Cable News Ratings for Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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May 3rd, 2012



Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Wednesday, May 2, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC    1,212        304         525
CNN      308         90         122
MSNBC      413        112         172
CNBC      156         52           90
FBN        74         11           28
HLN        -          -           -
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC    2,117        404         776
CNN      387        115         161
MSNBC      830        249         357
CNBC      198        125         114
FBN        58           7           20
HLN      215         79         122
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends    1,153        333         602
CNN Early Start/Starting Point      201         74         100
MSNBC Morning Joe      399        133         208
CNBC Squawk Box      167         41           96
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade      262        116         151
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE    1,751        411         760
CNN SITUATION ROOM      497         96         121
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS      718         97         214
CNBC FAST MONEY      198         28           92
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT      149         35           68
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER    1,707        348         633
CNN JOHN KING USA      452         82         112
MSNBC POLITICS NATION      658        145         229
CNBC MAD MONEY      158         32           91
HLN PRIME NEWS      271         56         131
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH    1,548        342         626
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      323        104         119
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS      697        192         292
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT      147         26           80
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL      332        119         200
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    2,922        563       1,122
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      413        162         209
MSNBC ED SHOW      821        227         388
CNBC AMERICAN GREED      130         66           84
HLN NANCY GRACE      411        121         248
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY    1,838        360         681
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT      369         95         129
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW      869        271         370
CNBC NHL SEMI FINALS L      253        174         154
HLN DR. DREW      299         84         169
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA    1,575        290         524
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      379         87         145
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL      799        249         313
CNBC NHL SEMI FINALS L      210        133         104
HLN NANCY GRACE      259         91         156
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    1,297        401         618
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      271         95         163
MSNBC ED SHOW      495        186         232
CNBC NHL LIVE POST SEMI FINALS      128         92           75
HLN NHL SEMI FINALS L      229        160         111


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.

  • Coffee Steve

    To me it looks like a hooker’s attire.


  • Ralph Hahn

    @muhamed: You could be Jay Carney, Obama’s spokesman, the way that you ATTEMPT to convince the others that you are a truth-teller. Everyone, I mean EVERY on on this board, is hip to your BS. You have a right to post.
    But, you’re trying to convince people.

    Why hate Fox News? Because, they’re successful? “Spin” away…the people here have FACTS in front of them when they post.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Coffee “3D” Steve: >>> Were going tonight at 12am to see Avengers 3D <<<

    Man, I thought that you are an early to bed, early to rise kind of guy.
    When you turn in for the night, I'm thinking that you're going by the "Lost-Continent-of-Atlantis" time zone. ;-)

  • Coffee Steve


    Fanny Mea reports another Loss and is asking for 19 Million more from us, will this insanity ever end?

    And, Have you noticed the new lending tree ad’s? Reminds me of those Countrywide ad’s every 2 monutes than ran right before the bubble burst.

  • Rick

    I notice that Ted Turner said that he wanted CNN to be “hard news” and not political like Fox and MSNBC. I do not veiw CNN as being hard news. CNNI is closer to “Hard News”.

    CNN and HLN are both “Soft News”.

  • Coffee Steve

    @Ralph Hahn
    When you turn in for the night, I’m thinking that you’re going by the “Lost-Continent-of-Atlantis” time zone.

    You may find this hard to believe but I sleep on average about only 4 hours per night. I usually read a book for a couple of hours then hit the bed and get up and do some things around the house and Garage till about 7am, I am usually up by 4:30am every morning, with some exceptions of course.

  • Coffee Steve

    Supper Time!!!!!

    Steve’s Fried Chicken tonight, come one come all


  • muhamed

    Ralph, Ralph, Ralph….who says I hate foxnews? NO ONE my friend…I surely didn’t, and if so please find it. What would poosibly make you think I am jay carney, and what am i trying to convince people of? I don’t like Shep…that’s true. Now I can see your world is very sheltered, you hang out here (a little spot you’ve found and carved out to call home) and you try to bully people that disagree with you. Why don’t you go read what I wrote on the previous days ratings about you and Shep….better yet, I’ll just post it here for you. You are cookey my friend, how could you possibly draw the conclusions about me you did, from the tiny tiny tiny amount of info you have from my 3 posts? If I was you, thank GOD I’m not, I would read them and say..this guy doesn’t really care for Shep Smith…thats about all there is to draw….oh, and that I like all other shows on Fox…not sure how you missed that, but ya did. Here’s what I wrote on the rating the day before:

    @ralph….you’re crazy my friend…not to mention your world must be pretty small if you’ve never met anyone that doesn’t like SS. I know many people that watch foxnews and they can’t stand Shep…additionally, I also know people that enjoy his show. Sorry, but the world does not revolve around you and your little TV set and you do not speak for everyone watching Shep or foxnews…you should try to get out a little more! Also, why don’t you try to explain his ratings…why have they fallen off? I used to watch Shep all the time, but then he got bitter and lame…like the whole george zimmerman fiasco, he still touts al sharptons talking points that have been shown to be false, but that doesn’t stop Shep from spouting them off every time the story comes up. Meghan Kelly is good, Cavuto is excellent, the 5 is awesome, brett baier is great, and the primetime line is fantastic….I just cannot for the life of me watch SS…and I do exactly that mi amigo, change the channel when SS comes on. Shep should stick to the weather and hurricanes hey, there’s a thought, he could go to the weather channel), and assaulting women over parking spaces…

  • Dana

    Why would Ted Turner,a media genius, want to emulate the ny times when the times is suffering and also can’t make a profit…I know he must be smarter than I am but why not emulatea winner!! I think Teddy’s best days are behind him….

  • betty

    Oh yeah, “won’t be long before Maddow beats FOX”, maybe next millenium.
    As for cameras at Walmart….if you’ve done Nothing wrong, you have Nothing
    to fear….SMILE and go about your business.

  • muhamed

    @Ralph, you should go work for Obama, the DNC, or NBC (see the previous two). When you don’t like what is said, you just make stuff up. You would fit in well over there….

    kinda like these doosies, keep in mind this is my 5th post ever on this website. Ralph – “Everyone, I mean EVERY on on this board, is hip to your BS. You have a right to post. But, you’re trying to convince people.” Ralph – “Why hate Fox News? Because, they’re successful? “Spin” away…the people here have FACTS in front of them when they post.”

    Okay, this guy could be off his meds, so we’ll give him that. But in my 5 posts here I’ve never once said I hate fox, and never said anything about their success….I actually love foxnews and their success. I’ve never tried to “spin” anything. I said Shep Smith was the lowest rated fox show except for the morning foxnews show and the oreilly rerun…sorry, no “spin” there Ralphy boy, just FACTS my friend, unlike you and your claims. Who is on to my “BS” as you claim? You? Are you “everyone” on this board. Come back to reality my friend….take those meds.

  • marvin

    I see that Jane Velez Mitchell beat Erin Burnett in total viewers and the target AGAIN.

    Is the clock ticking?

  • 1nancy2

    Muhamed? Give it a rest and leave Ralph alone. I don’t always agree with him, but he’s entitled to his opinion, w/out your critique. He can post wherever and whenever he likes and he is welcome here. You are welcome too and yes, I’m thrilled you love Fox News.. Thanks for that, Muhamed.

  • AppleStinx

    d.d. wrote: “CNN Viewers in China Blocked From Watching Story about Chinese Dissident”

    On the internet front, I checked whether the websites of CNN, Foxnews and MSNBC are being blocked in China. Foxnews came up as blocked, the other two were OK. Foxnews dot com is the most often blocked of the 3.

  • Tony

    ” To be fair, for Rachel, I think many MSDNC viewers watched NBC’s Rock Center. ”

    Exacly. This is why MSNBC is less popular than Fox News. Fox News doesn’t have any competition. It’s the only conservative network, so all the cons will watch it. MSNBC has to compete against CNN and NBC and many others. Their audience is liberal and some of MSNBC viewers go to other liberal networks.

  • Tony

    O’Reilly still can’t get 3+ million viewers.

  • AppleStinx

    The O’Reilly Factor lost to Rock Center this week, that’s 2 weeks in a row. Bill O’Reilly must do something about it before it becomes routine. :grin:

  • Tony

    Fox News audience is so old. I wonder how many viewers O’Reilly has in the 55-84 -demo.

  • muhamed

    Nancy…Leave Ralph alone??? That is totally fine, but the guy spouted off a bunch of nonsense, called me out, and repeated stuff I never said. I can’t set the record straight? I’ll just say this, I have posted here 5 times total in my life, this makes 6. I came here to look at ratings for the 5 and made a comments about Shepard Smith, how his show was the lowest rated on foxnews, and how he reports the news (which I dislike, and last time I checked, we can still do that, that hasn’t been taken from us yet). Ralph obviously was upset, and took offense because he comes back at me saying…”Gee. You’re the only Shep Smith hater that I’ve seen.” and a whole load of nonsense and phantom stuff I never said….and he did this with my first 2 post…kinda like a bully, NO that’s exactly what Bully behavior is. Now, if you don’t like what I wrote or posted, then I’ll tell you the exact same thing Ralph told me….in his own words…cut directly from HIS post to me about foxnews… “>>> If you’re that unhappy, go somewhere else! <<<" Real stand up, classy guy that Ralph is, eh Nancy? How could him and EVERYONE here possibly be on to my "BS" as he says, when I literally just posted here today? If you want to defend people like that, then good, go right ahead if that makes you feel better, but that says more about you than anything else….have a great day ma'am!

  • Coffee Steve

    Fox News audience is so old

    The doctor told me today I am as fit as a fiddle and expects me to be around until at least 90 years old, that’s 33 more years I’ll be watching Fox, then who knows they may drop to number 2?

    Rats? you borrow my teeth again? :mrgreen:

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