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Republican Debate Gives CNN Primetime Win; Cable News Ratings for Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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October 19th, 2011

I already posted the CNN press release about the 5.5 million viewers (1.7 million adults 25-54) for last night's debate. It fell short of the 9/22 debate on FNC which averaged 6.1 million viewers, but here are the full night's cable news ratings.

Note, not included in the table below is 8 minutes of Anderson Cooper 360 in the 9pm hour which averaged 5.082 million total viewers and 1.536 million adults 18-49. The full 10pm hour of Anderson Copper 360 is included below.

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for October 18, 2011:

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,200            317            590
CNN         946            300            432
MSNBC         444            123            211
CNBC         210             59            111
FBN           49               6             23
HLN         254             97            129
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,054            500            868
CNN       4,396         1,347         1,984
MSNBC         834            209            427
CNBC         234             96            140
FBN           28               6             17
HLN         435            112            193
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends         999            316            609
CNN American Morning         195             93            109
MSNBC Morning Joe         359            117            180
CNBC Squawk Box         170             46             97
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         205            118            133
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,671            390            753
CNN Situation Room         622            155            208
MSNBC Hardball WITH C. MATTHEWS         729            171            305
CNBC FAST MONEY         256             49            132
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT         317             88            150
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,924            379            781
CNN John King USA         412             73            126
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         670            136            242
CNBC Mad Money         195             47            102
HLN Prime News         329            102            149
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC The Fox Report W/S.SMITH       2,031            563            980
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         636            157            294
MSNBC Hardball WITH C. MATTHEWS         791            177            353
CNBC Kudlow Report         187             43             89
HLN ISSUES         395            114            225
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,534            548         1,090
CNN WESTERN REP DEBATE       4,884         1,448         2,193
MSNBC Last Word W/ L. ODONNELL         704            158            336
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         165             56             95
HLN Nancy Grace         527            163            248
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC Hannity       1,632            437            674
CNN WESTERN REP DEBATE       6,201         1,903         2,827
MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show         790            200            433
CNBC BILLIONS BEHIND BARS         279            101            156
HLN Dr. Drew         360             94            158
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,991            515            839
CNN Anderson Cooper 360       2,244            735         1,008
MSNBC Ed Show       1,009            270            511
CNBC BILLIONS BEHIND BARS         259            131            170
HLN Joy Behar         443             89            189
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,503            533            742
CNN WESTERN REP DEBATE       1,242            483            623
MSNBC Last Word W/ L. ODONNELL         527            131            228
CNBC Mad Money         181            131            153
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         296             67            151

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For other days cable news ratings click here.

P2+ = viewers over the age of 2

(25-54) = Adults 25-54 viewing

(35-64) = Adults 35-64 viewing

Prime Time = 8-11pm

LIVE+SD: The number that watched a program either while it was broadcast OR watched via DVR on the same day [through 3AM the next day] the program was broadcast. For more information see Numbers 101.

Scratch = when a show's audience fails to meet minimum Nielsen reporting levels. For more information go here.

Nielsen Cable Network Coverage Estimates (as of July, 2011)

CNN/HLN: 101.12 million HHs

CNBC: 98.62 million HHs

FNC: 99.15 million HHs

MSNBC: 95.72 million HHs

Fox Business: 58.15 million HHs

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2011 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
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