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.

  • King Kong

    I wonder why msnbc ia not canceled along with cnn with there poor ratings and NO improvement in them for years

  • JT

    What ,did a lot of people forget to turn the channel after watching the Madcow hour?Larry the commie at 327 in key demo.A Drunk,a Mush mouth,Sgt ( I know nothing ) Schultz,A Madcow and a card carrying Commie. Got to give it to Mslsd they know how to keep the laughs coming.

  • Jeff

    @JT & King Kong

    Yes! bill O the clown, Hannity the skank, The Five Idiots, Fox & Fools, news corpse…..hahaha…Need I go on?
    Folks on the other side have their names as well. Does not really add anything by name calling except for a$$holes like MWA… But that’s my kinder gentle side talking.


    News Corp is goin to loose it’s license to broadcast in the UK and I am since Fox is guilty of the same illegal activities and worse, it will be off the air eventually.

    Or I can continue to pray!

    Too many Americans are filled with hate and misinformation.

  • Hillbilly

    UN: EU violates Aarhus Convention
    I doubt the U.S. belongs to this convention. If we do we will be kicked out of UN Convention on Human and Environmental Rights. I wish the UN would kick its self out of the U.S. :lol: If i understand the whole deal some guy in Ireland is causing all of this.

    A process will now be started to ensure that the Committee’s recommendations are addressed; if ultimately they are not, then UNECE has the option of requiring the EU to withdraw from the UN Convention on Human and Environmental Rights.”


    Blind dissident Chen Guangcheng and his immediate family have left China on a flight to the United States. They are expected to arrive in Newark, N.J., Saturday evening.


    Jenny McCarthy decided to pose for Playboy before her 40th birthday and will be in the adult magazine’s July ’12 issue. :cool:

  • Hillbilly

    Cut cap gains revenue goes up, raise it revenue goes down. So he wants to raise it just to be fair. So how is less revenue fair to ALL tax payers? Less revenue means less money to help the poor.

  • Hillbilly

    Posted May 19, 2012 at 4:39 AM

    Andrew, Where have you been all of my life? I’m really starting to enjoy the newbies posting here.


    I can understand why. Andrew’s facts are wrong. (Romney’s grandfather had multiple wifes) Maybe his opinions count as facts. Like yours. :lol:

  • Hillbilly

    Willard is not lying. He’s just spinning things to his advantage. Just like every politician does. You know like when 200,000 drop out of the work force & unemployment goes down. Nobama says unemployment ticked down. Does the MSM or the liberals call him a liar? Does he (Willard) leave out other facts? Yes! Just like Nobama leaves out the number of folks dropping out of the work force when saying unemployment went down.

    He’s absolutely right. In the last 26 months, U.S. payrolls have shrunk by 740,000 jobs and of those, 683,000 belonged to women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Romney’s “92 percent” claim is based on statistics provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which show that from January 2009 and March 2012, men lost 57,000 jobs while women lost 683,000 jobs.

    Even politifact says its mostly false. The reason its not pants on fire false is Willard has some truth in his claim.

  • Hillbilly


    Your boy is in trouble.

    UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones arrested for DUI

  • Hillbilly

    I thought Dodd-Frank took care of this. Now we need another 2,000 page law. :roll:

    President Barack Obama says the big trading loss at JPMorgan Chase shows the need for Congress to put more teeth into Wall Street reforms intended to prevent the practices that led to the 2008 financial meltdown.


    The NAACP announced Saturday the 103-year-old black civil rights group is supporting same-sex marriage.


    Law could be used to seize musicians’ guitars, may need ‘fix,’ senator says

    “I don’t want the musicians from Nashville who are flying to Canada to perform this summer to worry about the government seizing their guitars,” Alexander, R-Tenn., said Friday in a statement released by his office.


    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg marries sweetheart, changes status to ‘married’


    The video is on youtube.

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Police have charged two Kentucky high school students with video voyeurism after they say one of them held a cellphone under a teacher’s dress, made a video and posted it online.

  • 1nancy2

    “Too many Americans are filled with hate and misinformation.” I concur with you regarding the two people (?) you chose to ‘gently’ remind that maybe, just maybe they should be taking their, “I am a happy, kind and compassionate person pill”. Do you hink they’ll listen to you, Jeff?

  • Faith3

    Good morning all!

    Why don’t we improve the health of the financial sector stability and the functioning of the market with a proposal (if all G20 countries adopt will not allow financial fleeing)? Is it because one of the most powerful countries (hint: the US) refuses to join? Things that make you go hmmmmm. Why would Timothy Geither refuse? Not only would this transaction create massive money toward debt but stop wild speculation from flash traders and starve off market bubbles that hurt real investors and the entire economy. Is this about democracy or protecting Oligopolies? I think most aware people know this answer.

  • Sunshine

    Does anyone remember what Chis Mathews said about Sarah Palin going on jeopardy? About what an idiot she is and how going on jeopardy would showcase it?
    I hope someone reminds the buffoon.

  • UpAndOver

    Want to end partisan politics?

    Bring ‘every’ bill as presented to a vote in the House and Senate….

    See how your ‘person’ votes….

  • Gabriel

    Posted May 19, 2012 at 8:09 PM
    Cut cap gains revenue goes up, raise it revenue goes down.


    This is too vague. Luckily we’ve had only the one real example, the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

    The Tax Reform Act of ’86, passed by a Republican Senate and a Democratic House, offers a precedent.
    The evidence shows that the elimination of the capital gains exclusion in the 1986 Act did not significantly reduce sales of assets.
    They wrote the law with a prospective effective date (January 1, 1987), so that taxpayers who had contemplated selling an asset using the prior law preference could do so.
    Revenues from capital gains realized in 1986 were fully double the level of 1985 – the largest increase on record by a factor of two. But that was fully expected and intended to be a one-time phenomenon.
    The open question was what would happen to capital gains tax revenues in 1987, given that many of the gains that were realized in 1986 likely were accelerated from 1987 (and later years) to take advantage of the “fire sale” on the expiring exclusion.
    Surprising to some, tax receipts on capital gains were higher in 1987 than they were in 1985, the last “normal” year – i.e., without the influence of the transition to taxation of gains as ordinary income – under the prior law. This was true both in dollars and – even more significantly – as a percentage of GDP. In fact, in 1987, tax revenues from capital gains hit the largest percentage in recorded history, discounting the “fire sale” year of 1986 – and then were superseded immediately by a new record tax revenue year in 1988. This result was remarkable, especially in light of the likely acceleration of the realization of significant amounts of gains from 1987 and 1988 forward to 1986 because of the temporary tax advantage to do so.

    I’m willing to assume a backseat to evidence. Show me where cap gains tax cuts are raising enough revenue to pay for themselves, ie. to compensate for the lost revenue that they would otherwise have been generated.

  • Gabriel

    ^that they would otherwise have been generated

  • Gabriel

    Posted May 19, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Your boy is in trouble.

    UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones arrested for DUI


    And he was bailed out by mommy. Dan Henderson has even more motivation now. Nobody wants to get beat by a mommy’s boy.

  • Jeff

    Highly doubt it 1nancy2,

    Not when Fox Limbaugh Beck still have a gullible audience. I am just happy that this President will give it right back to em even harder. In his second term he will have a great opportunity to really slam the GOP with the correct agenda to continue to improve the economy. The GOP always screw up our economy and our standing in the world. These are FACTS, records to not lie. The deception and agenda of the right wing is about wars, corps, government in our bedrooms and private parts, keeping citizens dumb an scared and divided. We can’t afford a Republican Presidency not a House and Senate.

    Romney’s grandfather and great grandfather had many wives…. That too is a fact. You won’t hear it on Fox, so that doesn’t make it not true.

  • Jeff

    Fox Drums Up Misplaced Outrage Over Possible Presidential Apology To Pakistan


  • Jeff

    Right-Wing Media’s Latest Embarrassment: Obama Lied About Birthplace To Get Ahead


  • Jeff

    James O’Keefe Produces Another Embarrassing Flop

    The Borat of right-wing pseudo-journalism has just released the latest in his attempts to so thoroughly discredit himself that his mother would be ashamed to take his calls. James O’Keefe, a convicted criminal, has been trying to prove that voter fraud in America is at crisis proportions. But the only thing he has succeeded in proving is that he himself is a recidivist perpetrator of attempted fraud that ultimately fails. And he has never rebutted the studies that show that voter fraud is almost non-existent in this country.

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