Michael Jackson's sudden death and the blitz of coverage surrounding the investigation and the custody of the Jackson children was enough to put CNN's primetime back into second place for the month of July.
CNN bested MSNBC by 57% in the news network's 25-54 demographic and 48% in total viewers weekdays, according to Nielsen Media Research. MSNBC surpassed CNN in primetime for first quarter 2009.
Fox News Channel, the top-rated cable news network, posted a 70% increase in the primetime demo, year-to-year. The network was the third most-watched basic cable network behind USA and TNT and claims nine of the top 10 cable news programs among total viewers.