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Fox News In April Hit 100-Straight Months At Top

Fox News will end April in strong shape. It will mark the 100 hundredth straight month as the top-rated channel in cable news — a march started in the period after the September 11 attacks.

Fox News also aired nine of the top 10-rated programs in cable news for the month, beat its primary competitors (CNN, MSNBC and Headline News) combined in prime-time, and was also the third highest-rated cable channel of any kind for the month in prime time based on total viewers.

Strong stuff. That said — all three major cable news channels saw notable year-to-year slumps in ratings. But the worst was for CNN, which lost about 40 percent of its viewership in the desirable 25 to 54 year old demographic in prime time.

In a statement alluding to the ideological leanings of the most popular shows on both MSNBC and Fox News, CNN spokeswoman Carolyn Disbrow said, "As the only non-partisan cable news organization, CNN is always impacted more by the ebb and flow of the news cycle."