MSNBC topped CNN in primetime and total day during the month of October, according to the latest Nielsen numbers.

MSNBC beat CNN among total viewers (795,000 to 576,000) and viewers in the key 25-54 demo (233,000 to 189,000) during primetime. It also topped CNN in total day for total viewers (491,000 to 441,000) and viewers in the key demo (145,000 to 135,000).

The numbers come as welcome news for MSNBC, which had a rough time in the ratings earlier this year. It regained its foothold in August, and both MSNBC and CNN claimed victories for Q3 2013.

All three cable news networks saw dramatic decreases compared to this time last year, a particularly newsy month which saw the 2012 election — including presidential debates — and the beginning of Hurricane Sandy coverage. CNN's declines in primetime, however, were smaller than MSNBC's. CNN was down 45 percent among total viewers and down 50 percent in the demo in primetime. Meanwhile, MSNBC was down 45 percent in total viewers and 55 percent in the demo during primetime.

Individual CNN shows, like "New Day," "The Lead" and "Crossfire," also showed growth in total viewers and in the demo compared to October 2012. All of MSNBC shows were down from last year, but "Morning Joe" and all the primetime shows were up compared to September 2013.

Fox News led the pack as usual with 1,862,000 total viewers and 323,000 viewers ages 25-54 during primetime. However, the network — which has been experiencing ratings woes in the demo — was down the most when compared to October 2012: during primetime, Fox News saw 46 percent fewer viewers and 59 percent fewer viewers ages 25-54.

Earlier on HuffPost:

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  • 30. Around The World

    CNN -- 452,000 total viewers

  • 29. Martin Bashir

    MSNBC -- 458,000 total viewers

  • 28. Anderson Cooper 360 (11 p.m.)

    CNN -- 470,000 total viewers

  • 27. AC 360 Later

    CNN: 489,000 total viewers

  • 26. Fox And Friends First

    Fox News -- 510,000 total viewers

  • 25. The Situation Room

    CNN -- 522,000 total viewers

  • 24. Anderson Cooper 360 (10 p.m.)

    CNN -- 532,000 total viewers

  • 23. CNN Newsroom

    CNN -- 534,000 total viewers

  • 22. The Lead

    CNN -- 535,000 total viewers

  • 21. Piers Morgan Live

    CNN -- 561,000 total viewers

  • 20. All In

    MSNBC -- 574,000 total viewers

  • 19. PoliticsNation

    MSNBC -- 581,000 total viewers

  • 18. Hardball with Chris Matthews

    MSNBC -- 598,000 total viewers

  • 17. Anderson Cooper 360 (8 p.m.)

    CNN -- 601,000 total viewers

  • 16. The Ed Show

    MSNBC -- 628,000 total viewers

  • 15. The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

    MSNBC -- 632,000 total viewers

  • 14. The Rachel Maddow Show

    MSNBC -- 734,000 total viewers

  • 13. Happening Now

    Fox News -- 988,000 total viewers

  • 12. America Live

    Fox News -- 1.064 million total viewers

  • 11. Fox & Friends

    Fox News -- 1.081 million total viewers

  • 10. Studio B

    Fox News -- 1.082 million total viewers

  • 9. O'Reilly Factor (11PM)

    Fox News -- 1.134 million total viewers

  • 8. America's Newsroom

    Fox News -- 1.193 million total viewers

  • 7. Your World with Neil Cavuto

    Fox News -- 1.269 million total viewers

  • 6. On the Record with Greta van Susteren

    Fox News -- 1.444 million total viewers

  • 5. Fox Report with Shepard Smith

    Fox News -- 1.476 million total viewers

  • 4. Hannity

    Fox News -- 1.689 million total viewers

  • 3. Special Report with Bret Baier

    Fox News -- 1.788 million total viewers

  • 2. The Five

    Fox News -- 1.871 million total viewers

  • 1. The O'Reilly Factor

    Fox News -- 2.540 million total viewers