12/16/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

What's Next For The Cable News Channels?

Over the last three months of the 2008 presidential campaign, ratings for the cable news channel MSNBC were up 158 percent over the same period a year earlier. They were up 101 percent for the Fox News Channel. On Comedy Central, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" hit a record high of 3.6 million viewers for a guest appearance by Senator Barack Obama on Oct. 29.

For cable channels with strong points of view, it was a very good election.

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