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.

  • Joan

    @ Stelli
    Very true but I must say the possibility is not that far fetched lol

    @ TacoKim
    True and many many more record it, it’s really a funny show!

  • Jeff

    Glad who can play a tv show game better demostrates intelligence for ya Betty….Derrrr!

    I do like Chris Wallace(good genes) just needs to leave Fox News and become legit.

    Sorry righties! Hannity is so dumb….does he really want to open a church debate with a Mormon as his presumptive nominee??? The Christian Evangelicals would run when they stop focusing on skin color and hear more about the cult teachings of the Latter Day folks. Mormons a majority are good people, I have no doubt!! But the Evangelicals are haters first, Christians second, tell Hannity to shut the hell up. Catholics see them as a cult and do not acknowledge their faith as a Christian Religion, but Cathloics cherry pick their stances too, let’s ban and attack Democrats for Choice, but not say a peep for Republicans supporting the death penalty, or the Iraq war, or attacks on the poor.

    Okay there’s my rant….Sorry for any offense…… Hope you all have a great weekend planned!! Nothing big going on out here, other than the beautiful weather.

  • Jeff


    You have no taste obviously, I’d say far worse for your demostraion of crapping in here with that not so eloquent post, but I try my best to take the high road, because there are a lot of good people in here that deserve better things to read……..

    Like my Media Matters posts for example. :lol:

    Joan is not too bright, for finding it illuminating.

  • Jeff


    This link is a speech given by Venture Capitalist Billionare Nick Hanauer, check it out let me know what ya think?

    Certainly contradicts the GOP propaganda. Very enjoyable and enlightening regardless of your party affiliation.

  • DB

    If you didn’t say Glenn Beck or employees said it then why bring it up if it was just some random blogger. That means nothing. This is a perfect example of you insinuating something but then when called out on it you run away from your post. What was the point of your post? You started out stating you went to Glen Beck’s website and found something crazy– so you weren’t insinuating that Glenn thought the grandmother story was true? This crap is so typical of you.

  • Jeff

    Poor Arizona, Kyl, McCain, Brewer, Arpaio….. Now this clown.

    Oh he want to be Gov in 2016 too, poor Arizona!!

    AZ secretary of state: ‘I am not a birther’
    Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett
    PHOENIX (CBS5) – The Arizona Secretary of State, accused of being a “birther,” said he asked for verification of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate because a constituent had requested it.
    Bennett has suggested he may keep President Obama off the November ballot in Arizona if he doesn’t receive additional verification of the President’s birth certificate from Hawaii.
    AZ Secretary of State Ken Bennett released the following statement on Friday regarding Obama’s birth certificate.
    First, I have been on the record since 2009 that I believe the president was born in Hawaii. I am not a birther. At the request of a constituent, I asked the state of Hawaii for a verification in lieu of certified copy. We’re merely asking them to officially confirm they have the president’s birth certificate in their possession and are awaiting their response.
    Bennett has endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and serves as his Arizona campaign co-chair.
    On Friday, when Gov. Jan Brewer was asked about the president’s birth certificate, she had the following to say.
    I don’t know the details about it but there’s been controversy regarding where he was born. I, in fact, believe that he was born in Hawaii, and I’ve had the opportunity to speak with the prior governor and she indicated to me with all due process and trustworthiness that indeed she’d seen the birth certificate, it was a valid birth certificate so that’s the story from where I know it.
    Meanwhile, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio created a group to investigate the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate.
    The Cold Case Posse comprises volunteers who are former police officers and lawyers, Arpaio said.
    In March, Arpaio claimed the investigation found that Obama’s birth certificate is not authentic.

    Oh GOD!! Poor Arizona!!

  • Ratboy

    @ suikostinger
    I never said Glenn Beck said it.

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

    You are right you never said Beck said it but I copied your post below so please explain where you came up with it!

    Posted May 18, 2012 at 10:57 AM
    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…..? Talk about lunatics.

  • DB

    Kyle, McCain, Brewer, Arpaio–I think they are all great, especially Arpaio. Just to let you know Jeff, your first sentence is just your opinion.

  • DB

    Waiting suiko–what was the purpose of your post– did it have a purpose?

  • Jimmy

    On tonight’s episode of Hannity, he has a panel dedicated to knowing the “real Obama.” What a joke. “Hey, let’s look at Obama’s time during high school and see how it shapes him today!” And yes, I think looking at Romney’s bullying during high school is dumb because people change over time.

  • Dreamer

    I have to say that I think you are one of the more level headed of the people that post. It is funny and sad that neither side can see their own.

  • Jeff

    Gov Kasich makes Gov. Ronmey >kringe< right after Romney says college grads can't find work. It's so terrible!!!

    The Gov of ohio steps on poor Mitt Romneys toes with his job info: 80,000 jobs needed!!


  • suikostinger


    I already posted the link like 2 times


    It’s in the comments, obviously. Under most popular. Has 27 likes, then a responder to that person that agrees with him has another 26 likes.


    This is a perfect example of you insinuating something but then when called out on it you run away from your post.

    Never insinuated that he said anything. You, yet again, need to learn to read. Even Ratboy understands my sentence, yet you seem to not be able to comprehend ANYTHING. My point? I was just stating how crazy some of his followers are. You know, pretty much like how people in here do EVERYDAY ALL DAY? You don’t seem to have a problem with that Mr. DB. You also do realize I’m ignoring you (for the most part) right because of how immature you act. This is almost as worse as you being unable to comprehend my cousin marriage in NC sentence.

    It was also to show you how dumb it is to attack ALL listeners/followers of a particular person just because of what some people have said. Fox News IN FACT has done this on their channel. Which is hilarious in itself. Which is done in here ALL the time to MSNBC watchers. All you have to do is go to the first page and look at what B said, yet somehow, hardly no one on here attacks him/her for saying such things. This is done in here everyday. I find it amusing how hypocritical it is. Quiet funny actually. I sometimes just browse this place at work when I have some down time to get a little comedy in.

    OK I’m done. You people can go back to your hate filled MSNBC bashing, Fox News is the Saint channel that never lies, left winged hating conversations. I’ll go back to watching The Thing with my friends!

  • MWA

    If it wasn’t for Media Matters you wouldn’t have anything to post ,all you do is take snippets from Media Matters and post them . Jeff you’re trying to make yourself out to be a intellect but you’re still a childish clown.You may have some people on here buffaloed with your kindlier,gentle and new adorable personality but you’re still a joke.@ JOAN, Jeff’s not to bright and is still a a$$ and that’s a fact!

  • Jeff

    Wow DB, Arpaio??? For real?

    Yes! My strong opinion, he is horrible and needs to be removed and imprisoned.

    Most Neo-cons won’t even touch him with a 10,000 mile pole, and for good reason.

    Hope u have a good evening and peaceful weekend! :)


    Note: yes I’m being very passive aggressive, love,hate, love, hate…. Lol! It’s just cause I care and want you to see the light :)

  • Jeff

    @MWA :(

    Glad I added something to your fine day.

    Now how do you really feel???


    Fox News Finds Another Poll To Distort — Its Own

  • JBN

    Would it kill the CNNs just to have some kind of balanced news coverage instead of raw raw Obama all the time? It’s gross.

    MSNBC is beyond hope. All we can hope for is their further demise, who is left to be fired on that network, the lesbo?

  • Jeff

    @JBN you mean Greta???…anyways, whether its Van Sustren, Cooper or Maddow…. DO You really care who they sleep with?
    I don’t!

    H8 really sux ppl!

  • Dreamer
  • andrew

    Fox News ratings are purely hyped, I cant believe they even call that a news channel, They should rename it, “RCNC News” (The Republican Communications News Channel) for right winged bigoted, racist, weak minded idiots who are susceptible to being brain washed into believing anything they report are actual facts.

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