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FNC Debate Coverage Draws 6.7 Million, Top Cable News Debate of 2011 - Cable News Ratings for Thursday, December 15, 2011

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December 16th, 2011

Last night's Republican Presidential Debate in Sioux City averaged 6.7 million total viewers and 1.87 million adults 25-54 over its nearly two hours. That's the top cable news debate this season, beating out FNC's coverage in September 22 and trails only last Saturday's debate on the ABC broadcast network.  Here are the debate rankings for 2011:

ranked on:

P 2+

P 25-54

Network Date Program Time Days

(000s)

(000s)

ABC 12/10/2011 ABC NEWS YOUR VOICE, VOTE 09:00P -11:00P _____S_

7631

2101

FOXN 12/15/2011 REPUBLICAN PRES DEBATE 09:00P -10:55P ___T___

6713

1865

FOXN 9/22/2011 REPUBLICAN PRES DEBATE 09:00P -11:00P ___T___

6107

1701

CNN 10/18/2011 WESTERN REP DEBATE 08:00P -09:52P _T_____

5495

1660

CBS 11/12/2011 CBS NEWS: SC REP DEBATE 08:00P -09:00P _____S_

5480

1520

MSNB 9/7/2011 DEBATE 08:00P -09:49P __W____

5411

1728

FOXN 8/11/2011 REPUBLICAN PRES DEBATE 09:00P -11:00P ___T___

5050

1426

CNN 9/12/2011 TEA PARTY REP DEBATE 08:00P -09:52P M______

3613

1132

CNN 11/22/2011 REP NATL SECURITY DEBATE 08:00P -09:59P _T_____

3602

1041

CNBC 11/9/2011 YOUR MONEY YOUR VOTE 08:00P -10:00P __W____

3332

993

FOXN 5/5/2011 REPUBLICAN PRES DEBATE 09:00P -10:31P ___T___

3258

854

CNN 6/13/2011 NEW HAMPSHIRE GOP DEBATE 08:00P -10:00P M______

3162

918

 

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for December 15, 2011

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,790            462            864
CNN         362            100            143
MSNBC         455            142            219
CNBC         193             70             95
FBN           58             10             25
HLN         239             90            127
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       5,742         1,515         2,653
CNN         418            114            159
MSNBC         786            219            342
CNBC         205            106            115
FBN           42             12             16
HLN         384            100            196
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,097            363            713
CNN American Morning         352            116            155
MSNBC Morning Joe         536            195            320
CNBC Squawk Box         184             71            131
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         286            118            127
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,470            309            680
CNN Situation Room         702            170            198
MSNBC Hardball WITH C. MATTHEWS         724            192            300
CNBC FAST MONEY         177             42             93
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT         241            114             98
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       2,034            402            857
CNN John King USA         497            133            177
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         777            226            350
CNBC Mad Money         185             72            103
HLN Prime News         350            152            191
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC The Fox Report W/S.SMITH       2,026            376            908
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         444            113            187
MSNBC Hardball WITH C. MATTHEWS         786            208            348
CNBC Kudlow Report         220             91            107
HLN ISSUES         421            122            185
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       3,863            846         1,636
CNN Anderson Cooper 360         518            150            214
MSNBC Ed Show         859            183            320
CNBC BUSINESS NATION         180             77            111
HLN Nancy Grace         480            108            251
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC REPUBLICAN PRES DEBATE       6,881         1,908         3,193
CNN Piers Morgan Tonight         422             88            134
MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show         872            286            425
CNBC MARIJUANA USA         243            145            137
HLN Dr. Drew         309             83            158
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC REPUBLICAN PRES DEBATE       6,529         1,817         3,139
CNN Anderson Cooper 360         314            104            131
MSNBC Last Word W/ L. ODONNELL         627            187            281
CNBC CRIME INC: DEADLY PRSCRP         192             97             98
HLN Joy Behar         367            106            178
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC Hannity       3,375            951         1,685
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         266             77            123
MSNBC Ed Show         423            101            196
CNBC Mad Money         110             50             79
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         202             93            107

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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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