This year's race for cable news ratings had a clear front-runner, according to newly released Nielsen numbers. Not surprisingly, Fox News Channel came out on top, continuing its ratings dominance over its cable news competition. According to Business Insider, Fox News clocked its second-highest ratings year ever in 2010:
It was also the only news channel to hit the top 10 in cable networks, ranking fourth in Primetime behind USA, ESPN and TNT.
Want some context for that? Fox News' total viewers for the year exceeded MSNBC, HLN, and CNN combined.
That dominance came primarily at the expense of CNN which lost 29% of its total viewership in 2010 and 34% of its prime time viewers. Yes, you read that right.
MSNBC, meanwhile stayed the course in total day total viewers - it was the only news channel not to drop in that category -- but dropped 5% year over year in prime time total viewers and 9% in the prime time demo.