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.

  • Ralph Hahn


    There: “Look there, not here.”

    Their: “Look…their house is on fire.”

    They’re: “I see they are (or they’re) not going to rebuild the house.”

    Lose: Opposite of Win

    Loose: Opposite of tight.

    What are some other commonly-mispelled and misused, words and definitions?

  • Coffee Steve

    What are some other commonly-mispelled and misused, words and definitions?

    Coffee Steve=Smart?

  • Ralph Hahn

    @1Nancy2: That was originally for Muhamed, not you. It was the first sentence of what I decided not to send, but it was tabbed down below my intended close. I saw it when it was already posted.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Coffee “Smart” Steve: Hey, I thought that you were taking a nap before your 3D movie? Are we in the same time zone?

  • Suikostinger


    I find it funny that someone like Jack would attack me (but failing miserable) then misuse the word their and they’re.

  • Coffee Steve


    I tried to sleep but with a 12 year old in the house, we all know how that goes :-)


    You going to see Avengers tonight? and how did you like the hunger games?

  • d.d.

    I’ve been reading you all,so, my last comment today is , I’m a Conservative

    BUT ……………

    I’ve never been a fan of Shep . He’s flip, sarcastic at times , & has used the F word on the air more than once. I think he looks absolutely terrible , seems dissatisfied , &, is no longer doing any more than a passable job. In news , that doesn’t seem to matter much . Look at CNN for their mediocre reporting.

    With so many viewers going online for news by laptop, ipad or phone, , cable news networks should work a little harder than they have been . I mean they should have a field of investigative news. Heaven knows, we need it.


    Night All.

  • Suikostinger


    Hannity in 2010 taking Obama COMPLETELY 100% out of context…..what is this? MSNBC? Hannity trying to pull the wool over your eyes like the hosts on MSNBC does. I thought this whole thing was suppose to be fair and balanced? Even as an OPINION show, you can’t do that….LOL

  • Hoppy


    I’m sending you some lightning and rain – no wind to speak of, though.

  • Coffee Steve


    How ya doing Hoppy? great to see you on here

    I’ll send Rats some too, the Derby can’t be rained on

  • Hoppy

    @ Ralph,

    Your and you’re – and then there’s the lay and lie confusion and the me/I problem.

  • Coffee Steve

    We had our Derby Parade in Louisville tonight and…

    Cyndi Lauper apologizes for using expletive before Pegasus Parade

    Pop icon Cyndi Lauper apologized for using an expletive that was caught by a microphone prior to a short performance in the run-up to the Pegasus Parade. She said it happened out of frustration over technical difficulties.

  • eggmanbill

    OMG, the Bartender Hannity has Bolling and Gilfoyle as experts on the Middle East, now they are three of the dumbest on Fox, what a joke. LOL

  • Hoppy

    Hangin’ in here, Steve – good to hear from everybody. I’m about an hour west of Rats, so what happens here doesn’t stay here.

  • Coffee Steve


    Your a brave man for admitting you live near Rats :-)

  • Coffee Steve

    Good thing we bought our tickets this morning, SOLD OUT for tonight, were heading out to make sure we get a good seat

    Later Gators

    Have a GREAT night everyone


    And one last bit of wisdom for tonight

    I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather.. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car. :-)

  • Julie Brown

    If either MSNBC or CNN…thinks it’s ever going to get their ratings up…they are going to have to drop their love fest for Obama….People are truly sick and tired of listening to them promote Obama around the clock.

    Both networks obviously ignore the ratings…and probably don’t much care. How do advertiser even advertise on these cable news outlets? No one ever sees their commericials.

  • lbsles

    In regards to the person who thinks that a rather large number of old and feeble folks watch FNC, a little math might set the record straight.

    FNC total daytime:……….1,212,000.

    -25-50 years of age………..304,000……ages 25-35-50.
    -35-64 years of age………..525,000……ages 35-50-65.


    Question how many of the 383 are below the age of 25?

    Question how many of the 383 are above the age of 65?

    The real question is how many peoples are counted twice between the ages of 35 and 50? Those folks are counted twice in both key demos.

    P2+ = viewers over the age of 2.
    (25-54) = Adults 25-54 viewing.
    (35-64) = Adults 35-64 viewing.

    FNC total Primetime:……….2,117,000.

    -25-50 years of age………….404,000….ages 25-35-50.
    -35-64 years of age………….776,000….ages 35-50-65.

    Question how many of the 937,000 are below the age of 25?

    Question how many of the 937,000 are above the age of 65?

    The real question is how many peoples are counted twice between the ages of 35 and 50? Those folks are counted twice in both key demos.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Suiko… >>> I find it funny that someone like Jack would attack me (but failing miserable) then misuse the word their and they’re <<<

    I'm a Virgo and so is a younger woman who works with me. We both HATE when we see misspellings. I had another female friend who would write something like: "I think he's a real looser."

    There are three other words that are all pronounced the same but are often misused. And, nearly every song is spelled in numerics as well as tye alphabet. I don't know if it started with Prince's "I Would Die 4 U" or Sinead O'Connor "Nothing Compares 2 U."

    And, in hip-hop, eveery other song has the 'F' word in it. If not, one of the other (former) seven words that U can't say on TV."

    My favorite rap song TITLE is "I Got 99 Problems But The B—h Ain't One."

    My favorite rap compliment. "You're The S–t." Nice, huh?

  • Jack

    Suckitsinger,Call the spelling cop’s and have them lock me up,I made a mistake .Suckitsinger thinks he’s Mr perfect ,no you’re just a ignorant idiot.Now go have a muffin and a smile.DB posted that you have a obsession with muffins. Are they blueberry muffins? Maybe you and Al Sharpie can make a blueberry muffin and a blueberry pie commercial together .It could be called blueberry night with dumb and dumber. Oh ,can’t forget Nancy .Dumb,dumber and dumbest.THEY’RE you happy now Suckitstinger?
    Ralph ,now you’re sinking to the level of Suckitstinger .It’s the internet for christ sake’s .Who cares if someone misses a comma,colon or misspells a word.Yes I made a mistake and thanks to Suckitstinger for being so kind tand pointing that out.But that’s all he can do pointing out punctuation and spelling mistakes. One more thing Ralph ,thanking queen Nancy for that ignorant post she made to Muhamed or what ever his name is just show you’re sinking to the level of whale sh*t.I guess after your bad speller post you just show you’re lower then whale sh*t,just say hi to Suckitstinger and Nancy.

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