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Republican Debate Boosts Fox News; Cable News Ratings for Monday, January 16, 2012

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January 18th, 2012


FOX News Channel’s debate this past Monday night (MLK holiday) in South Carolina attracted 5.5 million viewers with 1.6 million in the 25-54 demographic – even with the holiday, FNC’s debate beat the last debate held by NBC’s Meet The Press in both total viewers and in the demo. It also beat CBS’s last debate in the 25-54 demo.

FNC continues to hold the record as having the top debate ratings in cable news. Additionally, FNC’s debate (9-11PM) more than tripled the competition combined on Monday night (747,000 for MSNBC and 518,000 for CNN from 9-11pm).

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for January 16, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC  1,618  417  766
CNN  382  120  170
MSNBC  454  98  204
CNBC  155  60  77
FBN  52  15  24
HLN  276  84  137
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC  4,769  1,294  2,184
CNN  553  181  258
MSNBC  773  147  345
CNBC  280  110  115
FBN  28  8  11
HLN  376  114  210
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends  989  308  595
CNN American Morning  189  98  129
MSNBC Morning Joe  416  108  215
CNBC Squawk Box  52  16  31
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade  255  109  143
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE  1,746  357  746
CNN Situation Room  580  126  219
MSNBC Hardball WITH C. MATTHEWS  866  150  277
CNBC AMERICAN GREED  162  80  97
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT  228  45  109
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER  2,008  454  897
CNN John King USA  516  131  203
MSNBC POLITICS NATION  734  148  272
CNBC AMERICAN GREED  220  89  131
HLN Prime News  330  58  144
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC The Fox Report W/S.SMITH  1,886  447  874
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT  477  150  182
MSNBC Hardball WITH C. MATTHEWS  740  189  368
CNBC AMERICAN GREED  212  92  125
HLN ISSUES  461  78  197
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR  3,343  731  1,472
CNN Anderson Cooper 360  623  181  306
MSNBC Ed Show  815  137  364
CNBC BILLIONS BEHIND BARS  236  114  103
HLN Nancy Grace  527  149  278
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC REPUBLICAN PRES DEBATE  5,168  1,433  2,343
CNN Piers Morgan Tonight  510  167  222
MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show  831  180  360
CNBC CRIME INC: COUNTERFEIT  335  93  110
HLN Dr. Drew  351  117  194
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC REPUBLICAN PRES DEBATE  5,783  1,713  2,727
CNN Anderson Cooper 360  525  194  247
MSNBC Last Word W/ L. ODONNELL  664  124  304
CNBC CRIME INC: HUMAN TRAFFICK  269  124  130
HLN Nancy Grace  278  83  170
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC Hannity  2,976  940  1,494
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT  271  99  125
MSNBC Ed Show  483  105  225
CNBC CRIME INC: STOLEN GOODS  188  78  81
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT  223  64  89

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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: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

 
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