Cable News Ratings for Wednesday May 16, 2012

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May 17th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for May 16, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,159            325            557
CNN         274             70            103
MSNBC         412            111            180
CNBC         152             41             86
FBN           56             10             25
HLN         194             66            109
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,155            486            905
CNN         423            121            171
MSNBC         844            226            388
CNBC         103             39             56
FBN           34             13             19
HLN         275             83            128
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,127            350            555
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         165             62             78
MSNBC Morning Joe         340            118            183
CNBC Squawk Box         151             52             95
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         278            142            212
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,546            395            658
CNN SITUATION ROOM         430             64            130
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         720            111            262
CNBC FAST MONEY         199             33            106
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT         170             49             80
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,732            450            712
CNN JOHN KING USA         316             52             87
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         641            108            245
CNBC MAD MONEY         249             78            162
HLN PRIME NEWS         217             37             92
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,490            437            728
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         297             79            122
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         610            111            273
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         171             45             88
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         172             42             71
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,905            618         1,167
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         379            103            137
MSNBC ED SHOW         774            162            369
CNBC TRASH INC: GARBAGE           70             28             44
HLN NANCY GRACE         394            112            173
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       2,038            426            883
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         417            103            167
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW         923            265            430
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         106             46             67
HLN DR. DREW         236             73            119
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,507            412            665
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         473            157            209
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         834            252            366
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         133             42             58
HLN NANCY GRACE         208             66             96
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,201            430            684
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         171             55             57
MSNBC ED SHOW         518            170            197
CNBC MAD MONEY           99             37             65
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         264             59            122

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.

  • Raz

    Ouch, another bad day for CNN and MSNBC. What Miss Maddow is lacking and sadly what the other MSNBC-ers are also is consistancy. One day up and the other day way down. Fox folks tend to be more consistant in viewership, which is why they are profitable for advertisers. Fox may not be the most perfect network, but none can deny their profitablity.

  • Patrick W.

    I dont believe the Liberal Media!!! NBC “news” was CAUGHT doctoring the Zimmerman 911 tapes!!! Where’s the outrage? Yet Liberal attack ONLY Foxnews out of all the TV news. Another sign that all tv news is Liberal EXCEPT Fox.

  • Rod D

    Ed’s ratings were CNN-like.


  • Patrick W.

    Raz: I agree Fox isn’t perfect but are the best of a bad lot.

  • Patrick W.

    I’m a conservative but I do wish Anderson Cooper’s ratings were better. He does good work and seems like an ok guy. Plus he’s not an idiot like maddow or a racist like sharpton.

  • Anybody But Obama

    As goes MSNBC so goes Obama. losers

  • club

    What would you do if you owned a Proffessionsalbasketball team who got beat every stinking day, 120 – 45….???? Would you even consider COPYING the team that was beating your team???? Would you consider trying to STEAL some of their better players???? Of would you just shrug your shoulders and say “I don’t care if we get beat every day 120 – 45, we’re still a better team than them”……. In other words TRYING THE SAME FAILING THING OVER AND OVER, AND THINKING (HOPING) YOU’LL GET DIFFERENT RESULTS…..???? THAT’S CALLED INSANITY…. AND IT DEFINES PMSNBC AND CNN….

  • d.d.

    CNN continues its pitiful slide.

    “CNN hosts are the real problem:

    With the possible exception of Anderson Cooper, CNN hasn’t found a
    host “who really appeals to independents, or the independently minded liberals and conservatives out there.

    Instead of just letting partisans sound off, CNN should try challenging them by doing original investigative work. “Something amazing might happen — people might actually watch you again.”

    “Friendly advice to CNN — change everything” ( The Week)


    U.S. Imposes Anti-Dumping Duties on Chinese Solar Imports


    The U.S. Commerce Department imposed tariffs of 31 percent to 250 percent on imports of Chinese solar products after companies including SolarWorld AG (SWV)’s U.S. unit accused them of setting prices below the cost of production

    Opponents of the punitive tariffs, such as the Washington-based Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy, which includes Westinghouse Solar Inc. (WEST) and more than 100 other companies, claim the levies would cost U.S. jobs.

    Oh-oh . I bet a trade war with China will hurt the solar industry,& , cost jobs …


    USPS to cut 13,000 jobs

    Patrick Donahoe, postmaster general of the United States Postal Service, announced today that the USPS will cut 13,000 people out of its workforce by 2014

    The process begins next week, when 5,000 employees “will begin receiving notifications next week related to consolidating and other efficiency-enhancing activities to be conducted this summer.”


    Touting car bailout, Team Obama ignores 112,150 dealer firings

    Wash. Ex.

    According to industry insiders, some 2,243 dealerships were ordered closed in virtually every corner of the country. And with an average of 50 workers per dealership, according to auto dealers groups, that means some 112,150 salesmen, mechanics, finance managers and custodians were shoved out of their job.

  • Rod D

    @ Patrick W.

    Rachel Maddow’s an idiot?

    So someone who earned a Rhodes Scholarship while attending Stanford. And then went on to earn her doctorate from Oxford is an idiot?

    What an idiotic comment to make.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Let’s face it.

    The only REAL competition daily is 9PM between Hannity and Maddow in the 25-54’s. Rachel has come close to Sean a few times, but last night it was a slaughter.

    Maybe, Hannity hosting the guy who interviewed the Rev. Wright at length brought a lot more viewers to FNC.

  • Nick Czar

    Looks like Ed’s numbers are heading south !

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Rod D: Citing one’s college education and post-graduate work does not impress at all. A lot of them are probably working at McDonald’s because our government, politicians on both sides, sent all of our good jobs away to other continents.

    The true measure of a person’s intelligence is what he or she accomplishes in the Real World. These days, those framed diplomas on the wall just proves that you were a good student.

    So, you can get your Rhodes at Stanford and get a phd at Oxford…and still be an idiot.

  • Mike

    @Ralph Hahn
    Well put.

  • betty

    Rakel Maddow is an IDIOT and a MORON she is STOOPID (sic) she doesn’t have common sense, she is also very abrasive and annoying and she deserves low
    ratings….. ahe is a LOSER.

  • Mike

    @Rod D
    Obama can get a Nobel peace prize with doing anything and still be a idiot.

  • lbsles

    @ usnretx2

    a slight opus to you.

    Ventura is the wrong word to use when ships are refueling.
    Correct spellimg is Venturi.

    Info for all: The Venturi effect is the reduction in fluid pressure that results when a fluid flows through a constricted area. When two ships are close togeter the water will beging to flow faster between the two ships. This increase in water flow will cause the two ships to move toward each other. To counter this effect the two ships will turn their respective ships to the outside, the one on the right steers a little to the right while the one on the left steers slightly to the left. The faster that they are moving the more pronounce the steering will be.

  • Rod D

    @ Ralph, Mike, etc.

    So what exactly makes Rachel an idiot?

    She definitely has a higher IQ than you all.

  • DB

    Rod, how do you know that?

  • Kev

    Who will win the hate wars this week?

  • Rod D

    DB, I’ll admit there is a possibility that one of us has a higher IQ than Rachel. But it’s very unlikely.

    Rachel’s at the George Will, Paul Krugman, William Buckley level of intelligence.

    Often lacking in common sense, but very book smart.

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