Cabler claimed top 11 shows

NEW YORK — Fox News Channel saw its total primetime audience increase a staggering 70% in November, a month filled with titillating news from the trial of Scott Peterson, the death of Yasser Arafat and a tightly contested election.

Cabler claimed the top 11 shows in the cable news business, even knocking CNN’s “Larry King Live” out of its customary spot in the top 10. King’s show came in at No. 12.

Fox News averaged 2.2 million viewers in primetime — more than double the competition (CNN, MSNBC and CNBC) combined.

CNN and MSNBC also showed growth in November over the same month last year, increasing their total primetime viewers 15% and 54%, respectively, while CNBC stayed roughly flat in primetime at 1% growth.

CNN averaged 982,000 primetime viewers for the month, compared with MSNBC’s 442,000, CNBC’s 158,000 and Headline News’ 194,000.

In total day, Fox grew its total average aud by 56%. CNN grew 24% and MSNBC 42%; CNBC fell 27%. CNN’s Headline News grew 29%.

Fox and CNN programs analyzing the election on Nov. 2 dominated the top 20 shows in cable for the month and were the only nonsports shows in the top 10.

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