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.

  • Hillbilly

    Even with his declining numbers Shep made the list. That’s the first time I’ve seen him on the list.

  • Hillbilly

    Gabriel’s favorite morning show is kicking CBS’s a$$! :grin: OK in five cities, but it still counts.

  • Jo

    They are all so predictable,why bother. Fox,Obama hate fest, MSNBC, love fest,forget it.

  • Hillbilly

    Gabriel – Chris was on fire last night. It became a rout way before Final Jeopardy. The other lady was a pretty blonde from BBC America.


    She is pretty. If she didn’t have an accent FNC would hire her. ;)

    Chuck Todd won Jeopardy, Clarence Page was 2nd & another guy i didn’t know was last. Only name i recognize for Friday’s show is Anderson Cooper.

  • Hillbilly

    Bill O’s 8pm P2+ viewers still beating all of CNN’s on the list. :???:

    Did any watch Bill O when he did the story on the woman he got 20 years for firing a warning shot at her hubby? The article i read online was short on details.

  • Hillbilly


    You back from your trip? No need to hide just yet. The Five ain’t gonna hit 2 million viewers until September.

  • Hillbilly

    Keep them ornery Brit’s away from the French. They might play footsie. :lol:

    G8 summit sleeping arrangements? That’s classified, White House says

    Still, not all of the bungalows at the secluded presidential retreat are the same size. So with a group of status-conscious politicians, who’s sleeping where?

    “The allocation system, of course, is classified. I really can’t go into that,” Donilon told reporters at a briefing on the eve of the summit.

  • Brad C

    Everyday I look at the cable news ratings and see post blasting CNN, MSNBC on ratings. The reason FOX has higher ratings is because normal individuals watch CNN,MSNBC,HLN,CNBC. When this happens the numbers break between different cable news networks. Only one network for the crazies to watch. FOX… Also D.D the reason why postal employees are being laid off is because of rep making a company pay retirement packages for all employees in a 10 year period. What other companies do that???????????????????????????????????????

  • Coffee Steve

    Good Morning Everyone

  • usnretirex2

    Good morning Coffee Steve and all the other bubbas


  • usnretirex2


    “I never meant to insinuate that you were arguing over it,”

    Never took it that way. I will always look to the positive long before the neg.

    I don’t care what Jeff said about you, I told him he was wrong.

    Had to throw a Jeff out there since I haven’t seen him for awhile.

  • Coffee Steve


    Hannity must have read my email to him, he didn’t mention the Obama born in Kenya story. Drudge didn’t though he still has that story up.

    “It’s The Economy Stupid”


  • Coffee Steve

    FBI Director Refuses to Say Whether 9/11 Mastermind KSM Is ‘Enemy Combatant’

    FBI Director Robert Mueller on Wednesday refused to tell a Senate committee whether confessed 9/11 terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) is an “enemy combatant.”

    The Bush administration designating a captured terrorists as “enemy combatants” so that they could be detained in a military prison and tried by a military commission or tribunal rather than detained in a civilian prison and tried in civilian courts.


  • Ratboy

    Goood Morning!!
    Board or Realtors meeting this morning so I shall return!

  • d.d.

    Good Morning, Crew.

    Obama campaign to launch voting rights portal

    The Obama Administration doesn’t like the states new voter I.D. laws.

    The online tool — which will be live shortly — gives voters detailed state-by-state information on how and when to register. It also collects phone numbers and email addresses, offering to remind potential voters when to register. It also seeks volunteer attorneys to become “victory counsels” to help “voter protection efforts” across the country. It also has a Tumblr where voters can ask process questions

    It’s part of the stated Obama campaign philosophy of winning the campaign with ground-level organizing, rather than over the airwaves.


    Democrats look to California in bid to retake House

    With 25 seats separating them from the speaker’s gavel, Democrats have settled on a blueprint targeting nearly a dozen seats across the Golden State — a yawning figure that highlights the emphasis party officials have placed there


    Obama’s Grade: D Plus
    Wash. Ex.

    Column: President haunted by record of broken promises and inflated expectations

    One arrives at such a low mark only after a thorough—and scientific—examination of the president’s record of broken promises and unfulfilled expectations.

    Read why @ the Washington Examiner


    GM’s Bailout Bucks

    Automaker gave seven figures to Dem lobbyists after bailout

    GM teamed with Navigators Global and the Podesta Group beginning in 2010 and soon arranged six-figure contracts with lobbying teams headed by Democratic bundlers Vin Roberti and Tony Podesta. Each earned top nods from GQ’s Monthly Power List soon after inking the GM contracts.

  • lbsles

    obumbles lie? I’m so, so shocked.

    “The White House defended the practice of appending presidential biographies by saying it is common Web practice to provide links to ease navigation and increase traffic. What we have here is an Orwellian rewriting of history akin to the fictional Winston Smith doing it on a daily basis for the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s novel “1984.”

    “Inserted into the official bio of the late President Ronald Reagan was this lie: “In a June 28, 1985, speech, Reagan called for a fairer tax code, one where a multimillionaire did not have a lower tax rate than his secretary. Today, President Obama is calling for the same with the Buffett Rule.”


  • lbsles

    Late Good Morning to one and all.

  • lbsles

    When will Al, Jesse and Obama apologize for making this a racial issue? From ABC News: Two police reports written the night that George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin said that Zimmerman had a bloody face and nose, according to police reports made public today. The reports also note that two witness accounts appear to back up Zimmerman.

  • Coffee Steve

    examination of the president’s record of broken promises and unfulfilled expectations.

    The only person that has flipped flopped more than Romney is in the White House LOL…

    I been watching all those ad’s, and playing them in Obama’s own words is very telling.

    By the way remember the “Premiums won’t go up” and the “You can keep the coverage you have stuff”?

    WE got notice ours is going to double next year “IF” and only “IF” the hospital keeps providing it, they are considering dropping coverage and paying the “There won’t be a fine” FINE leaving the employees to be put in the Government Pool. In Kentucky we have a word for someone that feeds BS and the total opposite happens, but I’ll be polite in here.

  • Coffee Steve

    Well I’m out of here until next week, going back to the Lake until the election Tuesday here, so see you Monday night

    Have a GREAT weekend guys, and get out and enjoy yourselves this weekend, fantastic weather, enjoy your familes, and forget the news for awhile, go to a movie, go fishing, go bowling, golfing, and GET REFRESHED

    Later Gators


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