Fox News tops primetime cable ratings
Presidential debate, exclusive interviews contributedNEW YORK - Fox News Channel leaped to the top ratings slot in primetime for all of basic cable, the second time this year.
Nielsen Media Research pegged Fox the top-ranked network in primetime, ahead of the general entertainment channels, as well as its cable news competitors. That included other channels like ESPN with "Monday Night Football." Fox News was also in second place in total day, behind Nickelodeon.
Fox News' strength came from its regular programming in the weeks before the election as well as strong ratings in the second presidential debate. Exclusive interviews with John McCain and Sarah Palin on "Hannity & Colmes" and Palin on "On the Record with Greta van Susteren" also contributed.
Last week was the second time since September 2005 that the network was tops in basic cable. The first time was the GOP convention coverage the first week of September. Before that, Fox News was number one in all of cable in August 2005 with coverage of Hurricane Katrina.