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01/29/2014 09:51 am ET

January Cable News Ratings: Fox News Dominates, Rachel Maddow Breaks Into Top 5

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January marked the start of a new year for networks, so it's time to take a look at how the shows racked up.

"The O'Reilly Factor" was once again at number 1 to no one's surprise, with an average of 2,720,000 total viewers and 409,000 viewers in the key 25-54 age demo. Fox News came out on top across the board with its shows taking the top 14 spots in total viewers. "The Five," “The Kelly File" and “Special Report with Bret Baier” finished just behind O'Reilly, respectively. The network recovered strongly compared to January 2013 when it had its worst prime time ratings in the key demo (226,000 viewers ages 25-54) since August 2001.

Rachel Maddow continued to crawl up the rankings, leading MSNBC with 1,040,000 total viewers, 305,000 key demo viewers and breaking into the top 5 shows for the key demo.

"Anderson Cooper 360" was CNN's top performer in January, but that's not saying much. The show came in at 24th for total viewers and 27th for key age demo in a month that brought CNN its third-worst ratings in network history.

A new year and a fresh start is much needed after every network saw a drop in ratings during primetime hours in 2013. With 2014 being an election year, the networks can only hope that the months ahead will bring better ratings than last year.

(h/t: TV Newser)

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