Fox News Channel topped prime-time cable ratings for the first time since October 1996.
According to Nielsen, the network averaged 1.7 million viewers a night from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the third quarter, making it the No. 1 cable news channel.
In total day ratings, Fox News Channel was third among all cable networks, surpassing ratings for ESPN and USA.
By comparison, CNN, which averaged 447,000 total day viewers, was No. 18. MSNBC, with 328,000 total viewers, was No. 26.
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