Cable News Ratings for Friday, April 20, 2012

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April 23rd, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for April 20, 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       1,175            283            521
CNN         313             99            134
MSNBC         400            129            173
CNBC         186             57             96
FBN           56             15             26
HLN         222             82            125
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,933            384            793
CNN         413            125            178
MSNBC         665            211            300
CNBC         517            232            223
FBN           35               8             14
HLN         329             99            159
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,088            312            596
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         230             73            110
MSNBC Morning Joe         403            165            232
CNBC Squawk Box         130             28             89
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         213            101            150
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,639            352            741
CNN SITUATION ROOM         403            100            162
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         609            115            178
CNBC MONEY IN MOTION         129             13             51
CNBC OPTIONS ACTION         146             10             73
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT         179             34             52
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,813            436            745
CNN JOHN KING USA         353             91            125
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         609            120            194
CNBC MAD MONEY         155             32             73
HLN PRIME NEWS         191             54            100
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,442            355            640
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         362            130            158
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         622            117            254
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         141             31             57
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         304            116            198
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,593            526         1,074
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         333            100            150
MSNBC ED SHOW         754            176            325
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L         378            187            162
HLN NANCY GRACE         417            138            200
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY SPECIAL       1,699            354            700
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         500            143            208
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW         816            241            329
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L         523            207            222
HLN HLN LOCAL EDITION         273             65            118
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,483            271            603
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         406            133            176
MSNBC MSNBC INVESTIGATES         426            216            245
CNBC NHL LIVE POST QTR FINALS         332            125            106
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L         833            406            392
HLN NANCY GRACE         281             84            150
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,170            349            603
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         332            147            189
MSNBC MSNBC INVESTIGATES         430            224            219
CNBC MAD MONEY           66             25             24
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         216             72            110


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.

  • dana

    whats going on fri with msnbc?? there is no one watching…even morning joe from the red sox stadium drew very little…i am getting a thrill up my leg…

  • Ralph Hahn

    Overall cable news numbers are down from Friday. Here in The Great Northeast, it was a little chilly, foggy. A lot of people stayed indoors, but not me! lol The only reason I turned on the TV this weekend was to watch last night’s episode of “Mad Men.”

    I need to know if and when Penny’s “dream” on Don’s office sofa was over or is it still ongoing?

  • Ratboy

    You take fast Eddie, Rachel, and Tingles, add em all together and they dont beat Bill O! Add Ed and Rachel togeter and they dont beat a Hannity special hosted by Liz Cheney!! :lol: (bet Schultz and Matthews LOOOOOVE gettting beat by a Cheney!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: )

  • dana

    ralph: i can tell you that my dream of being on pennys sofa is on going..

  • dana

    thats because we need affirmation, like we dont know fox people are more intelligent…in order to watch ed schmuck your union dues need to be paid up and oh yes, leave your class at the door…

  • Andies

    You would think HLN would have gained a whole host of new viewers after the casey anthony case.. They were averaging 2,000 viweres beating Fox News…. Maybe the Not Guilty verdict turned them off…

  • Patrick W.

    Foxnews stomping all them Lying Liberals again and again! NBC “news” was CAUGHT doctoring the Trayvon Martin-Zimmerman 911 tape. Where’s the outrage? Liberals STILL believe NBC “news”. Fools.

  • Coffee Steve

    @Ratboy and AppleStinx

    Isn’t wasn’t that kid of duty I had to do LOL

    What we need is for Fox to actually lose one night, so the talk would be more pleasant? :wink:

  • TheBoss1

    Morning Joe from Fenway Park was an outstanding show on Friday. I wish it would have gotten better ratings. People really missed out if they didn’t catch it (anyone “catch” my pun?! :) )

  • Coffee Steve

    if they didn’t catch it (anyone “catch” my pun?!

    I caught it, but then I dropped it :lol:

    Hows it going boss dude, feeling better, we hope?

  • KC

    FOX NEWS! enough said!

  • d.d.

    FNC’s Shannon Bream To Rappel Off Of a Building… For Charity Of Course

    “Fox News anchor Shannon Bream and her producer Lexi Stemple are planning to rappel off a building in June. While the jump will be featured on Fox News Channel the Sunday after it happens, it is all for charity. Generous viewers can donate through a secure site to sponsor the jump, with all of the proceeds going to Special Olympics Virginia.”

    Nice to look at + in great shape, too.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @dana: >>> ralph: i can tell you that my dream of being on pennys sofa is on going.. <<<

    Penny who?

  • Ralph Hahn

    @dana: NOW, I know. I meant to say “Peggy’s dream” NOT Penny.

  • AppleStinx

    ‘Anderson Cooper 360′ at 8pm improved a staggering 61% in the demo compared to the night before and still finished in fifth place – again.

  • d.d.

    I happened to catch this video yesterday.

    CNN’s Don Lemon rips Obama, says Sarah Palin has a point

    “Lemon also says it’s time for Obama to stop pointing the finger at Bush and take responsibility for this bad economy”


  • Norm Kinzel

    Boss People are turned off with the panels on Joe I turn him on every day to see who is on the panel If they are full of racist or extreme left wingers I turn him off Friday I believe Sam Stein was on he is a automatic turn off I am in when they have Harold Ford and Wes Moore on

  • UpAndOver


    “Morning Joe from Fenway Park was an outstanding show on Friday”

    I’m sure the other 8 viewers also enjoyed it…

  • TheBoss1

    @Norm … I don’t see extreme left-wingers or racists on Morning Joe. I think it’s a pretty fair show. I think Joe’s attacks on both Pres. Obama and the Republicans are fair. I think conservatives don’t like Joe because he has the guts to call a spade a spade … he doesn’t blindly follow the party line. Willie Geist is great and Mika is a Dem, bit I also think she’s fair (I actually think she’s more partisan than Joe, but she also praises Reps, too).

    I just think that if you love politics, it’s a great way to start your day. And the music they play going to commercial and coming back into the show is awesome.

  • TheBoss1

    @Steve… thanks man. It’s more of the same, day after day. Slow progress. I go see my neurosurgeon next Monday for my first follow-up visit … it will be four weeks post-op this Wednesday.

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