Fox News Channel surpassed Cable News Network as the most-watched news
channel in January, according to Nielsen Media Research.
While it has frequently topped CNN in ratings during the past year, January
marked the first time FNC topped CNN in viewers, averaging 656,000 versus
596,000 for CNN.
FNC topped CNN despite the latter's distribution advantage over Fox: 86
million subscribers versus 77 million.
FNC averaged a 0.7 total-day rating and 539,000 households in January,
topping CNN's 0.6 and 525,000 households.
In primetime, FNC pulled a 1.1 rating, 840,000 households and 1.1 million
viewers compared with CNN, which posted a 0.9 rating, 757,000 households and
CNN and FNC dominated MSNBC, which averaged a 0.4 primetime rating and
CNBC pulled a 0.3 rating and 223,000 households.
CNN Headline News placed last in the news category, averaging a 0.2 primetime
rating and 181,000 households.
CNBC was the only news network that lost households compared with last
January, dropping 25 percent in total day and 31 percent in primetime.
FNC doubled its household count during the same period, followed by CNN (up
51 percent), Headline (up 48 percent) and MSNBC (up 23