Cable News Ratings for Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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May 2nd, 2012

Note:  Due to the presidential address, the source data was a little wonky for our regular format so the address itself on CNN and MSNBC is not included in the table below. On CNN the address coverage ran with a duration of 11 minutes and averaged 727,000 viewers and 190,000 viewers adults 25-54. On MSNBC the address coverage was 18 minutes and averaged 930,000 viewers and 165,00 adults 25-54.

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for May 1, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,190            305            522
CNN         327            100            135
MSNBC         467            122            202
CNBC         159             43             89
FBN           61             10             24
HLN         213             78            119
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,004            413            762
CNN         496            167            238
MSNBC         963            260            381
CNBC         168             59             81
FBN           42               8             20
HLN         347             99            176
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,157            336            567
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         231            101            124
MSNBC Morning Joe         378            150            215
CNBC Squawk Box         129             40             82
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         225            105            139
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,946            362            696
CNN SITUATION ROOM         428             92            140
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         692            124            249
CNBC FAST MONEY         252             15            116
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT         196             57            105
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,769            323            631
CNN CNN SPECIAL REPORT         393             90            134
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         714            137            248
CNBC MAD MONEY         220             46            105
HLN PRIME NEWS         190             59            105
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,494            329            624
CNN CNN SPECIAL REPORT         517            115            208
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         930            165            347
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         170             41             66
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         342            109            200
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,472            486            898
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         557            169            267
MSNBC ED SHOW         965            179            347
CNBC CRIME INC: COUNTERFEIT         107             41             33
HLN NANCY GRACE         494            121            246
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       1,902            411            743
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         450            138            209
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       1,100            333            436
CNBC 60 MINUTES ON CNBC         155             52             89
HLN DR. DREW         304             93            162
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,620            344            643
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         480            194            240
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         821            265            357
CNBC 60 MINUTES ON CNBC         242             84            122
HLN NANCY GRACE         260             90            135
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,196            390            628
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         267             84            125
MSNBC ED SHOW         435            153            203
CNBC MAD MONEY           89             51             57
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         209             60            113

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.

  • Tony

    ” Tony Baloney…….How is 2.6 million “going down” when everyone else
    never gets even near a million? O’reilly is on top of the mountain. ”

    Going down means your audience is shrinking.

    Last week’s Monday: O’Reilly Factor 2.91 million viewers
    Last week’s Tuesday: O’Reilly Factor 2.92 million viewers

    This week’s Monday: O’Reilly Factor 2.68 million viewers
    This week’s Tuesday: O’Reilly Factor 2.47 million viewers

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Tony: >>> O’Reilly is going down and The Five is going up. <<<

    O'Reilly going down? You must have been smokin' weed all week. The Factor is the ONLY show above with over two million viewers. He's been in the low 3's during the height of the primary season. I stil predict that Bill will have four millionpeople watching him by 2013.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Matt: NO. Calling Maddow a mister was NOT a mistake. Everyday, several dozen people have bad things to say about the news & commentary hosts on Fox News. Where’s your indignation in those cases?

  • Ralph Hahn

    @joan: >>> @Ralph
    I think they should try to hire Beck he is missed! <<<

    You're right. I brought this up yesterday. But, I think that CNN would put some restrictions on Beck that would BRING viewers & sponsors to the 6pm hour, not drive them away.

    I know that Glenn has complete control over his Internet show, but most people have stopped talking about him since he left Fox.

  • d.d.

    Blind Chinese Dissident Speaks Exclusively To Channel 4 News

    He left the embassy for hospital on Wednesday morning, although he told Channel 4 News this was part of an agreement with the Chinese government rather than because of a medical emergency.

    “Nobody from the (US) Embassy is here. I don’t understand why. They promised to be here,” he added.

    When asked if he was at hospital because of his health, Chen replied: “No. I came because of an agreement. I was worried about the safety of my family. A gang of them have taken over our house, sitting in our room and eating at our table, waving thick sticks around.


  • Tony

    ” O’Reilly going down? You must have been smokin’ weed all week. The Factor is the ONLY show above with over two million viewers. He’s been in the low 3’s during the height of the primary season. I stil predict that Bill will have four millionpeople watching him by 2013. ”

    Do you know what “going down” means? It means you’re losing viewers. Compared to last week’s Tuesday, his viewership is down 15%.

  • Joan

    All the shows go down somewhat during special sports events and popular network shows nearing the season conclusion ( like this time of year) 8 O’Clock is a popular time!
    The fact…..O’Reily is # 1 Hannity # 2. And all FOX shows make up ythe top 10. Quite a terrific record by any standards! I’m a happy conservative gal myself :)

  • Joan

    @ Ralph

  • Tony

    O’Reilly is still nr.1 but if the average number for the week is 2.5 million viewers…..damn. That’s almost 1M viewers less than a few months ago. Last week he got 2.8M viewers. Glenn Beck lost over 1M viewers so they cancelled his show. O’Reilly should be worried.

  • Tony

    If Hannity aired 8PM, I bet he would get more viewers than O’Reilly.

  • suikostinger


    “suikostinger ,how do you know what he mean’s ? Oh that’s right your Mr know- it- all.suikostinger which one are you and which one is Nancy ‘dumb or dumber?’”

    It’s called reading comprehension and not being an idiot.

  • suikostinger

    @Ralph Hahn

    Everyday, several dozen people have bad things to say about the news & commentary hosts on Fox News.

    Couple dozen people? There’s only 4-5 people in here that even dislike Fox News and out of those 4-5 people only about 2 have said bad things about the Fox News hosts…..What are YOU smoking?

    This place has been taken over by the FAR right calling names to the center and left winged people in here including the hosts on MSNBC. I mean, just look at Jack and what he said….

  • Tony

    ” All the shows go down somewhat during special sports events and popular network shows nearing the season conclusion. ”

    Rachel Maddow is going up. The Five is going up. Hannity is going up. Bill O’Reilly is going down.

  • Tony

    What has happened to CNN? They used to be able to pull in over a million viewers, every program. Anderson Cooper used to have almost 2 million viewers: http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/03/17/cable-news-ratings-for-wednesday-march-16-2011/86120/

  • Ratboy

    Looney Tunes is back on!!!!!

    Matthews: Romney A ‘Useful Tool’ That Is ‘Not All That Interested In The World’

    On Wednesday, MSNBC’s host of Hardball, Chris Matthews, delved into why he believes the prospect of Mitt Romney as president is something to “fear,” because he believes the former Massachusetts governor is not all that interested in politics or the issues that motivate political commentators. Matthews says that he doubts that if Romney were not running for President that he would be consuming political debate by “watching this network at night.” Furthermore, Matthews says that Romney is a “useful tool” for Republican opinion leaders like Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist or Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol.


  • DB

    You gotta love it, Chris Mathews called someone a tool. Chris, the second biggest tool on MSNBC next to Ed.

    Tony, can tell your a lib. You turn one week’s change in viewership into a trend. We’ll see what Bill O does in the next few weeks and if he goes up I expect you to shout it from the mountain tops.

  • AppleStinx

    Tony wrote: “…Anderson Cooper used to have almost 2 million viewers: (ref cable-news-ratings-for-wednesday-march-16-2011/86120/)…”

    AC had almost 2 million viewers on 3/16/2011 by covering the T?hoku Earthquake and Tsunami.

  • Coffee Steve

    I’m back, but please don’t stand up :-)

    Bill O and all prime time will be down because of the NBA Playoffs

    @Apple & Hillbilly

    The Five is closing in

  • Coffee Steve


    Try cleaning your cookies, if you don’t know how I’ll tell you how

  • Coffee Steve

    *Saudi Arabia warns Iran over Gulf islands, Bahrain

    RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia repeated on Wednesday that it would not tolerate threats to the Gulf Arab states’ sovereignty, the latest warning to Iran after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to an island claimed by both Tehran and the United Arab Emirates.

    The warning, the third in as many weeks by a member of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), comes amid increased nervousness in the region over Iran

    ***And Yep, Oil is rising on the futures board

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