Fox News Tops Rankings for 10th Year
Roger Ailes' plan was a winner, anchor says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2012 4:39 AM CST
Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch answer questions about their new network at a press conference in 1996.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

(Newser) – Fox News has plenty of critics—including Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy—but it also has more viewers than its two closest rivals combined, according to the latest Nielsen Ratings. The figures show that Fox is the most-watched cable news channel for the 10th year in a row, averaging 1.86 million viewers in prime time, while MSNBC had 775,000 and CNN had 689,000, the New York Daily News reports.

Fox beat CNN to the top spot five years after its launch in 1996, and has been there ever since. At the outset, Fox News chief Roger Ailes promised to make the network No. 1, recalls anchor Shepard Smith. "No category leader had ever been dethroned in cable. He had a plan and he said if we stick with it, we’d be OK," says Smith, who predicts years of Fox dominance ahead. "I don’t know why it can’t last,” he says. “It’s lasted 10 years."

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Jan 31, 2012 4:43 PM CST
....and, for the sour-grapes assholes who disparage the Fox audience, check the advertisers on Fox. They know the demographics, even if you don't.
Jan 31, 2012 4:41 PM CST
Whine.......whine........bitch.......bitch......rationalize........rationalize. heh, heh, heh Success is ...........lovely.
Jan 31, 2012 4:36 PM CST
Oh, how fun it is to see all the hatred in these posts. Libs just cannot stand the fact that Fox is even on the air, let alone beating the crap out of the every other news organization in existence. Fox news goes out of it's way to ensure that it's coverage is fair and balanced. They always provide both sides of the story, and also make sure that their discussion shows have ample Liberal representation. They have even given the flaming Lib Allen Colmes significant air time and his own show. No other channel would dare do that, and that is the reason Fox is dominant. They unabashedly give a different version of the news that the Lib channels spew out, then allow people with opposing views to offer their view points. In short, they provide both sides of issues and let the viewers decide. An awesome concept, and one that Hillary Clinton recognized during her battle with Obama for the nomination. While all the other channels were hopping on the Obama Express, Fox was the only channel to give her a fair amount of air time. In Hillary's own words. "Thank God for Fox".