CNN may be a cable-news ratings laggard, but it has managed to beat its rivals, Fox News and MSNBC, as the number one trending news source on Google. The search engine giant released its annual trends list this week, giving CNN an early Christmas present in what has been a mixed year at best for the network.
CNN, which finished third last year, displaced ESPN, which dropped out of the top ten entirely.
Fox News came in second after not making the top ten last year, and MSNBC tumbled to ninth, after relaunching its website in October. Al Jazeera rounded out the top ten, meaning that maybe they are getting some value after overpaying Al Gore for Current TV in January.