Fox News Ratings Remain Strong, #2 Cable Channel In Primetime

Fox News is continuing its ratings dominance as America settles into the Obama era.

After a strong month of February, in which the network ranked #3 in primetime among all cable channels, Fox News posted even stronger ratings for the week ending March 1. It placed #2 in primetime among all cable channels — behind only USA — and averaged 2.6 million viewers for the week, which included President Obama's first address to a joint session of Congress.

This marks the seventh consecutive week that Fox News has placed in the top three cable channels in primetime — meaning that is has sustained interest for the duration of the Obama administration, emphatically ending any debate whether the network would succeed under a Democratic administration.

As a comparison, CNN ranked 14th in primetime (averaging 1.2 million total viewers) and MSNBC ranked 19th in primetime (averaging 1.1 million total viewers).

In total day ratings, where Nickelodeon is a perennial first-place winner, Fox News placed 4th (averaging 1.3 million total viewers), CNN ranked 17th (averaging 685,000 total viewers), and MSNBC placed 26th (averaging 483,000 total viewers).