Cable News Ratings for Thursday, May 3, 2012

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May 4th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Thursday, May 3, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,162            287            518
CNN         297             80            114
MSNBC         423            125            182
CNBC         167             48             95
FBN           70             20             37
HLN         189             76            112
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,025            407            739
CNN         421            108            166
MSNBC         901            274            382
CNBC         258            132            152
FBN           63             28             35
HLN         250             74            148
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,084            316            561
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         224             60             92
MSNBC Morning Joe         402            141            208
CNBC Squawk Box         144             47            100
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         260            130            183
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,624            330            772
CNN SITUATION ROOM         356             77            106
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         626            114            221
CNBC FAST MONEY         202             28             97
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT         201             63            109
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,563            299            646
CNN JOHN KING USA         234             43             57
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         678            155            261
CNBC MAD MONEY         176             31             83
HLN PRIME NEWS         194             49            101
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,435            280            588
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         272             64             93
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         790            178            329
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         202             43             97
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         279             81            182
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,829            506         1,029
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         349             98            135
MSNBC ROCK CENTER W/B WILLIAMS         949            224            347
CNBC MEXICOS DRUG WAR         184             85            119
HLN NANCY GRACE         311             91            194
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       1,815            391            654
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         576            123            217
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW         983            327            462
CNBC COCAINE COWBOYS         256            113            138
HLN DR. DREW         209             67            107
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,412            324            527
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         335            102            146
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         765            269            333
CNBC COCAINE COWBOYS         334            199            200
HLN NANCY GRACE         241             72            150
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,065            302            508
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         249             73            116
MSNBC ROCK CENTER W/B WILLIAMS         477            185            226
CNBC MAD MONEY           55             30             21
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         151             57             98

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.

  • DB

    so suiko, in your post on the unemployment numbers you had no take on those numbers you just reposted the numbers Coffee did? Why did you do that? You didn’t state that you thought using the 2008 number was not fair because Obama wasn’t president in 2008? For your tiny little brain, that is your take!!

    Jessica, well said! You must be a member of MENSA just like suiko.

    Oh and suiko, I am not Jesus but thanks for the compliment.

  • Suikostinger

    BTW, Why can’t Matthews lie about “Obamas” unemployment rates? He’s an opinion show on MSNBC right? The Opinion shows on Fox News do it all the time. Remember the false 200 million dollar a day India trip that Obama made in 2010? Hannity and Fox and Friends reported that his trip costs the American people 200 million dollars a day to take a trip to India which was 100% false.

  • DB

    suiko, you put the words ” I never said anything bad to you” in quotes as if that is something I said. Prove I said that!! I believe I have said to you that I have not called you and idiot, or moron or stupid. You seem offended I have not called you those names?? Are you?

    Nancy the hypocrite appears again and pretends she is ignoring me but it is obvious she reads all my posts. You painted yourself into the “can’t respond” corner. Good move.

  • DB

    “an idiot”

  • DB

    typical suiko, trying to justify bad behavior with examples of supposed bad behavior by others. I love it when you libs respond to a negative report on Obama by saying “well Bush did it”. I thought Obama was going to be a change.

  • Suikostinger


    The people that bad mouth Matthews WATCH Fox News and shows like Fox and Friends and Hannity. To attack Mathews for what he says yet watch and enjoy and think Fox News is fair and balanced is a JOKE and VERY hypocritical. I never said “They do it so why can’t Mathews”. My point was, the people that attack Mathews in here (not Coffee) also think Fox News opinion shows should be able to say anything they want to say because they are opinion shows….well guess what, so is Mathews, yet he can’t do the same thing that the opinion shows on Fox News do? I love that you call me a lib just because I bad mouth Fox News, even though I have bad mouthed MSNBC over and over again. Your arguments are quite pathetic.

  • DB

    suiko, two questions. So you feel it is ok for opinion shows to lie? How much did the India trip cost?

  • Coffee Steve

    Quick Break

    WOW!!! The Moon is awesome tonight, HUGE!!!

    And Saturday night we have a Super Moon, (closest to the Earth for the year) Its awesome guys…enjoy it and just soak in the magnificence…

  • DB

    OMG suiko, you just said why can’t Mathews lie, Fox did it. Now your saying you didn’t say that? To quote you ” BTW why can’t Mathews lie? The opinion shows on Fox do it all the time.” Then you say ” I never said “They do it so why can’t Mathews.” And then you call my arguments pathetic. You can’t even remember or maybe can’t understand what you say from post to post.

  • Coffee Steve


    The Earth will not end Dec 21, 2012. It has been discovered the Mayan were taking LSD and they threw darts to pick certain dates. The Earth will actaully end yesterday

    From (Totally made up news) film at 11

  • Rick

    Coffee Steve
    I am glad someone focuses on the important things.

    I am watching the sunset.

    I will look for the moon shortly.

    Enjoy your movie, I think I will go watch mine.

  • DB

    suiko, my posts have been mainly attacking you not Mathews although I did say his take on the numbers was ridiculous. The difference is I know Mathews knows he is mistaken but doesn’t care because he has a man crush on Obama. I attacked you because you don’t understand how you misinterpreted the numbers. You obviously thing unemployment has actually gone down.

  • DB

    thing = think

  • Coffee Steve

    @Rick, were outside watching it and I’m on my laptop, Its amazing here, when rising it took up the whole sky, In 57 years I’ve never seen it that huge here, only once in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean have I ever seen it bigger than tonight.

    You enjoy your movie and the heavnly sights too.

  • Suikostinger

    OMG suiko, you just said why can’t Mathews lie, Fox did it.

    You really need to get out more, because your social skills are lacking. My point was that people that watch Fox News opinions shows like Fox and Friends and Hannity think it’s alright for them to lie about things just because they are opinion shows, so why do they think Matthews (as an opinion show)can’t? If you had the right social skills you would have known the point that was I was trying to get across, but you seem to be lacking such simple skills.

    “You obviously think unemployment has actually gone down.”

    WOW? I do? I never knew I did. Oh that’s right because I don’t. You might want to reread my post about the numbers that Coffee posted, because this is the 3rd time that I’ve said in here that ACCORDING to Coffees own numbers, that’s what they say. :)

  • Suikostinger


    The new Mission Impossible movie was actually pretty good. I’ve never seen the other 2 so I can’t compare. :(

  • DB

    suiko, you can spin what you said all you want but you said why can’t mathews lie since Fox does. Then you said you didn’t say that. You said it, it is black and white. The only thing you can say now is yes I said that but what I meant was … Don’t deny what you wrote!!! You contradicted yourself–admit it.

  • DB

    suiko, how much did the trip to India cost. You need to tell this little fact to support your statement that Fox lied. Just give us the actual cost.

  • Coffee Steve


    We went last night and saw the Avengers, if your into those kids of movies, this one took the prize, its great, Yep, MI 2 was the best.

    Goodnight everybody and as I leave a question?

    I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges. :-)

    Later Gators


  • DB

    Coffee, I actually think the 3rd MI movie is the best but that is my opinion of course. My opinion is based on the fact his female partner is the hottest one yet!!! Ok my opinion here is shallow but I don’t care.

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