Bush speech sets Fox News record


Fox News Channel recorded its best-ever ratings Monday night for President
Bush's prime-time address.

During the 8 p.m. hour, Fox News attracted a stunning 7.6 million viewers for
the 15-minute speech and post-address analysis. The network notched a 6.0 rating
during the speech, climbing to a blistering 6.5 during the analysis, according
to Nielsen Media Research.

Cable News Network averaged 4.7 million viewers for the hour (a 3.8 rating
for the speech and post-analysis), and MSNBC collected 1.9 million viewers (1.6
rating during the address, 1.5 for remainder of the hour).

Fox News' most popular shows also boasted record marks. The O'Reilly
, which came on at 9 p.m. EST, notched a 4.9 rating with 5.7 million
viewers and Hannity & Colmes grabbed a 3.6 rating and 3.9 million

Fox News' record take Monday night followed a stellar ratings week. The
network averaged a 2.0 rating and 2.1 million viewers in prime time for the week
of March 10 through 16, according to Nielsen data from ABC Cable Networks.

Nickelodeon finished the week with a 1.8 rating and slightly higher
viewership, averaging 2.2 million viewers. Turner Network Television turned in a
1.8 average in prime time with 1.8 million viewers.

Disney Channel, Lifetime Television and USA Network each counted a 1.7
rating. Rounding out the top-10-rated networks were TBS Superstation (1.6
rating), Cartoon Network (1.5), CNN (1.4) and Sci Fi Channel