Cable News Network dominated the all-news networks in ratings the week of the
terrorist attacks, but rival Fox News Channel beat CNN in primetime Thursday
night for the first time since Sept. 11.
FNC generated a 1.7 Nielsen Media Research primetime rating Thursday,
narrowly topping CNN's 1.6. But CNN, which counts more subscribers, pulled 1.4
million households compared with FNC's 1.2 million.
MSNBC posted a 1.0 rating and 671,000 households in primetime Thursday
CNN won the total-day category Thursday with a 1.1 rating, compared with a
1.0 for FNC and a 0.7 for MSNBC.
All of the networks posted record primetime ratings Sept. 11. CNN generated a
5.9 rating that night, followed by FNC (3.7) and MSNBC (2.6). But as the
coverage has shifted from rapid breaking-news stories to more news analysis and
talking-head programming, MSNBC and FNC have narrowed CNN's lead