Cable News Ratings for Thursday, April 12, 2012

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April 13th, 2012

With 3.174 million total viewers, The O’Reilly Factor once again drew more viewers than most (4 out of 5 shows) of the NBC broadcast network’s beleaguered Thursday night  lineup. The O’Reilly Factor outdrew Community (3.091 million), 30 Rock (2.984 million), Up All Night (3.121 million) and Awake (2.677 million).  The only NBC show that tallied more viewers than The O’Reilly Factor last night was The Office (4.395 million).

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for April 12, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,251            285            521
CNN         390            133            169
MSNBC         492            152            235
CNBC         188             62            104
FBN           70             11             29
HLN         235             86            129
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,465            554            973
CNN         652            221            285
MSNBC         915            276            431
CNBC         340            209            216
FBN           83             17             28
HLN         332            127            190
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,026            282            530
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         247            121            131
MSNBC Morning Joe         475            181            240
CNBC Squawk Box         142             34             74
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         317            124            190
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,648            319            646
CNN SITUATION ROOM         519             89            139
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         712            159            288
CNBC FAST MONEY         191             27             85
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT         179             64             78
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,847            309            624
CNN JOHN KING USA         459             94            126
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         700            173            307
CNBC MAD MONEY         256             84            150
HLN PRIME NEWS         175             58             57
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,946            400            755
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         672            172            229
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         725            186            337
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         169             22             57
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         317            103            144
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       3,174            687         1,187
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         645            205            269
MSNBC ED SHOW         891            245            429
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L         222            145            151
HLN NANCY GRACE         416            172            241
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       2,478            571            993
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         663            208            265
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       1,012            319            489
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L         331            215            221
HLN DR. DREW         354            127            191
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,708            406            730
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         647            249            321
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         841            263            374
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L         466            266            275
HLN NANCY GRACE         238             85            146
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,217            340            579
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         324            139            141
MSNBC ED SHOW         476            171            225
CNBC MAD MONEY         155             89            107
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         163             46            100

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.

  • Scoob

    Ed’s numbers just really arent looking that great lately. Maybe time for big Eddie to hang it up.

  • Joan

    Hannity is kicking a$$ whith these numbers and as the election gets closer they will only go up!

  • Snap Tie

    Now that Zimmerman has been arrested, NBC News Star & Race Specialist Al’s ratings have dropped back to normal – and will go lower every passing day..

  • Keynes

    Someone remind me why MSNBC switched the much better Lawrence O’Donnel with the much worse Ed Schultz?

  • Joan

    The lefties will be here soon going nuts because Madcow came close to the 4 A M Fox and Friends! ROFLMBO

  • Snap Tie

    @ Joan: Fox & Friends First, one month out of the can is beating CNN prime-time..

  • later dudes

    …may be if Ed had abit of balance on his show once in awhile things might improve….again last nite a segment with, two heavy, bleeding heart, I mean far left guests to discuss a womens issue…..everybody in the discussion agrees 100% with the other…all far left views….why is there not another voice in the discussion I ask?????????????/….its pathetic….MSNBC really truly must be in it for the re-elect campaign only……they have zero objectivity…..it really is sad to see major so called news networks playing these types of rolls…..good thing I’ll be dead when all the sh##t hits the fan and this country is completly broke….The United States of Entitlements…F##ck it…..who really cares anymore….no body is honest….what a joke….

  • jmr

    Wow! You right-wingers are so pathetic! Your egos are SO fragile. You right-wingers have to sit around and compliment yourselves on Fox News ratings! My God! You people HAVE NO LIFE. You are just a bunch of brain dead zombies! I mean, look at the numbers! The reason Fox News is number one is because their audience is full of the geriatric set! That’s where Fox News’ lead comes from. Old people sitting at home shouting the n-word at the TV anytime a picture of President Obama comes on screen. Plus, Fox News has a built in advantage. The number of brain-dead, mouth breathing, white trash morons will ALWAYS be higher than the number of intelligent, thoughtful people. Progressives are out making the world run. Not sitting in front of the TV all day. Fox News viewers sit around with their hatred and racism waiting for their government checks to arrive in the mail. Congratulations, right-wingers, on your COMPLETE lack of lives and your COMPLETE meaninglessness to decent society! :-)

  • hal

    jmr is a liberal a-hole. Fox News won in all categories. However, you must be too stupid to read the numbers

  • Matthew

    “Plus, Fox News has a built in advantage. The number of brain-dead, mouth breathing, white trash morons will ALWAYS be higher than the number of intelligent, thoughtful people. Progressives are out making the world run. Not sitting in front of the TV all day. Fox News viewers sit around with their hatred and racism waiting for their government checks to arrive in the mail.”

    Hey genius, if you’re trying to make the case that racism (and, by extension, stereotyping and other prejudicial behavior) is bad, it might help if you don’t follow it up with classism, and stereotyping an entire television network’s audience. Or, for that matter, stereotyping an entire age demographic – Also, you might notice that the same statistical proportion of all of the other cable news channels is also old, which is more a statement about television news than a statement about ideology. Don’t be a jackass.

  • Wayne J.


    I agree 100% and WELL SAID. I’ve been looking at the ratings of cable news shows on this website for many months and NEVER bothered to comment. I just read and laugh at the ignorant, right-wing BLATHER on these comment boards.

    All I found out was that most of these clowns are WANNABE Fox News workers or cheerleaders but have the IQ of their shoe size. LOL..

    The right-wing rhetoric on these boards should be on “Ripley’s, Believe It Or Not.”

    When Pres. Obama beats Romney in the Fall, I bet you’ll hear the CRICKETS and nothing more.

  • d.d.

    I watched 10 minutes of Hannity & 10 minutes of Piers Morgan last night. Neither show rated more than more than 10 minutes of my time.


    A word to the wise to all…. posters who stay here should realize , that they are stuck with us as we are , warts & all . When we becomes personally involved in a thread , we aren’t as effective as when we retain our cool . Gut punching others and/or using bad words is not playing nice, nor, does it work.

    Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon Saul Alinsky’s Rule #5.


    U.S backed battery company’s sale to Russian tycoon sparks anxiety

    U.S. sunk millions into battery technology with military applications, but now it’s in foreign hands

    This story is more than the failure of Ener1. U.S. Taxpayers pledged up to $118 million in federal stimulus funds and $80 million in state and local incentives to help Ener1 produce cutting-edge battery technology for electric cars and the U.S. military. The failure of the company allowed for transferring technology paid for by U.S. taxpayers to foreigners , & , in this case Russia. Zingarevich acquired Ener1 out of bankruptcy March 30 with an agreement to infuse $81 million in financing, giving him a sophisticated line of batteries that can power electric cars, store electricity for power grids and supply portable power for soldiers.

    “In a company whose ownership is connected to Medvedev, you have a golden opportunity for a military technology transfer and, perhaps, civil transfer from the U.S. to Russia at no cost,” said Stephen Blank, an expert on Russia and a research professor of national security affairs for the Strategic Studies Institute at the United States Army War College.

    Hmmm……..”In the case of Ener1, neither the Department of Energy nor the Navy checked on foreign ownership before awarding the company grants and research and development contracts. The Army, which also awarded contracts, said individual employees underwent routine background checks as contractors, but scrutinizing the company’s ownership structure was not part of its purview.”


  • DB

    jmr–does the j stand for Jeff??

  • Matthew

    “Gut punching others and/or using bad words is not playing nice, nor, does it work.”

    I’m sure this is already obvious from my various aggressive and ‘jerkish’ posts, but – I think it’s perfectly fine to say Mean Words to a person, and judge the character of an individual, so long as you’re careful to distinguish between individuals and groups. I think it only becomes a problem when people fall into the habit of “you belong to Group X, so your bad behavior is Group X’s bad behavior, and it’s now acceptable for me to apply blanket statements.”

  • Bay Area

    Posted April 13, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    You stupid Liberal… what you tried to say was “We Republicans so smart and have a good taste of life” Not like you left wingers always bitter and blame Bush… Just like Obama, so arrogant, put down Americans.. and Only fight for Left Wingers Union members.. If he is a president of USA,,,, should be for all NOT divide the country.. How can you sleep at night time you left wingers… knowing what you stand for???

  • betty

    “THE SUITS” don’t care WHO is Watching , as long as the Numbers show
    that MILLIONS are Watching! So,don’t get your Panties in a twist, sit back,
    feet atop desk and take a DEEP breath……um-m-m-m-m-m ahhhhhh.
    Always remenmer, jealousy and envy are very Deadly sins !

  • Joan

    @ jmr and Wayne J.

    your on my list now!

  • Wayne J.

    @ Joan:

    I’m on your list? Bummer… because you’re one of the DUMBEST ones in here. Egads! :/

  • Loser Wayne

    Wayne J

    Is that you Stupid Left wingers always complain we Repulicans are smart and educated???
    Wayne, you are totally loser just like your Obama who doesn’t know what to do… other than diving the country into TWO

  • REM

    liberals should not be alowed to procreate. what a wonderful world it would be

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