Cable News Ratings for Friday, April 13, 2012

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April 16th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for April 13, 2012

Note: CNBC showed live coverage of the NHL quarter-finals instead of some of its usual programming.

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,225            305            552
CNN         351            107            133
MSNBC         511            149            224
CNBC         156             49             84
FBN           68             14             36
HLN         212             76            116
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,137            436            825
CNN         530            152            200
MSNBC         851            214            378
CNBC         228            116            113
FBN           38             13             25
HLN         316             99            163
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,101            325            618
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         236             92            100
MSNBC Morning Joe         447            167            245
CNBC Squawk Box         146             38             86
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         304            105            186
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,591            338            671
CNN SITUATION ROOM         567            112            195
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         704            167            247
CNBC MONEY IN MOTION         129             12             70
CNBC OPTIONS ACTION         160             27             77
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT         260             88             81
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,817            403            726
CNN JOHN KING USA         388            108            127
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         843            219            365
CNBC MAD MONEY         199             55            108
HLN PRIME NEWS         326             97            147
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,807            369            727
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         385             93            106
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         850            175            401
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         148             26             44
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         308             98            147
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,784            538         1,052
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         426            145            180
MSNBC ED SHOW         975            214            413
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L         194            118             98
HLN HLN LOCAL EDITION         318             73            151
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       1,765            380            732
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         639            171            255
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       1,120            249            480
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L         272            148            150
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         287             70            127
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC PAYING AT THE PUMP       1,840            390            685
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         526            142            166
MSNBC MSNBC INVESTIGATES         458            179            239
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         120             53             55
HLN NANCY GRACE         262            107            169
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,222            361            577
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         312             99            111
MSNBC MSNBC INVESTIGATES         392            179            169
CNBC MAD MONEY           41             23             26
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         217             85            133


For other days cable news ratings click here.
Note: We post all the cable news ratings we get.

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.

  • Coffee Steve

    Another down Friday

  • Snap Tie

    NBC News Star & Race Specialist, Rev Al – second in demo for the whole network. That’s got to suck if you’re management or a advertising Rep.

  • b

    CNN released a Poll today with a straight face that has Obama beating Romney Nationally 51%-38% !!! Obama at 51%…and beating Romney to boot ???? What a complete joke and people wonder why CNN’s ratings eat crap in the toilet they swim in…

  • Matthew

    “…second in demo for the whole network. That’s got to suck if you’re management or a advertising Rep.”

    Actually, I’m sure MSNBC is alright with being second in the demo. You have to be realistic about these things; In case the low production values and prison documentary marathons didn’t tip you off, MSNBC is operating on a budget that’s around 1/3rd of CNN’s and FNC’s, as per the State of the Media data D.D. posted here a while back. Relative to their investment, NBC Universal is getting a decent return. The one that really looks ugly is CNN, yet they manage to make a profit, so I guess they can continue to coast on brand reputation, and a stronger web presence than the other two networks.

  • Matthew

    Errr – As to your broader point, about the fact that Al Sharpton is actually outperforming all of their other shows except for Maddow, that’s a bigger problem. MSNBC is a really monotone network; I could basically say “I really hate that show on MSNBC that’s hosted by the guy with the irregularly large head that’s always yelling,” and you’d have no idea if I’m talking about Ed, O’Donnell, Chris Mathews, or Dylan Ratigan. They really need some more even-toned hosts.

  • Coffee Steve

    Relative to their investment, NBC Universal is getting a decent return

    Good point, and d.d. posted a great chart about a month ago showing MSNBC in fact was making a decent profit. But I’ll say this as well though, with the current downtown NBC is going through now including losing the Morning show slot now, with GMA getting first place, they may be somewhat concerned at NBC\Universal.

  • UpAndOver

    You will not see this on CNN or MSNBC……

    Obama Mocks & Attacks Jesus Christ And The Bible.

  • b

    “MSNBC is actually making a decent profit…” WHAT A BUNCH OF MORONS !

  • suikostinger


    Funny how to “mock” and “attack” Jesus Christ and The Bible,? all you have to do is correctly quote The Bible…

  • Ralph Hahn

    Sarah Palin co-hosted FNC’s “Paying at the Pump.” Her numbers Friday night were higher than the typical Greta numbers in the same timeslot.

  • Mark


    How is Obama mocking the Bible? Everything he stated was fact. There are instances in the bible where they say slavery is ok or killing babies is alright(as long as it’s in the name of god). It’s sort of funny when you hear people say how the Quran is, it’s like maybe they should read their own book first before you start throwing stone at glass houses

  • Mark


    say how violent the Quran is….

  • Coffee Steve

    ah ya ya ya ya

  • Coffee Steve

    See everyone Tuesday morn

    Have a great evening everyone

  • Paul

    @ Coffee Steve

    Hillary Clinton Offically changes name to “Party Animal” Clinton

    Nice ring eh?

    Hillary is “partying” because she won’t be campaigning for Obama and she’s begun the countdown to Jan 20, 2012.

  • Mark

    In regards to Obama’s comment here is a list of everything Leviticus says is wrong(something which people who oppose homosexuality like to point to)

    “As examples, in Leviticus 20:13, God gets a bit more specific about what should happen to homosexuals when He says: “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them”; in 20:9 there is an instruction that children who curse their parents must be killed (in Deuteronomy 21:18-21, God goes a bit further and orders the death penalty for children who are just disobedient); in 11:6 we are told not to eat hares because they “cheweth the cud” (??); in 11:10 we are prohibited from eating oysters, prawns, lobsters and calamari; in 11:19 we are told not to eat bats (because they are birds!); in 15:19 we are instructed to quarantine menstruating women; in 19:19 we are told not to wear polyester and cotton blend shirts; in 19:27 men are instructed not to trim their beards; in 19:28 tattoos are prohibited; in 24:16 there are explicit instructions to kill blasphemers (including the method of killing); in 25:45-46 we can find the instructions on how to get and keep slaves; and let’s not forget that women are only worth half as much as men (27:3-7). If you don’t obey all these laws to the letter God will have some of your children eaten by your enemies (26:16), some eaten by wild animals (26:22), and you will have to eat the rest yourself (26:29). It’s just as well that God only meant the parts about homosexuals being bad and was joking about the rest, isn’t it?”

  • REM

    Gallup has Romney beating Obama

    Rasmussen has Romney beating Obama

    I have Romney beating Obama

    three strikes and you are out(of the white house that is)

    resist we much

    Going to be partying like the GSA in November Go Mitt

  • steve

    If I’ve one things about polls and Americans is that they change their minds every week…very fickle. By the way, National polls mean nothing…it’s each individual STATE polls that matter. The only thing that matters from a National poll is the independent vote…and in that very same poll you’re referring to, President Obama is leading the independent vote by 6 points.

  • steve

    ^^If I’ve learned one thing…..

  • lbsles

    Just something for the lefties here to chew on !

    “Do you know what the real threat of stay-at-home moms is to leftists? They don’t need government! They are the essence of individuality. Stay-at-home moms are the essence of rugged individualism, and they don’t need the state.” -Rush

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