The cable news ratings for February 2012 are in, and things were not business as usual.
Like clockwork, Fox News cleared the top of the list. The network, which celebrated ten years in first place, claimed the top twelve programs in total viewers.
However, the ratings weren't all positive for Fox News. Overall, the network was down -3% in total viewers and down -13% in the coveted A25-54 demo, compared to this time last year. There had been extensive coverage of Arab Spring last February.
Beyond that, the epic tug-of-war between MSNBC and CNN continued, and the February verdict was split. CNN won the demo during primetime, but MSNBC continued to draw the most total viewers. CNN got a big boost from the GOP debate hosted by John King, as well as its coverage of Whitney Houston's death.
At MSNBC, "The Rachel Maddow Show," which ranked right below the top Fox News programs, and "PoliticsNation" were both up in total viewers and the demo compared to last year. "Morning Joe" also maintained its spot in the top 30 shows, which it broke last month.
How did individual shows fare? Below, see the top 30 cable news programs of February.