MSNBC is on top for the first time in 17 years.
The network finished No. 1 in cable news prime time ratings among adults ages 25-54 in May, defeating Fox News and CNN on weeknights for the first time since September 2000, Ad Week reports.
MSNBC pulled in 532,000 viewers in the Monday through Friday, 8 to 11 p.m. time slot per Nielsen, compared to 524,000 for Fox News and 455,000 for CNN. Total viewers for MSNBC was 2.2 million on average while CNN had 1.3 million and Fox News 2.5 million.
The primetime audience growth from last May is also surprising, as MSNBC saw a 105 percent spike in total viewers.
Host Rachel Maddow was a great reason for the increase in viewership. She was host of the No. 1 cable news program, The Rachel Maddow Show, for the month of May among adults 25-54. Morning Joe, with Joe Scarborough, also had a solid month as it eclipsed 1 million total viewers.
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