Cable News Ratings for Thursday, May 17, 2012

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May 18th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Thursday, May 17 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,114            274            505
CNN         288             76            112
MSNBC         419            115            179
CNBC         151             40             74
FBN           51               9             24
HLN         203             76            120
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,995            429            834
CNN         468            147            205
MSNBC         825            241            365
CNBC         140             59             65
FBN           50             12             30
HLN         350            120            181
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,103            305            557
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         200             59             88
MSNBC Morning Joe         372            130            187
CNBC Squawk Box         111             33             68
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         270            119            165
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,213            255            468
CNN SITUATION ROOM         417             70            127
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         603             92            215
CNBC FAST MONEY         239             56             97
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT         175             50             89
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,551            296            582
CNN JOHN KING USA         275             45             90
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         632            115            251
CNBC MAD MONEY         238             48             99
HLN PRIME NEWS         175             50             79
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,584            345            664
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         327            115            157
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         648            111            280
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         237             53            114
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         250             94            153
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,713            571         1,112
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         431            122            168
MSNBC ED SHOW         802            164            339
CNBC FACEBOOK OBSESSION, THE         132             62             62
HLN NANCY GRACE         415            159            226
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       1,839            407            794
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         552            175            247
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW         774            232            339
CNBC M. ZUCKERBERG: INSIDE FB         138             61             67
HLN DR. DREW         345            124            152
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,411            309            592
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         421            143            201
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         899            327            416
CNBC 60 MINUTES ON CNBC         149             55             67
HLN NANCY GRACE         307             85            176
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,181            355            624
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         235             90            118
MSNBC ED SHOW         515            213            269
CNBC MAD MONEY           80             49             50
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         248             69            147

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.

  • Mark Lang

    Chris Matthews must be the biggest MSNBC idiot.A flap mouth fool who couldn’t beat a five year-old at Jeopardy.Where do they dig up this crud ??

  • Jimmy

    Woah, O’Donnell beat Greta in the 25-54 demo. Was Greta off yesterday?

  • b

    Have you ever heard the saying, “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while…” ???

    MSNBC is pure garbage- the Ratings confirm it, the advertisers believe it, and the people that watch it are either kids or LOSERS.

  • d.d.

    I don’t watch it , but, what happened to ‘The Five’?


    from the last room………..

    I was bored at work today so I decided to go to glennbeck dot com. Did you know that his followers actually think that Obama killed his grandmother so to shut her up about him being born in Kenya…..?

    I’m a member of GBTV & watched Beck on Fox. I’ve heard nothing of the sort. I’m sure you wouldn’t bring this up here if you hadn’t read it . As a Beck fan, do I appear as a loon to you ? If you are talking about someone on a blog , all blogs have crazies.

    How about making a concession to your bias, & watch Beck’s free hour on Obama.?


  • Tony

    O’Donnell crushes Greta. Not bad.

  • suikostinger



    First few comments. It’s there. Followers of Glenn Beck think that Obama actually flew there to kill his grandmother. I pointed this out because the people in here EVERYDAY, MULTIPLE times a day have called Matthews and his listeners idiots, losers, kids, etc etc. Yet these SAME people like Glenn Beck himself yet have nothing to say about him or HIS followers. Same goes for the MSNBC watchers that call out Fox News. You call out and attack FN watchers yet you are able to sit there and watch MSNBC with a straight face? That’s why I dislike both stations and attack BOTH because of the BS.

  • Mark Lang

    I’m watching the “Rev.” Al and cannot decide what language he is speaking ? Any help would be appreciated.

  • DB

    How many followers suiko? sounds like you are saying all of them. are you?

  • Joan

    @ b

    @ d. d.
    Because Bob is pi$$ing people off, I have many many acquaintances that stopped watching because Bob is off the wall!

    @ Tony
    Please hold your breath for the crushing roflmfao

  • DB

    Mark, he actually sounds smarter if you can’t understand him. Whatever he is saying I am sure it is about race. He is a one trick pony.

  • d.d.

    First few comments. It’s there. Followers of Glenn Beck think that Obama actually flew there to kill his grandmother
    * * *

    I rewatched that portion of the show & other videos but found no mention from Glenn Beck or his employees about this. I started reading the blog , but, didn’t like it much , so will take your word for your statement that biased Beck fan said it. I don’t happen to think it’s true , & , I doubt that many of Glenn’s members think it either.

    As far as MSNBC , you’ve never read a personal comment I’ve made about the Network. I don’t watch it , so , I can’t have an opinion.

  • betty

    Chirssy Mathews,”The Wide-Mouth Frog” humiliated himself on Jeopardy while Chris Wallace of FOX NEWS performed brilliantly on Jeopardy !

  • betty

    Mark, The Rev.Jesse Jackson taught The Rev.Al Sharpton how to speak English,should explain it for you.

  • UpAndOver

    @Tony, is 0.944% a ‘crushing’ number ?

  • UpAndOver

    Just asking……

    Who is more Weirder, the anchors on MSNBC or the people that watch MSNBC ?

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Tony: >>> O’Donnell crushes Greta. Not bad. <<<

    Come back when you have something substantial to report about Fox v. MSNBC.

    18,000 more people in the 25-54 demo is ***hardly*** crushing.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Mark Lang: >>> I’m watching the “Rev.” Al and cannot decide what language he is speaking ? <<<

    ROFLOL! Just put on the Closed Captioning IF the CC person could understand what Al's saying.

  • Stelli

    Beck NEVER said that Obama killed his grandmother. Dont believe the hype. If some idiot blogged it, that is not Beck saying it, so dont twist the facts. Beck never makes definite claims without evidence to back it up. Unlike MSNBC which has been wrong on their stories time and time again. That is why MSNBC is having financial problems. That is also why the New York Times is losing money. They are liberal rag reporters who skew the facts.

  • suikostinger


    “I rewatched that portion of the show & other videos but found no mention from Glenn Beck or his employees about this.”

    Never said GB or his employees said it.


    “Beck NEVER said that Obama killed his grandmother.”

    I never said Glenn Beck said it.

    You people don’t know how to read………..

  • TacoKim

    Redeye with Greg Gutfeld ratings for April, 2012. Viewers per night (average) 466,000. Demo 25-64 214,000 per night. This show comes on at 3:00am ET and beats many primetime/daytime CNN/MSNBC shows. The really telling stat is the 25-64 demo.

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