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Chilean miners give Fox News huge boost

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As the last trapped Chilean miner made his way back to the Earth’s surface Wednesday night, Fox News scored its highest ratings since Election Night 2008.

The top-rated news cabler averaged 7.1 million viewers from 8:15 to 9 p.m., when Shepard Smith anchored live coverage of the event. That reps Fox News’ highest-rated telecast of the year and best since it 9.5 million viewers from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 4, 2008.

According to Fox News, its second-highest telecast of the year came on Jan. 19, when coverage of the special Massachusetts election during “Hannity” delivered 6.8 million viewers.

Fox News also beat two broadcast networks — NBC and Fox — in the 8 p.m. hour.

Here’s how the cable news nets fared in prime:

PRIMETIME (8-11PM ET)

FNC: 4,862,000 in P2+ (1,254,000 in 25-54)

CNN: 2,364,000 in P2+ (705,000 in 25-54)

MSNBC: 920,000 in P2+ (293,000 in 25-54)

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