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.

  • Joan

    You talk about make you want to pike! I have a local channel on to monitor incoming bad weather and what do you suppose? Rock Center or should I say the Barry show!
    Unbelievable, how alone the Prez was as he made that hard decision. Biden= he was all alone, now remember that’s before he went to play a round of golf!
    Pass the barf bag! No wonder O’Reily beats them!

  • Joan

    That’s Puke not pike :)

  • Coffee Steve


    Sharpton Assures Radio Caller That Cheney’s Heart Did Not Come From Trayvon Martin


  • Joan

    LOL Coffee really, next they will get George for killing that poor boy for his heart. Sighting that’s where his money for living expenses came from :)

  • Coffee Steve


    When I seen that headline, I honestly did a doubletake

  • Joan

    I bet lol :)

  • Coffee Steve

    I have an early start in the morn so have a great evening everyone


    And always remember

    Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back.


  • Rod D

    Headline typo:

    Since when was this Tuesday the 2nd of May?

  • Coffee Steve

    Good Morning America!!!!!

    *Chicago Mulls Soda Tax
    “We know that taxing at the right level can reduce consumption of sugary drinks and that reducing consumption will help reduce the prevalence of obesity.”

    They don’t have too, Gas Prices will keep people from being able to afford Soda’s…

    BBL… Have a Breakfast with my buds this am


  • d.d.

    Good Morning All.

    I have grand jury duty again so I’ll be giving you all another break.


    I do think this is more than a human rights story . Our State Department has made some sloppy errors.

    Blind activist Chen Guangcheng: ‘I want to leave China on Hillary Clinton’s plane’



    Test successfully pulls natural gas from Alaskan ice

    I wish ‘Tired of it’ was still here to comment on this story.

    The Department of Energy has successfully completed an unprecedented test of harvesting the vast storehouse on Alaska’s North Slope of methane hydrate, essentially natural gas locked in ice crystals under the permafrost


    Far left Progressives must be so proud.

    Occupier Chucks Bricks at Crowd From Roof – Smashes Bystander in the Face ( Video available )

    Police Seize Bombs, Rocks, Pry Bars & Bags of Sh*t From #Occupy Seattle Protesters (Video available)

    Leftist radicals smashed windows, started fires, threw smoke bombs. Riot police were forced to take out the leftists before they could cause more damage.

    King 5 Cameraman Assaulted By #Occupy Protesters Live on TV (Video)

    OHIO BRIDGE BOMB PLOTTER Seen At #Occupy Cleveland Protests >>>VIDEO
    (Cleveland yesterday refused to renew Occupiers permit)

    Seattle Mayor’s Home Attacked By Occupiers, Windows Smashed With Rocks…

    Video: Occupier Slams Female Cop In The Back Of The Head…With A Drum

    Homeland Security Official Praises Socialist Holiday: “Happy May Day!’”…

    Number of Occupiers Arrested Tops 7,107…

  • usnretirex2

    Good moring all

  • usnretirex2

    @Coffee Steve

    You won’t hear any of this in the U.S. my father sent it to me. Thank god he moved out of the Green Village into another compound a couple of weeks ago.

    As many as six people were killed in a Taliban attack on a compound for foreigners in east Kabul Wednesday in retaliation for the visit of the US President to Afghanistan on Tuesday night.

    At least four Afghan civilians, including a child, died inside their burning car outside the compound and a Nepalese security guard was among the dead, while as many as ten Afghan school students were among the 17 wounded, officials said.

    The incident happened around 6:15am, less than two hours after US President Barack Obama left Afghanistan after making an unannounced visit to sign a long-term agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
    The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement saying they launched the attack “as a reaction to Obama’s surprise visit to Afghanistan”.

    The attack ended after 10:15am when the fourth and final attacker blew himself up in an unoccupied building within the compound.
    The first attacker died when he detonated the explosives carried in his car near the gate of the compound. The second bomber appears to have blown himself up inside the camp, and the third was gunned down by security guards, Kabul deputy police chief Daoud Amin told TOLOnews.

    At least four explosions were heard in the area, according to local residents.

    The compound, known as the “Green Village”, is used by international organisations for housing foreigners, including those working with the United Nations.

    Obama made a quick overnight visit to Afghanistan where he signed a long-term agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the one-year anniversary of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s death.
    The agreement cements 10 years of US assistance to Afghanistan after Nato combat troops leave in 2014.

  • Coffee Steve


    I’m glad your Dad is OK, Afghanistan will always be a mess.

    The reporter that works for a Station in Cincinnati and just returned from Israel I spoke to you about joined us for breakfast this morning, he’s in to watch the derby, and he is a former Delta Force Commander. I looked him straight in the eyes and asked him if there would be a conflict there before the election?, he just simply said, “Read the writing on the wall Steve, they aren’t gearing up to throw a party” “Iran isn’t just threatening Israel, they are threatening the entire Middle-East”

    We also know we have a few extra ships over there and now fighter Jets and stealth’s there too. He also said the thing that had him worried the most is the almost total shutdown of people talking about it, and you and I both know where that one leads.

    Now some quick Election talk, the DNC guys, (at this point) thinks West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina are a lost cause. The RNC guys believe Michigan will go for the Dems. Ohio slightly leaning left, and Florida is leaning GOP, but it’s to close at this time. One word of caution, soon there will be ad’s running in every coal producing State showing the new EPA regulations and the attack on Coal. All parties this morning said that could affect the election big-time.

    I do think this is more than a human rights story . Our State Department has made some sloppy errors.

    I fully agree.

  • Ratboy

    On Hannity, Michelle Malkin Tears Into Juan Williams’ Comparing Occupy Violence To Tea Party ‘Racism’


    by Meenal Vamburkar | 10:46 pm, May 2nd, 2012
    Sean Hannity brought in Michelle Malkin and Juan Williams to discuss the Occupy movement on Wednesday night. As Hannity and Malkin criticized the movement’s violence, Williams defended it, pointing to Tea Party racism — an assertion that sent the segment spiraling into a fiery clash with Malkin.

    The problem, Hannity said, is that President Obama and Nancy Pelosi “praised the movement at the time,” even “though from the very beginning, we saw a rape, protective tent being set up for women in New York. We saw violence in a number of these movements.”

    Williams said, “I don’t think they’re praising what you think they’re praising, Sean.” There hasn’t been much support for people who are “psychiatric cases,” he said. Hannity then played a clip of Obama saying the movement “expresses the frustrations of the American people” and Pelosi saying, “God bless them for their spontaneity. […] It’s young. It’s spontaneous. It’s focused. And it’s going to be effective.”

    Immediately, Malkin tore into Pelosi’s assertion and criticized what the movement has been:

    Let me correct Nancy Pelosi, that there is nothing spontaneous about this organized chaos. These occupiers, and the Democrats behind them, can no more disown the violent agitators than they can disown the stench that comes from these filthy encampments. From day one, from its inception, the movement has intended to create chaos. They have openly advocated smashing the state, wreaking havoc on our economy and undermining the rule of law.

    Williams responded by bringing up the Tea Party movement. If I was on this show, he started, “and I said the racism in some parts of the Tea Party, or what about the Tea Party person—” before he was cut off by the question, “What racism?”

    “Do not slander,” Malkin said firmly, as Williams went on to mention “jokes about monkeys and the president.” Malkin staunchly pressed, “Who? Name me one Tea Party person who said that.”

  • Ratboy

    By the way Gooooood Morning!

    Hey navydude, I WANT TO MEET YOUR DAD!! He, as Oreilly would say, IS A PATRIOT!!!

  • Coffee Steve

    Good Morning Rats

    And It (Finally) begins

    Sharyl Attkisson at CBS News reports that Republicans on the House Oversight Committee will take the first formal step toward contempt proceedings against Attorney General Eric Holder over Operation Fast and Furious.

    The draft consists of a briefing paper and 48 pages that will be distributed to Democrats and Republicans.

    According to the documents the Department of Justice has given “false denials, given answers intended to misdirect investigators, sought to intimidate witnesses, unlawfully withheld subpoenaed documents, and waited to be confronted with indisputable evidence before acknowledging uncomfortable facts.”

  • Coffee Steve


    And that my froend is the problem, everytime they ask the left for examples, the other side cannot give any names or show any proof, Bretbart com still has that 100,000 reward for any proof of that supposed spitting incident

    Now as for occupy examples, thousands of them on video

  • Ratboy

    @ Coffee Steve
    Posted May 3, 2012 at 5:19 AM

    And that my froend is the problem, everytime they ask the left for examples, the other side cannot give any names or show any proof, Bretbart com still has that 100,000 reward for any proof of that supposed spitting incident

    Now as for occupy examples, thousands of them on video

    For Juan Williams to say what he did really discredited him! He was never AS wacko as the rest of them but with comments like he made they should be painting an office for him over at MSNBC

  • Coffee Steve

    For Juan Williams to say what he did really discredited him!

    He was defending the indefensible, and when you don’t have a legit point, you fabricate one.

    I like Juan, but I agree, this time he went across the line of reality, but he’s allowed a few I guess.

  • Ratboy

    Coffee Dude, I just pulled my April statement for my 401k. I LOST money last month! As good as the market seems, it still aint good!

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