09/21/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Fox News Ratings Soar On Politically-Themed Programming

NEW YORK -- Political-themed programming this week has worked wonders for the already high ratings of the Fox News Channel.

Special "Character & Conduct" profiles of the two presidential candidates scored high in the cable news ratings taking the place of the vacationing Bill O'Reilly.

On Monday, the Barack Obama documentary hosted by Bill Hemmer averaged 2.3 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said. That compared with 1.1 million viewers for MSNBC's "Countdown" and 687,000 for CNN's "Election Center." It also beat "The O'Reilly Factor" average July ratings, which are 2.2 million.

There were 493,000 viewers 25-54 for the Fox News documentary. Later that night, "Hannity & Colmes" built upon the documentary's ratings for 2.5 million viewers with its interview of Pastor Rick Warren.

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