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Q1 2010 Ratings: Dominant Fox News Has Best Quarter in Network History

In the first quarter of 2010, Fox News drew its largest total day audience averages for any quarter in the network’s nearly 14 year history; its second largest in primetime.

Total day (Mon-Sun): 1.30M Total / 354K A25-54
Prime (Mon-Sun): 2.32M Total / 594K A25-54

FNC was the only network to show growth in each ratings category and, for the second consecutive quarter, FNC programs were the top 13 in cable news in Total Viewers. FNC also had the top 13 programs in the demo this quarter. Every FNC program was up against Q1 of ’09.

Two evening news programs, “Special Report with Bret Baier” (2.46M total/541k demo) and “Fox Report with Shepard Smith” (2.11M total/526k demo), each had their best quarters ever. Those programs saw a benefit from FNC’s 5pm program hosted by Glenn Beck which saw the largest year-to-year increases of all shows in the demo (up +50%). Greta Van Susteren and Bill O’Reilly were both up more than +20% in the demo compared to Q1 of ’09.

Fox News was the #2 basic cable network in primetime and averaged more Total Viewers in primetime and total day than CNN, MSNBC, and HLN combined.

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