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.

  • AppleStinx

    Coffee Stve wrote: “…One of the best concerts I ever attended was Gerry Rafferty (Baker Street Fame) I learned recently he died last year at age 68…”

    That’s a big shocker. Gerry was half of Stealers Wheel, a duo I absolutely adored. I don’t check on them for a few years and he’s gone. It’s sad. Same thing with some other performers from my youth, and some others look like life has caught up with them suddenly. Wow.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @AppleStinx: Did you know that there were three different versions of “Baker Street,” Gerry’s monster hit of 1978? They were all pitched at different streets.

    The longest version was on the “City To City” LP. Pitched slow.

    The ’45’ commercial version was shorter in length, but the song was pitched higher than the LP version.

    The fastest version was also the shortest: The ‘radio edit’ or ‘DJ’ copy.

    Re: Stealer’s Wheel. I can never listen to “Stuck In The Middle With You” without picturing Mr. Blue (Michael Madsen, in Quentin Tarentino’s “Reservoir Dogs”) dancing with a switchblade, then cutting off the ear of an L.A. cop. That was during Steven Wright’s “The Supersounds of the ’70s” weekend then played on the radio throughout the movie.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Me: >>> …different streets. <<< The word I meant to type was "speeds."

  • AppleStinx

    @Ralph Hahn

    I had the ‘City to City’ LP and cassette, but wasn’t aware of the alternate versions. Will look for them, thanks.
    Good thing I never watched ‘Reservoir Dogs’ :grin: , however I found out with ‘Kill Bill’ that I didn’t really dislike Santa Esmeralda’s cover of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” after hating anything disco back in the 70s – there are far worse things passing for “music” these days.

  • Jeff

    I do not watch The Simpsons program. But heard that they did a special episode celebrating being on the air 20 years with Fox. However at the end they posted a special tribute an thanks to the relationship with Fox…. And at the bottom of the message it said “this does not include Fox News” love it!!! Lmao!!

  • Hillbilly

    The Food network’s Diners, Drive Ins & Dives must be a decent show. It’s in the list at least 12 times. Must be some nudity in the show. ;)

  • Hillbilly

    Erin Burnett’s 7pm airing the only CNN show to place 2nd in the demo. Allot of you think she she be fired. The woman is a power house at 7pm. ;)

  • suikostinger


  • Steve Perry

    Here’s a question for you Republicans who complain about the Liberal Media and their brainwashing of the masses. How is it that the so called Liberal Media is able to control everything and brainwash so many people when according to the ratings when hardly anybody is even watching them?

  • AppleStinx

    Hillbilly wrote: “The Food network’s Diners, Drive Ins & Dives must be a decent show. It’s in the list at least 12 times. Must be some nudity in the show.”

    Yikes. I come from the Lindsay Lohan thread, with Sherilyn Fenn in mind and you just had to bring up Guy Fieri and nudity. :mad:

  • AppleStinx

    @Ralph Hahn

    Listening to the 4 minute version of ‘Baker Street’ felt as if I ought to be rushing to go somewhere, can’t say I liked it. I also came across a demo, no sax, with a latin rhythm (cha cha cha?), interesting.

  • Coffee Steve

    Good Morning Everyone

  • usnretirex2

    Good Morning Coffee Steve and all the rest of the gang.

  • usnretirex2

    @Coffee Steve and Ratboy when he wakes up.

    We might have leased our house last night. If so, I will be heading south for good in a month, I hope. We decided to lease instead of selling right now and give it a few years to see what the market does. Taking a slight loss so we can have a write off next year. I say I hope because a company in Atlanta contacted my better half and wants her to come in and see what they can offer her. So we may be going west but not Jeff west. Not real keen on the west thing but if they offer stupid money she will be gone with me in tow.

  • Coffee Steve

    Good Morning USN

    Happy to hear you may finally get South for good, And your right about not heading far West, I posted that story about how many people are leaving California and it is in bunches. George Lucas even announced he is not going to build his new skywalker movie studio he is building out there.

    I’m only on my second cup so I’m refraning from posting much till my 3rd cup is down :-)

  • Ratboy

    @ usnretirex2
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 4:56 AM
    @Coffee Steve and Ratboy when he wakes up

    ya gotta sllep before ya wake up!! :lol: When you get old you only have two choices, lay there and rest or die! Sleep is not an option :lol:

    Good to hear about the lease! I manage a half a dozen homes for clients that did the same thing. I take 10% for collecting the rent and taking care of repairs etc. When you say “west” you dont mean Coffee Steve kentucky west do you? That would cause an international crisis!! :shock:

  • d.d.

    …many people are leaving California and it is in bunches

    Morning , Guys.

    You should read the link I gave Jeff.

    16 Reasons To Move Away From California

    – – –

    California & Illinois are having similar problems . Bloomberg had an article :

    New California Taxes Pay for Pensions, Not Schools

    Most Californians would be surprised to learn that 100 percent of education’s share of the tax increase proposed by Governor Jerry Brown will go to pensions instead of classrooms.:

    TAX , tax, tax.

    Bloomberg ,also had this article yesterday on Illinois.

    Illinois ‘Treads Water’ as Unpaid Bills Top $9 Billion

    “Illinois’s backlog of unpaid bills has risen to more than $9 billion because of pension costs and falling federal aid, leaving the state “essentially treading water,” Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka said.

    While revenue grew from higher personal and corporate taxes, “Illinois’ financial position has not improved,” Topinka said in a report today. The combination of unpaid bills to vendors and Medicaid obligations, estimated at $8.5 billion in January, means payment delays will persist, according to the report.

    Illinois is second only to California as the state with the lowest credit grade from Standard & Poor’s.”

    Taxes & pensions being the culprits.

  • Ratboy

    @ usnretirex2
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 4:56 AM
    @Coffee Steve and Ratboy when he wakes up.

    so ALL that work your Realtor did and you lease and he/she gets nuttin! I think you should hand over a check for a couple of grand! After all if you dont give it the will just go stand in Obama’s line with their hand out then Coffee, d.d., and I gotta pay for it!! :lol:

  • Coffee Steve

    I been reading alot of news and I’m happy to report that todays seems to be a very slow news day, I like that, lets hope it stays that way. Only thing I thought about posting about is the fact that Greece’s total economy in just a month has shrunk 5% which is massive, and Spain and Italy might as well give up, they are headed for a collaspe and there’s not a thing anyone can do. They in fact will default by mid 2014. Greece even sooner.

    We need Mighty Mouse to come and save the day…LOL

  • Rick

    Erin Burnett’s 7pm airing the only CNN show to place 2nd in the demo. Allot of you think she she be fired. The woman is a power house at 7pm.

    25 to 35 year old males are still on a hormone high. I think “The woman is a power house” is miss stating it, “The woman is a Babe”. When the hormones stop driving the viewership and the brains start working veiwers will drift elsewhere. Her numbers have been drifting down for a while.

    But don’t worry she has a contract with CNN so they will be trying to find way to improve her ratings by changing time frames and format so that your hormones can be somewhat satified. If that doesn’t work they will find another Babe for you to watch.

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