FNC, CNN Fit to Be Tied


Fox News Channel and Cable News Network tied in primetime in January with 0.8
ratings, blowing away MSNBC, which generated a 0.4.

It marks the second month in a row FNC has tied CNN in primetime. But while
FNC's numbers jumped 60 percent in ratings and 102 percent in households from
last January, CNN was flat compared with the same period.

In the total-day category, both CNN and FNC pulled 0.4 ratings. CNN, which is
more widely distributed, pulled 341,000 households compared with 258,000 at FNC.
MSNBC pulled a 0.3 total-day rating and 199,000 households.

CNN Headline News drew a 0.2 primetime rating and 135,000 households, flat
compared with last year. CNBC generated a 0.4 primetime rating, also flat with
last year. Both networks drew the same ratings in the total-day category.

Although MSNBC pulled one-half of the ratings of CNN and FNC, the network
pointed out that its total-day performance in the adults 25-to-54 demographic
grew 44 percent from January 2000 to 121,000 households.