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.

  • usnretiredx2


    “it will be four weeks post-op this Wednesday.”

    And soon it will be 8 weeks, and then 12 weeks and then longer. The first 2 months or so drag by, but as feisty as you are in the post you will be kicking backs side in the real world soon.

    Just a reminder, you must crawl before you walk, you must walk before you run and you must be able to walk and chew gum before you can fall down drunk. :twisted:

  • Coffee Steve

    @Boss1 & USNretiredx2

    Truth is I went 5 weeks one time after a surgery and could not drink coffee, and while I don’t cuss much, Trust me it was a living hell :-)

    You’ll get there Boss, hang in their, it gets better.

  • Coffee Steve


    I have some free tickets to Syria, if you have vacation time, you can have them. Hehehehehehe

    Its falling apart there for those people USN. I sure feel for them.

  • REM

    check out Mika it is so true

  • usnretiredx2

    What I call a living hell was telling the better half no coffee, water, food, or ICE CREAM for 5 months.

  • usnretiredx2

    @Coffee Steve

    “Its falling apart there for those people USN. I sure feel for them”

    I do not think it really ever has been together in our lifetime.

  • usnretiredx2

    I liked the music link you did, just wish when I was catching up on my reading that when I went to the next page it stayed on. :cool:

  • Coffee Steve


    I had a friend who used to listen to news out of Syria on a ham radio, I found out last week he passed away, but up until about a month ago he told me things that were going on in Syria, whole towns being wiped out, thousands every week being displaced, kids simply just being shot, stabbed, etc.

    But isn’t it comforting just knowing the United Nations is on the job and sending more monitors? What a great organization huh? The UN is the biggest joke this planet has ever known as any kind of force.

  • usnretiredx2

    @Coffee Steve

    The above was for you and so in the below, local boy and a oldie but goodie.


  • usnretiredx2

    @Coffee Steve
    Many, many years ago I was a Ham operator on the USS New Jersey. The only way back then we could get in touch back home when out to sea. I will sit up in the Radio Shack at night talking to places all over the world. Kind of like posts.

  • usnretiredx2

    will = would

  • Coffee Steve


    Good song, I enjoyed that, reminded me of my factory days

  • Coffee Steve

    @TheBoss1 & USNretiredx2

    One of the best concerts I ever attended was Gerry Rafferty (Baker Street Fame) I learned recently he died last year at age 68. Good grief I’m Old. Hey USN, TheBoss1 is a huge oldie rock music fan too, the man knows his stuff, maybe we can get TVBN to start a music ratings site and we can pick up camp and move in there :-)

  • usnretiredx2

    @Coffee Steve and TheBoss1

    “Gerry Rafferty (Baker Street Fame)”

    Good album.

    I am up for that. I have a set of speakers on my bike with a 150watt amp in my tins that I am jamming at 80mph. I have everything from blue grass to current rock. This will tell my age but the best concert was 1977 in LA Led Zeppelin, got tickets for the floor for $5.

  • Coffee Steve

    See you guys Tuesday Morn, family wants to watch a movie tonight

    always remember

    Never pick up a hot coffee pot from the bottom
    (My handle broke and to keep it from falling I grabbed it) Yes it hurt, but I didn’t spill one drop :lol:


  • Coffee Steve


    I think the 100% best concert I seen was Billy Joel, he stayed on stage for 4 hours, and another one was Bog Segar and his lead off was Kansas..Fantasic

    Night all

  • usnretiredx2

    First Concert.

    Older sister (the left of left one) took me to Steppenwolf 1968. Last cocert Moody Blues last year. Bet one to send shivers up my arms was Eagles (First) Hell Freezes Over tou, 8 rows back and openned with Hotel California with the Bongo opening.

  • usnretiredx2

    Night Coffee

    I will take your lead and follow.

    Night ALL

  • usnretiredx2

    Bet = Best

    tou = tour

    Call you tell it is past my bed time

  • d.d.

    Hope Paul is around.

    This is of concern to me . President Obama toured the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum today and called it a reminder that nations too often do not do enough to prevent atrocities. By ‘Executive Order’, he created an Atrocities Prevention Board & appointed Samantha Power as chair.

    In a New Statesman interview during the 2008 presidential campaign, Power’s priority within the NSC was to undermine US support for Israel. Bizarrely, she once advocated landing a “mammoth protection force” of US troops in Israel to save the Palestinians from “genocide”. “You have to go in as if you’re serious,” she declared in 2002. She was deadly serious then. What about now?

    We remember her lately for our intervention in Libya. She put forth the doctrine “Responsibility to Protect.” She believes the United States to slowly devolve its power to international bodies

    Obama advisor calls for a military invasion of Israel


    Israel should be worried.

    In case anyone has forgotten, her husband is President Obama’s regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein . He wants, as an example, to have companies (car, oil, anything and everything) reporting behavior change through regulations so the public outcry will force them into doing the right thing – the “nudge.” Sunstein wants to nudge us into making good choices…. the problem is , these choices are determined by the politicians & when does a nudge become a shove or a demand.

    If you read his book ‘Nudge’ you would know Sunstein has advocated that the government would “presume” someone has consented to having his or her organs removed for transplantation into someone else when they die.

    Under such a policy, hospitals would harvest organs from people who never gave permission for this to be done.

    “Sunstein believes many animals will become extinct. He did consider giving animals rights to an attorney and the right to sue in court when he wrote his first book in the 70?s

    Sunstein does not believe in the Second Amendment and has considered the notion of outlawing hunting.

    It doesn’t stop there, however, in 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Salon.com reports, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-”independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups and websites — as well as other activist groups — which advocate views that Sunstein deems “false conspiracy theories” about the Government. This would be designed to increase citizens’ faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists.”

    (Sunstein’s Harvard paper on governmental spying available online)


    Political differences aside, I do understand both from the patient side & as a nurse , all the pain & time involved you have been going through Boss. You have many of us wishing you pain free & again active.


    Catch you all tomorrow.

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