WASHINGTON — Continuing its winning streak, Fox News Network lured more viewers as live television captured young Iraqis bringing down a statute of Saddam Hussein in the heart of Baghdad.
All along the way, the three-week-old war on Iraq had handed Fox News record-breaking audiences. Last week, Fox News claimed 43 of the top 50 basic cable shows in ratings share, a historic stat.
“This is our best ever,” one Fox News exec said.
As Wednesday dawned, all the news nets provided live, continuous coverage of U.S. tanks rumbling into downtown Baghdad. Fox News averaged roughly 3.5 million daytime viewers, while CNN averaged 2.3 million, according to Nielsen Media Research. MSNBC averaged 1.3 million viewers. In the primetime window, Fox averaged 4.8 million viewers; CNN, 3.2 million and MSNBC, 1.6 million.
Also last week, Fox News morning show, “Fox & Friends” beat CBS’ “The Early Show” for the first time, averaging roughly 2.9 million to CBS’ 2.7 million. “Friends” airs 7-9 ayem EDT, and is co-hosted by Steve Doocy, E.D. Hill and Brian Kilmeade.