Cable News Ratings for Monday, April 16, 2012

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April 17th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for April 16, 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    1,558       256            579
CNN SITUATION ROOM       485       135            175
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       764       175            282
CNBC FAST MONEY       222         40            115
HLN HLN LOCAL EDITION       188         48             89
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER    1,632       254            604
CNN JOHN KING USA       404         85            108
MSNBC POLITICS NATION       741       195            301
CNBC MAD MONEY       253         80            128
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH    1,597       369            708
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT       334       104            135
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       845       203            378
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT       210         41             70
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L       245       115            115
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL       305       128            194
 Net  8PM  P2+ (000s)  25-54 (000s)  35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    2,826       549         1,093
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360       517       176            234
MSNBC ED SHOW       880       220            377
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L       418       242            234
HLN HLN LOCAL EDITION       230         80            120
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY    2,061       435            820
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT       442       130            212
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       897       232            398
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L       441       234            205
HLN DR. DREW       196         76            112
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA    1,820       357            748
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360       457       179            249
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL       859       249            320
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         63         33             22
HLN NANCY GRACE       262       115            165
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    1,300       471            727
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT       214         85            128
MSNBC ED SHOW       518       202            208
CNBC MAD MONEY         81         54             47
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT       163         66            102


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.

  • Ralph Hahn

    John King, CNN: ONLY 85,000 folks in the 24-54 demo watching him. Wasn’t he a Big Cable News Guy in prime-time at one time? Sharpton had taken King’s adult audience.

    Oh, and..unless your work for FNC, NO ONE, including Rachel Maddow, managed to get One Million Viewers on the above list.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Dan: Beckel is funny and can handle himself quite nicely being the only Democrat on “The Five.”

    There’s only one thing about him that bugs me, and it’s not his politics.

    They are sitting at a round table, bouncing opinions to each other. Half of his face time in close-ups is staring into the camera. You don’t do that, unless YOU are going into and coming out of commercial breaks.

    The camera on The Five is supposed to be eavesdropping for the viewers at home, on the discussion.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Secret Service & Obama: More than 20 prostitutes with the agent Presidential detail.

    What if our President went out in the hallway for…uh, a bucket of ice or a can of Coke? Wouldn’t he notice all of those women moving about?

    It seems that no one would be the wiser of these SS shenanigans if it hadn’t been for that ONE agent who wouldn’t pay the pro.

  • DB

    Coffee Steve, does it bother you that Kentucky has turned into a basketball factory instead of a University as far as it b-ball players go. Does anyone graduate from there anymore? I predict Mr. Calipari won’t last another 3 years because of scandal–he is kind of a sleaze bag. Just saying.

  • Coffee Steve


    Yes, it bothers alot of people here, including myself, and the NCAA and the NBA are trying to work on a deal that would make them remain at least 2 years. But I also will say, even though I hate it, it is what it is, and those kids would go anywhere and turn pro after a year anyway.

    John C. Doesn’t BS them with false dreams though, and he doesn’t tell them they are automatic to get playing time.

    But I hope they get something in to keep them in college at least 2-3 years in the future.

  • DB

    Coffee, not saying Kentucky is only school like this, unfortunately it is becoming prevalent. I just think Kentucky is one of the worst if not the worst offender. I wish they either let the kids go directly to NBA or if they leave early then make them pay the school the amount of their scholarship. Many of these kids are not college material and don’t spend a lot of time in class and by the time that catches up with them they have left school anyway. I also know many of these kids stop going to class( talking in a general sense not specifically about Kentucky kids) as soon as basketball is over and they know they are leaving school. I am not saying of course that fans of a certain school shouldn’t remain fans but it would be nice the way the school is operating at least be questioned by the fans even if it gets them a National Championship now and then. Even Duke has gotten in this somewhat. Kyrie Irving and now Austin Rivers have left early. Off my soap box now. I hope it is clear though this is not a shot at the University of Kentucky but it is a shot at what Calipari has turned the program into.

  • DB

    coffee, just saw your reply and I think we are on same page except for your opinion of Calipari. The things I have read about him are that he is arrogant and will do anything to promote himself. He doesn’t have to promise or not promise playing time since there are few if any upperclassmen to take playing time from the freshmen. However, what do I know, I was excited when Sydney Lowe came to N.C. State and he turned out to be one of the worst coaches ever with no control of his team. I guess I just long for the days when all the players stayed four years, like the 1974 Wolfpack team. David Thompson, Tommy Burleson, Monty Towe, all graduated. Won’t be seeing that anymore I guess.

  • Coffee Steve

    I also know many of these kids stop going to class( talking in a general sense not specifically about Kentucky kids)

    I enjoy your soap box :-)

    2 Years ago ther NCAA put in place that the kids who are leaving must complete their semester classes and a certain grade point avg or the University loses scholarships and monies made from network broadcast games. That did force those kids to stay to complete the school year.

    The ones at Kentucky who announced today will finish their classes (For the year) before leaving.

    We do agree however it is a problem and should be corrected, alot of kids who would love to go for 4 years get screwed and would love to go to UK, or UL and many schools.

  • DB

    Coffee, did not know about that new rule. I like it. Also I did read that the top pick from Kentucky( forgot his name) was a very good student.

    I know a lot of kids would like to go to those school for 4 years. I would just like to be able to dunk!! :-)

  • Coffee Steve

    On Calipari, I know D. Miller (Senior) from here in Kentucky somewhat, and his family, he told me that Calipari is a good man and really does care and puts his team first in his life. He goes out of his way to check on them, school wise and life wise. That’s what I was baseing my opinio on about Calipari.

    But it’s possible he may be a complete fraud too. Time will tell that’s for sure. We found out about Billy Gillespe real quick.

  • DB

    Coffee, past my bedtime– have a good nite. Go Wolfpack and go to hell Carolina!!!

  • DB

    I hope the Miller’s family’s reading of Calipari is correct!! Shouldn’t believe everything we read but sometimes all we have to go on. See ya.

  • Coffee Steve


    Yep, Davis had a high GPA and all were above the NCAA average. And Calipari has a rule, if they go below a certain level, or miss classes, they sit, no exceptions.

    Rick Pitino at Louisville is the same way. Coaches at UK and UL have the luxury of many good players so they can afford to be strict

  • Coffee Steve


    LOL @ Carolina

    Night DB

  • Coffee Steve


    If you are still on, The packs old coach Jimmy V? His brother Bob V calls games for Louisville, we love the guy here

  • Joan


  • Ralph Hahn

    @Joan: You never know WHO you may run into at a hotel/motel.

    What was that rap song that sampled Chic’s “Good Times?”


    I don’t know the rest of the lyrics.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Joan: The Chic song had the lyric, “…Are you straight or bi?…” didn’t it?

  • HarryFromMA

    WHY in the world does TVByTheNumbers combines CNN & HLN? That skewers the true numbers of each.
    If I added Fox News & Fox Business, I will get with these 2 sets:

    CNN/HLN: 101.12 million HHs

    FNC/FB: 215.45 million HHs

    Does TVByTheNumbers do it so Fox News won’t be #1??
    Be honest – each channel/network SEPARATELY.

  • suikostinger

    They are sitting at a round table, bouncing opinions to each other. Half of his face time in close-ups is staring into the camera. You don’t do that, unless YOU are going into and coming out of commercial breaks.

    What do you want him to do? All he can do is listen to 4 people agree with each other and when he says something they yell over him and argue…

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