Cable News Ratings for Tuesday, May 8, 2012; Erin Burnett Outfront Goes Low

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May 9th, 2012

At 7pm Erin Burnett Outfront scratched (failed to meet minimum Nielsen reporting levels -for more information go here) in the adults 25-54 demographic with 46,000 viewers.

According to Nielsen data for last night, CNN’s Outfront delivered an all time low since the 10/3/11 launch.  The previous low had been on 4/26/12 when it averaged 63,000 adults 25-54.

The 2am repeat of 'Outfront' also scratched in the 25-54 demo with 46,000 viewers.

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for May 8, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC    1,151        284         505
CNN      284         88         117
MSNBC      400         91         163
CNBC      142         31           71
FBN        65         13           27
HLN      192         71         103
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC    2,048        465         887
CNN      406        133         182
MSNBC      876        219         366
CNBC      165         39           82
FBN        44         13           23
HLN      298         88         151
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends      962        230         488
CNN Early Start/Starting Point      221         90         104
MSNBC Morning Joe      327         96         155
CNBC Squawk Box      109         35           61
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade      235        100         123
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE    1,800        431         701
CNN SITUATION ROOM      401         81         118
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS      657        109         214
CNBC FAST MONEY      151         24           62
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT      166         25           50
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER    1,808        347         683
CNN JOHN KING USA      301         73         114
MSNBC POLITICS NATION      677        106         246
CNBC MAD MONEY      163         29           78
HLN PRIME NEWS      274         73         122
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH    1,676        345         743
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      303         46         107
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS      665        122         271
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT      171         46           70
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL      317         83         160
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    2,698        512       1,099
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      442         96         186
MSNBC ED SHOW      871        170         357
CNBC CRIME INC: HUMAN TRAFFICK      108         40           69
HLN NANCY GRACE      476        141         251
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY    1,881        504         896
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT      358        114         153
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW      927        264         406
CNBC 60 MINUTES ON CNBC      175         36           88
CNBC DR. DREW      200         51           92
HLN HLN LOCAL EDITION      168         43           81
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA    1,546        379         665
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      416        190         206
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL      828        222         335
CNBC 60 MINUTES ON CNBC      213         40           90
HLN NANCY GRACE      235         78         120
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    1,198        348         597
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      272        145         142
MSNBC ED SHOW      439        111         177
CNBC MAD MONEY      146         55           99
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT      234         72         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.

  • Rick


    What does “Erin Burnett, contributor” mean?
    Does that mean she didn’t write it she just told the writer about her experience and edited what the actual writer wrote to make it sound like she wrote it?

  • leon hawker

    Good points Stinger. I guess my point is its one thing to change your mind and another to flip flop to pander to people. To idealogs a change to their point of view is”evolving” and if they change to an opposing view its a “flip flop”.

  • Michelle

    It’s pandering. Obama wants money so he flip-flopped on homosexual marriage.

    ‘Obama reversal on same sex marriage comes just days after donors threatened to withhold funds’


  • Coffee Steve

    Any idea how long her contract is for

    I really have no Idea, but after the election is over it may not matter. CNN has got to do something, they are becoming the laughing stock of Cable News

  • Rick

    I agree with you It’s pandering. I am not sure whether he actually changed his mind or whether he just said he did or whether he said he was against it in 2007 for Political reasons.

    That is my problem, I am not sure whether he means it or not.

    But, since Congress and State Legislatures write the laws it doesn’t really matter what he says about gay marrage.

  • Rick

    C Steve
    If CNN is the laughing stock of Cable News does that mean CNN stands for Comedy News Network.
    You think Conan would think about signing with them? It would help ratings.

  • Coffee Steve


    LOL…I don’t know, Conan just might bring their numbers up :-)

  • DB

    Rat, don’t even try to have an intelligent conversation with suiko. He will deny posting something even when it is shown to him in black and white. He will totally miss the point and make an absurd one himself. I was hoping he was missing the points on purpose because he had no argument but that was giving him too much credit. He misses the point because he can’t comprehend them. It must be said, he is not the sharpest blade in the drawer, in fact he is a fork.

    In north carolina the bible did not dictate the marriage amendment passing, it was the 61% of the voters who dictated its passing. It just so happens that the folks in my state believe in the word of God and take it seriously. They used their beliefs and principles to guide their vote. If folks in NC don’t like the outcome they can either live with it or they can move. The same thing can be said for those who don’t like the outcome of the next presidential election, live with it or leave. Suiko, read this five times and maybe you will get it–actually probably not.

    In 2008 Obama said that marriage was defined as between a man and a woman and in addition there was a spiritual component to marriage. God defined marriage as between a man and woman. Of course he was in an auditorium filled with christians and was being questioned by Rick Warren so, as Obama usually does he said what he thought the folks in the room wanted to hear. The man has no principles only the desire to be reelected.

  • Coffee Steve

    I used to like looking for the background reasons for stories when I made a living at it, and on all this Gay Marrige stuff, I wonder if Joe Bidens mouth may be a sign he may not be on the ticket in November? Just a thought..

    Night Everyone


  • Rick

    If Joe Biden is not on the ticket in November that might mean that Obama would probably need to restaff the entire White House if he wins.
    Sign of a popular guy.

  • Rick

    Good night all

  • suikostinger

    lol at DB…

    Or the fact that I proved that Ratboy completely took my sentence out of context and didn’t even copy and paste ONE whole sentence of what I said. But nice try DB. Seems all you can do is call people names. :) Ratboy even knows it too, that’s why he stopped posting for the day, he ALWAYS does that to ANY of the people that prove their point to him. Gabe even said it himself, Ratboy just all of a sudden stops posting when he’s proven wrong and can’t back up what he said. I think it’s about time I just completely ignore all your posts because all you can do in here, it seems, is act immature and bad mouth people. That’s all you do to ANYONE in here that doesn’t believe in the same things as you. From me, to Jeff, to Gabe. You really are the worst of the worst and also not that bright either.

    “In north carolina the bible did not dictate the marriage amendment passing. It just so happens that the folks in my state believe in the word of God.”

    Would have been funnier if you said spoon, just saying. People interpreting the bible into our nations laws. So pretty much the bible dictated what people voted on in NC…..lol. hahahahaha Idiot.

  • Hillbilly

    Posted May 9, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    President Obama demonstrated what a good honest man that speaks up for what he believes in looks like.


    Yea he was for gay marriage while running in Chicago, then changed his mind to being against it. Now he needs money & ground troops he’s for it again. That’s being honest & speaking up for what he believes in? :lol: LMAO :lol: Only took him 3+ years to be honest & speak up for what he believes in. :lol: LMAO :lol:

  • Hillbilly

    The United States opened its banking market to China’s biggest bank ICBC, for the first time clearing a takeover of a US bank by a Chinese state-controlled company.


    DENVER (Reuters) – A Colorado bill that would have allowed same-sex civil unions failed to advance to a full vote on the last day of the legislative session on Wednesday, setting up a potential stand-off with the state’s Democratic governor.


    MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A Minnesota couple accused of shaving their 12-year-old daughter’s head and forcing her to run around their neighborhood in an adult diaper and tank top as punishment for a failing grade appeared in court on Wednesday on misdemeanor charges.


    Entrepreneur legally changes his name to Tyrannosaurus Rex

    A 23-year-old Nebraska native who was born Tyler Gold Gabriel has left that moniker behind in favor of Tyrannosaurus Rex. His name change was even approved by a judge, though we have a hard to understanding how the court kept from busting out in laughter.


    Applestinx spending his bubblegum money again. ;)

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Roy Lichtenstein’s “Sleeping Girl” sold for nearly $45 million on Wednesday, setting a record for the pop artist at Sotheby’s $267 million auction of postwar and contemporary art.

  • Hillbilly

    Checking the betting real money sites – Intratrade has Nobama winning. Betfair has Nobama winning. $500 on Ron Paul (Betfair) you win $23,500. :)

  • Hillbilly

    I looked for the video on youtube, but its not there yet. On The Five Dana Perino said – (paraphrasing) “The CIA should make a video of an underwear bomber goofing up & blowing off his “ding ding.” Then show him in heaven with 72 virgins. The guys lol’d big-time. They couldn’t believe Dana said that. I’m guessing the video will be online tomorrow. BTW it was Dana’s B-day.


  • Stan T.

    Posted May 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Even if Obama didn’t come out to support same-sex marriage, the next Democratic candidate would have been for it in 2016. And the Republicans will eventually come around. A lot of younger Republicans are for gay marriage and its a generational issue. It’ll probably be around 2030, but oh well.
    You aren’t paying attention, dude…I live in california, the most liberal state in the union, and we’ve voted down gay marriage REPEATEDLY. Only liberal judges, ignoring thier oath of office, keep their hopes alive.

  • Stan T.

    Posted May 9, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Mitt saved the auto industry by suggesting that we “should let it go bankrupt”?

    Mitt wanted the LGBT community to believe they had no “better friend” than him until he decided that the teapartyers would make better friends when it comes to locking up his party’s nomination.

    Mitt was all for raising student loan interest rates when he called the Ryan plan “marvelous” before he all of a sudden backtracked and decided it would be better for him to campaign for the youth vote instead.

    Poor Mitt, he must be suffering from either split-personality disorder or whiplash from changing his positions when they are most politically expedient.

    Don’t be fooled by the Mitt. He wouldn’t know what a true political conviction was if it came up and bit him on the @ss!


    Oh, you mean like Obama claiming he’s against gay marriage for years…then when the gay community threatens to not donate money to his already shaky re-election, he’s suddenly for gay marriage….but notice in his stupid little speach, he also said he wasn’t going to do anything about it…so everyone with a brain knows it’s just pandering to get donations…he’s no more evolved than he has ever been….but this is also telling…because he’s admitting, until now, he’s been unevolved…maybe those pictures of monkeys weren’t so far off then? Just saying, his words not mine.

  • Stan T.

    Posted May 9, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    @Leon Hawker

    Might want to read what Obama said about gay marriage recently. He said his views has evolved on same sex marriage. Even in 2008, he’s ALWAYS said he’s believed in Civil Unions (to the best of my knowledge) and now supports same sex marriage as to when he was against it in 2008. That’s not flip flopping IMO.


    we know, it’s only flip flopping if a republican does it…sorry…Obama flip flopped not to buy votes, but to get campaign donations that the gay community already publically threatened to withhold…that’s flat out flip flopping just to get money.

  • Mark

    @Stan T

    The Republicans whole campaign besides swift boaters in 2004 was John Kerry is a Flip Flopper. I do think Romney takes Flip Flopping to a whole new level. While the republicans can claim Obama flipped on 1 issue(or at least did a partial flip of pro civil unions to pro marriage) he has ways to go to get to the levels of I take both sides of the argument Mitt. I am guessing the republican talking points feel if they call Obama a flip flopper on 1 issue it will some how muddy the waters to the 101 things Mitt has taken a stance on both sides of an issue that they both flip floppers.

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