With Americans glued to their television sets following the tragic events of last week in Boston, Fox News has posted its first victory among cable networks in ratings since 2005, according to Nielsen ratings from the week.
This is not among just cable news networks, mind you. This is ALL cable channels across America.
Fox News drew the largest ratings in both day and primetime viewing between April 15 and April 21. This is the first time that any cable news network pulled that off since the last time Fox News did it, with its wall-to-wall coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation it unleashed upon New Orleans, Louisiana and the entire Gulf Coast region.
Fox News averaged 2.874 million viewers in primetime, putting it above usual ratings victor USA (which averaged 2.621 million viewers). CNN also saw its numbers rise, as it averaged 1.985 million viewers. Given its errors in reporting during the week, CNN may have preferred less people were watching, however.
MSNBC brought up the rear, with under a million viewers on average.
In daytime, Fox News averaged 1.772 million viewers, beating Nickelodeon by more than 100,000 on average. CNN had 1.329 million viewers on average, with MSNBC coming in very low with 578,000 viewers.