Fox News has record ratings year

The network's been bolstered by President Obama's presence in the White House

Published December 30, 2009 2:49PM (EST)

Its personalities may not like him, but President Obama has been very, very good for Fox News: 2009 was the best ratings year yet for the network, which was launched in 1996.

In prime time, Fox averaged 2.187 million total viewers, up 7 percent from last year; its total day numbers are up 13 percent. Meanwhile, its competitors have seen their ratings fall.

It's hard not to attribute the network's recent success to the Democrat in the White House and the party's control of Congress. Bad news for Republicans has generally been good news for Fox, and it's no surprise — anger tends to drive viewers.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

MORE FROM Alex Koppelman

Related Topics ------------------------------------------

Fox News War Room