13 December 2012 11:14 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

For the 11th consecutive year, Fox News Channel has won the cable news network war. The News Corp-owned channel finished No. 1 in primetime total viewers this election year with an average of 2.071 million, according to Nielsen data released today, an 11% rise over 2011. However, all of the cable news networks were down in primetime viewership from the 2008 election.  Fnc pulled in an average of 2.1 million four years ago and MSNBC drew 920,000. In second place in 2008 with a primetime viewership of 1.3 million, CNN suffered the biggest drop four years later. In 2012, MSNBC, meanwhile, saw double-digit gains over last year in both viewers and the key adults 25-54 demographic. Behind several nights during the Presidential election in which it took the top spot over Fnc, MSNBC was up 18% over last year in primetime viewership for an average of 913,000. CNN finished in third place for a third consecutive year, down 3% in viewership from 689,000 a »

- DOMINIC PATTEN

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