Cable News Ratings for Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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April 19th, 2012



Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Wednesday, April 18, 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    1,258        317         561
CNN      309         99         133
MSNBC      493        137         213
CNBC      176         61           96
FBN        63         12           33
HLN      204         79         106
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC    2,085        425         826
CNN      473        142         209
MSNBC      954        236         388
CNBC      415        186         178
FBN        47           6           21
HLN      280        100         135
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends    1,173        328         633
CNN Early Start/Starting Point      172         69           93
MSNBC Morning Joe      487        191         271
CNBC Squawk Box      120         30           81
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade      247        106         145
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE    1,707        418         723
CNN SITUATION ROOM      479        113         163
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS      778        145         240
CNBC FAST MONEY      202         40         100
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT      278         76         105
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER    1,970        336         714
CNN JOHN KING USA      402         88         133
MSNBC POLITICS NATION      723        150         226
CNBC MAD MONEY      201         64         130
HLN PRIME NEWS      294        100         138
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH    1,825        416         786
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      317         90         141
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS      877        182         325
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT      201         54         109
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L      218         91         103
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL      316        103         154
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    2,756        519       1,050
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      436        123         212
MSNBC ED SHOW      869        177         376
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L      314        117         117
HLN HLN LOCAL EDITION      244        132         132
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY    1,851        432         762
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT      534        172         227
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW      970        262         411
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L      507        224         217
HLN DR. DREW      207         82           99
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA    1,632        323         666
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      451        132         186
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL    1,023        269         377
CNBC AMERICAN GREED      173         99           83
CNBC NHL LIVE POST QTR FINALS      311        136         128
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L      605        306         285
HLN NANCY GRACE      283         90         149
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    1,214        364         613
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      342        107         158
MSNBC ED SHOW      587        156         253
CNBC MAD MONEY        99         79           56
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT      207         69         121


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.

  • Dana

    To put fairness and the buffet rule in perspective….double taxing capital gains on millionaires would bring in 47 billion over ten
    Years,these same people give 300 billion to charities of the poor and needy every year….if they want to recoup the tax by Obama I will give you one guess on who will suffer so Obama can have fairness fit his description…

  • Ratboy

    this is just another report he will not pay any attention to.

    CBO estimates Obama 2013 budget will hit economic growth

    The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Friday that President Obama’s 2013 budget will hurt the economy in the long term, arguing the larger deficits it would produce would reduce the amount of capital available to businesses.

    After five years, the CBO says, the Obama proposals would reduce economic output by between 0.5 percent and 2.2 percent.

    Larger deficits caused by the budget would cause the government to issue more bonds, sucking up private capital to finance its debts and thereby reducing the funds businesses could use to expand and hire, the CBO said. An increased tax on capital gains included in the president’s plan would also tend to reduce private capital, it says.

  • AppleStinx


    Chris Matthews has a case of thrillus interruptus. He needs another 4 years of President Obama for the thrill to go all the way.

  • Dana

    More perspective…a family making 250m in ny has a total tax bill after city,state and federal of 50 per cent, that nets to 125m,less 3m a month ,median cost in ny,leaves=77m…less
    Food for a family of 4,let’s say 100 a week,leaves 70m, less a car payment
    T of 300 a month,normal family car,…leaves 64m, less insurance in ny leaves,58m, less health insurance in ny for a family is 1200 a month, leaves 44 m, less a kid in college in a city or state school is 20m, leaves 24m, less clothes for the family,5m,leaves 19m, less church donations 1200’using Biden
    S formula,leaves 17.8m,less life insurance so a parent doesn’t leave his family destitute,let’s say 5m,leaves 12.8m, 401k contribution or Ira,2m, leaves 10.8 , less a wife maintaining herself with beauty salon and men taking haircut and the kids about 160 a month, leaves 8.8 and this is without any extracurricular lifestyle pleasures with the family……is this a millionaire and billionaire????? If the couple divorced Its over….but divorced each could make 200×2=400m…..so under Obama the wh
    Ole country should get divorced!!!!! I’m crazed today….

  • AppleStinx

    It sounds pretty bad for President Obama when Chris Matthews thinks that the reason people would keep him in office is the color of his skin.

  • Ratboy

    @ AppleStinx
    Posted April 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    You are on fire today!!!! :lol:

  • Coffee Steve


    the reason people would keep him in office is the color of his skin.

    It’s worse than that Apple. Even Larry Sabato’s institute who is IMO the best in the business is now saying the house race will not only remain GOP but they will gain seats. They also are showing signs the GOP may in fact get a majority in the Senate as well. But those are a lot closer so it could change, but either way, the Senate will be one with no clear majority.

    NBC/Wall Street Journal (who is a fairly good Polling) has Obama up only 6 points, but what concerns the spin guys is that’s the exact number Obama had in Feb and way before Romney was the Nominee (Which he is now)

    We all may see an earlier full campaign mode than ever before.

  • Coffee Steve


    You remember when the DNC hired Debbie that I said; they only did that because they can have a scapegoat?

    I’m standing by that analogy. Alot of the finacial sites have started just today releasing charts showing the economy will not recover above 4-7% by the middle of 2014. And Un-Employment could remain above 6.5% until sometime in 2014.

  • Ratboy

    Must be a lot more dangerous out there since Obama got into office!…………………………or easier!

    5.4 Million Join Disability Rolls Under Obama

    A record 5.4 million workers and their dependents have signed up to collect federal disability checks since President Obama took office, according to the latest official government data, as discouraged workers increasingly give up looking for jobs and take advantage of the federal program.

    This is straining already-stretched government finances while posing a long-term economic threat by creating an ever-growing pool of permanently dependent working-age Americans.

    Since the recession ended in June 2009, the number of people who’ve signed up for disability benefits is twice the job growth figure. (See nearby chart.) In just the first four months of this year, 539,000 joined the disability rolls and more than 725,000 put in applications.

  • Ratboy

    @ Coffee Steve
    Posted April 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    You remember when the DNC hired Debbie that I said; they only did that because they can have a scapegoat?

    The FUNNIEST part of it is that Debbie Whatchamacalit Schmultz STILL thinks she got the job cuz she is sooooo smart, good, and an up and comer!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • usnretirex2


    Posted April 20, 2012 at 8:34 AM
    A record 5.4 million workers and their dependents have signed up to collect federal disability checks since President Obama took office,

    Notice the time stamp on my post. I also added comment.

    Too slow

  • Ratboy

    @ usnretirex2
    Posted April 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    sniff sniff, soooory! I wasnt here that early I apoligize, you scooped me, your quicker than me, you are more attentive than me, you have bigger man boobs than me…………………………….

  • Coffee Steve

    You have to Love Joe

    *Joe Biden: Obama’s Controversial Reforms ‘Like Legalizing Rattlesnakes In The Lobbies Of Hotels In Arizona’

    Biden was trying to praise Obama for courageous decisions. “Obama knew that some actions were going to be unpopular, such as the financial sector bailout,” the pool reporter characterized Biden as saying last night. “‘That would be like legalizing rattlesnakes in the lobbies of hotels in Arizona,’ Biden quipped,” according to the pooler.

  • Ratboy

    OOOpsy Mr President!

    Democratic Senator Joe Manchin Says He May Not Vote For Obama

    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who won a special election in 2010 to serve the remainder of the late Sen. Robert Byrd’s term and is up for reelection this year, says that he is considering voting for the presumptive Republican nominee in November and not President Obama.

    National Journal reported on Thursday that Manchin, a centrist Democrat “who has done more than any other Democrat up for reelection this year to distance himself from President Obama” is weighing his options.

    “The people in West Virginia, they basically look at the candidates—whatever you’re running for, whether it be the president itself, or whatever—[they look at] the performance and the result that’s been attained,” Manchin said when asked how he will vote. “Right now in West Virginia, these first three and a half years haven’t been that good to We

  • Coffee Steve

    My Daughter Carolyn says Hi, shes making me do this so everyone wave at her


  • usnretirex2


  • Ratboy

    The entire site just did the wave for her wooooooooeeeeeeeeeeooooooo there it went again!

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Coffee Steve: HI, CAROLYN!

  • Gabriel

    Posted April 20, 2012 at 9:39 AM
    To put fairness and the buffet rule in perspective….double taxing capital gains on millionaires would bring in 47 billion over ten


    What is your definition of double taxation?

  • Julie Brown

    Awww Poor Rachel Maddow……she’s being sued for $50 million dollars….


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