Fox News Channel is celebrating another major victory in its fight to be the king of cable: It's taken the No. 2 prime time slot and is challenging perennial No. 1s ESPN, TNT and USA for the top slot.

For two consecutive weeks, Fox has been the second-most-watched prime time cable channel, behind ESPN, home to World Series and NFL fans.

In fact, Fox held No. 2 during a time when there was no major political and election news other than Obamacare’s problems to prop up its ratings, a huge achievement, according to industry insiders.

It is even more impressive when compared with CNN, which ranked 37th in basic cable prime time, even below MSNBC at 31st.

Fox not only retained its slot as the top cable news show, but is just one step away from being the biggest thing on cable during prime time, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at