FNC's Ratings Continue Rising While CNN's Plummet in Prime Time from www.mediaresearch.org 3/10/05 post CNN's prime time ratings plummeted 21 percent in February, as MSNBC's fell by 14 percent, but FNC's ratings actually rose 18 percent. That put FNC's average prime time audience at 1.57 million, compared to less than half, 637,000 for CNN, and even fewer for MSNBC, the New York Post reported on Thursday. An excerpt from "CNN Sinking in Fox Hole," a March 3 article by Tim Arango: CNN saw its prime-time ratings drop sharply in February, falling further behind Fox News. CNN's ratings dipped 16 percent overall and 21 percent in prime time during February, according to Nielsen Media Research, as some of the cable news channel's biggest stars lost viewers. Fox News was the only one among the four cable news networks to post ratings gains during the month.... Fox saw its ratings rise 18 percent to an average of 1.57 million viewers. This compares with an average of 637,000 viewers for CNN.... Among individual shows, CNN's "Paula Zahn Now," which airs from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., saw a 17 percent drop in ratings, while its Fox competitor, "The O'Reilly Factor," saw a 9 percent jump. In the 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. time slot, CNN's "Larry King Live" saw its ratings tumble 23 percent, while Fox's "Hannity & Colmes" posted a 19 percent rise. The only CNN show airing between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. to post a ratings gain was "Anderson Cooper 360," which airs from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. It gained only 2 percent. The other two cable news networks, CNBC and MSNBC, also saw ratings declines in February. CNBC's overall ratings declined 23 percent and in prime time they dropped 42 percent. MSNBC's ratings dropped 15 percent overall and 14 percent in prime time. END of Excerpt Full story covered in The New York Post 3/3/05 edition.