News Nets Dominate Nielsen Race


With war still being waged in Iraq, the news networks
dominated the household ratings race again last week.

Fox News Channel continued to lead the way, averaging a 4.2 primetime rating
from March 31 through April 6.

CNN was second with a 3.1 averaged, followed by TNT's 2.0 and Disney
Channel's 1.8. MSNBC and Cartoon Network were tied for fifth with a 1.7,
according to an ABC Cable Network Group analysis of Nielsen Media Research data.

Rounding out the top 10 in primetime: Nickelodeon with a 1.6; Lifetime with a
1.5; USA Network at a 1.4; and TBS Superstation with a 1.3.

Gauged on a total-day basis, Fox News was first with a 3.1 average, 0.8
points ahead of second-place CNN. Perennial 24-hour leader Nickelodeon was third
with a 1.5, while MSNBC was fourth with a 1.3.

There was a three-way tie for fifth among Disney Channel, Cartoon and TNT,
all of which garnered a 1.1 last week.

Among the key adult demographics, MTV was No. 1 among the 18-to-34 set,
averaging 531,000 of those viewers, according to a Turner analysis of Nielsen

Fox News was second with 471,000 and CNN third with 401,000.

Fox ruled the roost among adults 18 to 49 (1.59 million) and adults 25 to 54
(2.01 million).

CNN was second with 1.33 million and 1.67 million watchers among those
respective groups.

For its part, TNT was third with 1.06 million and 1.16 million of those
viewers, respectively. 

War news and Fox News dominated the top shows for the week.

Fox News posted 43 of the top 50 shows for the week, including the top 14,
headed by The Fox Report with Shepherd Smith on April, which grabbed a 5.8
household rating from 7:29 p.m. to 8 p.m. that night.

CNN's highest-rated entry was Newsnight with Aaron Brown at No. 15 with a 4.5
on April 3 from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

TNN's coverage of World Wrestling Entertainment's Raw on March 31 --
averaging a 3.8 from 10 p.m. to 11:07 p.m. --  was the highest-rated
entertainment show of the week.