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.

  • Coffee Steve

    Yo Bro, what ya know?

    There is a coffee that is filtered thru Cat Poop, I forget the name, but yes I tried it a few years ago, this lady my wife works with is from India and she uses it, it actually is good coffee, but way out of my budget, and it is very hard to get anyway.

  • d.d.

    Come on , Jeff . I already told you this.

    Don’t celebrate Beck’s demise too early. He is concentrating on his TV network. Studios are in NYC & Texas.

    March 15, 2012

    “Ultimately, GBTV will become a 24/7 network, with plans to double programming this year. In January, he signed a deal with the production company Icebox —founded by writers from “The Simpsons” and “King of the Hill” —to create an animated comedy series. He also is readying a documentary about Occupy Wall Street.

    On Fox News, Mr. Beck averaged 2.2 million daily viewers and was paid $2.5 million a year. GBTV, which jumped on the scene in September, is expected to bring in at least $40 million in revenue this year, supported by advertising and more than 300,000 subscribers paying as much as $9.95 a month for full access to GBTV, according to a person close to the company.

    While it is significantly smaller than his audience at Fox News, it’s still more than an established network like CNBC, which drew an average of 189,000 viewers over the course of the total day in February, according to Nielsen.

    To turn that revenue into profit, Mr. Beck keeps costs low by using staff and equipment already in place for other parts of Mercury Radio Arts”

    Vanity Fair

    “The new Web-based TV channel launched with about a quarter-million subscribers (now up to 300,000), each paying between $5 and $10 a month for access, generating annual revenues that some experts believe could eventually top $100 million.”

  • Coffee Steve

    @d.d. & Jeff

    Beck also has a new publishing company that is doing very well. He gives first time and little known writers a decent shot at the market.

    I know you may not like him Jeff, but his GBTV has some very good programing, and it does give him a lot more leeway on the content. And give credit where credit is due, he started the future of TV on that site, many more are coming soon to the internet.

    With now over 300,000 subscribers and growing it has shown it’s a good market to try.

  • Coffee Steve

    Soon to be down to Mitt and Ron Paul

    *Gingrich campaign hints he may drop from race this week…

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Newt Gingrich’s daughter says the former House speaker will “reassess” his campaign after the votes are tallied in Delaware, potentially setting the stage for his exit from the Republican presidential race.

  • DB

    Nancy the hypocrite strikes again. I love the way she gives foul language different levels. Using the F word is worse than using the Lord’s name in vain. No wait its really just that anything a conservative says is worse than what a liberal says. Sorry Nancy lovers she is full of it and a hypocrite and a coward.

  • Ratboy

    @ 1nancy2
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 10:34 AM
    Tee hee, No ‘You wait darlin!! I’m thinking that F-’n AH is far worse than G^%$#D^^%%$ Natsi

    come on you are setting a bad example for all the little 1ratlets2!! Cenk can Cenk can “crank it up” without acting and sounding like Olhberman and/or Schultz! If he is just being Cenk then he needs to clean it up! The worst you hear bill O say is “loon” or “pinhead”. And you are forgetting all those lefty hollywood types that sound much worse that Lovitz but they are not spanked! Lets just take a look at the million dollar Obama supporter Mr Maher. Kicks in a million bucks and gets a pass using the c word and all the other nasty stuff he has said and continues to say. I just hope you guy Cenk doesnt cross any farther to the dark side.


  • usnretirex2

    New Zealand Mulls Charging $100 for Pack of Cigarettes

    Scratch New Zealand as one of my retirement choices. Oh, forgot, you have to be a citizen to live there and that means born there. Great country but cannot afford to smoke there while on vacation.

  • Jeff

    @coffee steve

    Kopi luwak (Indonesian pronunciation: [?kopi ?lu.a?]), or civet coffee, is one of the world’s most expensive and low-production varieties of coffee. It is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract.[1] A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In its stomach, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet’s intestines the beans are then defecated, keeping their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness.[citation needed] This coffee was widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world with prices reaching $160 per pound.[2] Since then Uchunari grade 0 coffee has been introduced on the international coffee market.

    No thanks on multiple levels!! :)

  • Jeff


    Hey if the GOP celebrate when green jobs suffer, auto jobs are lost, unemployment claims go up, any economic slumps, then I can be happy at a silly lunatic like Glen Beck for getting the boot off a few radio stations and his apparent drop in listeners.
    Just saying ;)
    What liberal wouldn’t??

  • usnretirex2

    @Jeff and Coffee Steve

    “Kopi luwak (Indonesian pronunciation”

    eew, I will pass, and not Ratboy not pass that way.

    Coffee Steve now I see why you changed from Coffee Nut :twisted:

  • PaulG

    cattle futures dropping on story of mad cow disease found in California,,even the cows can’t take it there anymore..

  • d.d.



    Hey if the GOP celebrate when green jobs suffer, auto jobs are lost, unemployment claims go up, any economic slumps, then I can be happy at a silly lunatic like Glen Beck for getting the boot off a few radio stations and his apparent drop in listeners.
    Just saying
    What liberal wouldn’t

    Point taken.

    I have an appointment so be back tomorrow.

  • Coffee Steve

    No thanks on multiple levels!!

    After reading that description I’m not drinking it again either :-)

  • Coffee Steve

    This story may get HUGE afterall


    ‘This may be the tip of an iceberg’…

  • PaulG

    @Coffee Steve


    maybe one of them was anna chapman,,now there was a hot looking russian spy..

  • 1nancy2

    I agree with you and hope Cenk does not use foul language again. He does not need to, as he has enough excellent material to keep my attention and that is difficult to do! Coffee, I loved the ‘German’ question and your answer was a gem. Later.

  • Ratboy

    @ 1nancy2
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 12:33 PM
    I agree with you and hope Cenk does not use foul language again. He does not need to, as he has enough excellent material to keep my attention and that is difficult to do

    Excelent is in the eye of the beholder I guess. Hmmmmmmmmm I wonder if I would be excellent if you was beholdin me?? :twisted:

  • Ratboy

    As senator, Obama missed votes on student loan bill he now wants to extend

    In 2007, then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama missed two votes on the student loan interest bill that he now wants Congress to extend.

    Obama twice skipped the Senate vote on the College Cost Reduction and Access Act when the bill came to the Senate floor first in July and again in September of 2007, according to public records.

    The bill, introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and signed into law by President George W. Bush, first cleared the Senate in July on a 78 to 18 vote, with Obama as one of only four senators who didn’t cast a ballot. Obama did not cast a vote again in September, after the House and Senate had ironed out different versions of the bill. He was on the conference committee assigned to merge the House and Senate versions of the bill.

  • Ratboy

    Hey everybody! Monday is open and wait till you see the MSNBC numbers!

  • Rick


    Hillbill said that “The Woman was a Power House”, he did not say whether the show was any good.

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