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.

  • nimeinenumer

    @jmr,Obama’s votes will come from ignorant,uneducated,low lifes that want handouts and those people are not republicans!

  • Hillbilly

    Sounds like its based on the Clinton family. I expect everybody to watch. There will be a quiz after each show. :razz:

  • Hillbilly

    suikostinger – I’ve seen tons of shock jocks and people on Fox News that say “man, we are going to have a Muslim and a Mormon running for president.

    Just curious where you got the info that Romney is a billionaire? No answer eh?


    So once again you make statements & won’t back them up. I won’t call you names or attack you. I’ll just leave you in your own little world to do as you please. Not being mean, but i can no longer take anything you say seriously.

  • Hillbilly

    @Sara Bibel

    Thanks for the extra info.

  • Hillbilly

    @All/Whom ever

    If the Trayvon/Zimmerman deal does to court & it gets aired on TV will it boost the ratings of those who cover it? I don’t know if Nancy Grace is still with HLN. With the election coverage going on i don’t see CNN or FNC covering it all day, every day. I’m guessing that’s what gave CNN a boost Wednesday. I say it will boost HLN (if their the only ones showing it) but not as much as the Caylee Anthony trial. JMO.

  • Hillbilly

    For all you Sarah Palin fans – She has a special airing with Eric Bolling on gas prices. Not exactly sure what time, but I’m guessing it will air more than once. If you miss the first airing it will probably air multiple times over the weekend. You can thank me by donating to helpahillbilly.com. ;)

  • Hillbilly

    Snap Tie
    Posted April 13, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    A dozen Secret Service agents with President Obama at the Summit of the Americas in Columbia have been relieved of duty because of allegations of misconduct. The “anonymous” tip that the misconduct involved prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia


    That’s the first time I’ve ever heard of the SS behaving like that. If their going downhill this country is in bad shape. I did read the misconduct was before Nobama got there.

  • KenMan

    We have become a very bitter and divided Country and the Cable news Networks have not helped especially MSNBC the absolute worst of the bunch. Too bad they cannot be charged with serious lying. They and the Administration want a so-called Progressive Country and my question is always the same, “Where has it worked”. We could start in the once great city of Detroit or maybe Flint, or even St. Louis. We could move west and check out the Socialistic state of California which remains 3 days from bankruptcy at all times. It is a garden spot of the planet and look at what Democrat management has done to it. Are these kinds of success stories what we want for the entire Country or should we follow the lead of a more Conservative state such as Texas.

  • Matthew

    ” They and the Administration want a so-called Progressive Country and my question is always the same, ‘Where has it worked’.”

    It’s worked… uh, in America, for example. Do you have a 40 hour work week, and weekends off, allowing you to have an actual life outside of work with your family? Are you paid a living wage? Do you have benefits? A safe work environment? Legal options if your employer screws you over? Middle Class status? Are your children able to enjoy an actual childhood, instead of working in factories and coal mines so that your family can afford to eat? Do you live in a community with roads, schools, hospitals, an energy infrastructure, and fire department?

    Well, then congratulations, you’re enjoying the benefits of the Progressive Era and the labor movement. Try looking at the life of the average worker during the Gilded Age and see if you find it to be desirable; Better yet, compare your life to the life of any FoxConn worker in China, where forming a union carries a prison sentence, and where life is much as it was here prior to the Progressive Era.

    “…should we follow the lead of a more Conservative state such as Texas.”

    Experience unprecedented population growth, particularly in the Hispanic community? Accept more Stimulus money than all but two other governors in the nation, and use said money to fill in the budget shortfalls created through massive state-level investment in jobs for public workers, which accounts for almost half of Texas’ job growth in 2009 – 2011?

  • suikostinger


    Sooooo, You must have forgotten how many times Fox News tried to say and prove that Obama was a Muslim. Did you forget or are you just deaf? Brian Kilmeade called Obama right in front of the camera a Muslim. So yes, him including Hume and David Corn has called him a Muslim. Them calling Obama a Muslim over 10 times on FN is pretty much saying “well America!! We only got to choose between a Muslim and a Mormon!!! Keep Jesus in America!!!”

  • suikostinger

    Just curious where you got the info that Romney is a billionaire? No answer eh?

    uhh I don’t know. people on the right in here have actually called him a billionaire. So I picked up on that. Billionaire or millionaire, my point still stands….who gives a f*ck…..he’s RICH!

  • Daddywatkins

    I think it is evident in these comments Fox News is a detriment to society.

  • suikostinger

    That’s not counting all the stories that Fox News comes up with, with how Obama is attacking Christianity and how he defends Islam all the time. Playing right into the hands of the people that think he’s a Muslim. Add that to the 2-3 hosts that have right out and said he’s a Muslim makes people think “We have to either vote for a Muslim or a Mormon!!!?

  • Joan

    @ Hillbilly Thanks

    @ KenMan You hit the nail on the head!

  • AppleStinx

  • Hillbilly


    Bones Jones won’t even look Evans in the eye. He’s scared of my boy Evans. :grin:

    I thought you might like this too. This was dated “The Associated Press – 6 hours ago” so I’m guessing he got in more trouble.

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been formally charged with four felonies on accusations that he broke into an acquaintance’s home to steal prescription painkillers, then robbed a second home two days after being released from jail.

  • Hillbilly

    Applestinx posted Get Together The Youngbloods


    Stop trying to get me to love you. :eek: :???:

  • AppleStinx


  • Rik

    heh few things we can see Fox news watchers have less of a life considering its one of the last bastions of the shrinking Minority position of conservatism Good example Bill maher has better ratings then an entire week of hannity and his vetting of obama/maher started right after Clearchannel sent hannity and other radio people telling them a new list of things they WILL NOT discuss on their shows this is all a whinefest by hannity his stupidity comes through when he asks questions also remember cable shows like stewart and all the shows Fox disses on minus the other news shows stomp their entire week rating with one show so being happy Fox has good rating is pretty pathetic , Even with the recent rosen idiocy the polls with women have only moved 1% Repubs were bent over last election by Women and Independants the Repub totals will only count for 30% indes are 40% according to Rush and real clear politics and dems are 30% Bill Maher is an Inde gee he has their highest rated show hmmmmmmmmm Republicans need to understand every generation is less conservative and they cant change that accept the change or move.

  • Rik

    Btw Obama himself said the buffet rule isnt supposed to fix the deficit like fox claims it was a fairer tax policy . Also Fox has it way wrong Hilary rosen is a CNN pundant thats it I have over 500 trips to the white house met the pres 1 time I dont see my inde self mentioned I personally know of 400 people who watch fox to see what stupidity they are gonna say on some issues hmm Hannity hmm thats at least 10% of his household count . Learn what the numbers break down to before you spout off your shrinking loser mentality Thankfully California with the population of 24 states combined is Democratic and inde 80% I live where the gas is 5.65 a gallon everyone drives trucks and off roaders and we blame the mideast for the oil and did you happen to catch Foxlovers the Five guy unveils his plan and the man to back him up says NOPE would screw people do nothing oh yeah and TELL EVERYONE THE GOVERNMENT SAYS YOU HAVE TO DO THIS THIS WAY for it to EVEN EVEN EVEN have a snowballs chance in hell of being ANY ANY ANY use GEE no environmental people No alternative energy people in the pacific west we have a HUGE surplus of Electricity from wind and hydro power green power works fine tons of jobs costs jack when implemented right

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