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Cable news behemoth Fox News beats CNN and MSNBC combined, in February ratings
Fox News beat out competitors in ratings for an eight consecutive month for February. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Cable news behemoth Fox News beats CNN and MSNBC combined, in February ratings

Fox News network once again beat out CNN and MSNBC in ratings for February, and did it so soundly that they surpassed the competition combined.

According to Nielsen Research, Fox News won for the eighth consecutive month in total viewers over basic cable with 1.75 million viewers. Nickelodeon garnered 1.15 million and HGTV garnered 902,000 viewers.

The 21st Century-owned cable news network was also up 39 percent in the key 25-54 demographic that advertisers covet most, with 592,000 total viewers. In total viewers and the key demographic, Fox beat MSNBC and CNN in both categories combined.

And Fox is still dominating the top shows in cable news.

Overall, Fox News had 13 of the top 15 programs in cable news.

MSNBC's "The Rachael Maddow Show" and "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" were the only non-Fox programs to break the top 15, finishing seventh and 13th, respectively.

February 2017 was the network's 182nd consecutive month as the most-watched cable news channel in total viewers. It was also the network’s highest rated month since November 2016.

Fox News has been shuffling personnel around with Tucker Carlson taking over Megyn Kelly's spot after she left for MSNBC. Ratings have increased dramatically with the new anchor, who has used his program to debate combatively many figures on the left, including Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Compared to Megyn Kelly's performance as host of "The Kelly File" in February of 2016, Carlson is up 31 percent in total viewers with 3.28 million and is up 55 percent in the key demographic with 695,000 viewers.

Greta Van Susteren also announced a move to MSNBC after leaving Fox News, and admitting that she had been sexually harassed by Roger Ailes.

While many have seen Fox News as the pro-Trump news outlet, he had attacked them for what he saw as bias in the past, and some Fox personalities have been very critical of the 45th president, including Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace over Trump's attacks on the media. 

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