Long shunned by Democrats and shut out of their high-rated primary debates, Fox News Channel scored last week with a little help from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

The two made high-profile appearances on the news channel, Clinton in a two-part interview for "The O'Reilly Factor" and Obama in a long-awaited interview for "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace.

Fox News vaulted into third place among all cable networks in primetime for the week ending Sunday, according to Nielsen Media Research. Although Fox is no stranger to the top 10, this week's performance was due in large part to the Clinton interview that trounced the competition Wednesday and Thursday.