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.

  • lbsles

    Democrats Face Steep Hill to Retake House
    Monday, 21 May 2012 11:37 AM

    Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have talked loudly about regaining control of the House in November. But electoral math indicates that’s going to be a very tough task.

    Read more on Newsmax.com: Democrats Face Steep Hill to Retake House
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  • lbsles
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  • lbsles

    A day in the life of liar-in-chief.

    Before 9 a.m., a group of lobbyists began showing up at the White House security gates with the chief executives of their companies, all of whom serve on President Obama’s jobs council, to be checked in for a roundtable with the president.

    At 1 p.m., a dozen representatives from the meat industry arrived for a briefing in the New Executive Office Building. At 3 p.m., a handful of lobbyists were lining up for a ceremony honoring the 2011 World Series champions, the St. Louis Cardinals.


  • lbsles

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Temple Israel Destroy 70 Year Family Relationship


  • lbsles

    Rasmussen poll of Nebraska Senate race: Republican state Sen. Deb Fischer 56%, former Democratic Nebraska Gov. Bob Kerrey 38%.

  • Coffee Steve

    expansive intelligence

    LOL..I have a ballon for a brain when It swells I get alitle smart but more times than not it pops :lol:

    I have to agree with USN though girl, Condi is my favorite to get the VP nod as well. She has the experience and knowledge on how to deal with that office and the one she ran. But if you throw your hat in the ring, you get my vote :-)


    Hope you weekend went well too Jeff. I love going to our cabin at Rough River lake, I honestly forget all politics, don’t care what the news is, and I just forget everything there, I sit back when my Daughter is fishing and just watching her and just enjoy life to its fullest knowing she is enjoying it too.

    My favorite thing is lighting up the campfire at night, nice cool wind blowing and looking up at the sky and look at its amazing slendor.

    No light interfers with the sky there and you can see stars that you never get to see near a city.

    And Get that new Coffee Pot my man, can’t live without it.

  • d.d.

    Dinner party tonight, but, I’m back & mail up & running A-OK.


    You guys have been talking about this.

    @Jeff – Romney’s grandfather and great grandfather had many wives…. That too is a fact.

    Romney’s great-grandfather was a polygamist, just like Obama’s dad

    Yada, yada…………………. who cares about either

    Washington Post:

    The line of polygamists in Obama’s family can be traced back generations in western Kenya, where it was an accepted practice within the Luo (pronounced LOO-oh) tribe. His great-grandfather, Obama Opiyo, had five wives, including two who were sisters. His grandfather, Hussein Onyango, had at least four wives, one of whom, Akumu, gave birth to the president’s father, Barack Obama, before fleeing her abusive husband. Obama Sr. was already married when he left Kenya to study at the University of Hawaii, where he married again. His American wife-to-be, Stanley Ann Dunham, was not yet 18 and unaware of his marital situation when she became pregnant with his namesake son in 1961.


    Hillary Clinton will be the 2012 veep candidate

    Wash. Times

    The wild and crazy move is all the talk outside the Beltway. One state Democratic leader even tells me the bumper stickers are already printed, sitting in a warehouse in (where else?) Little Rock, Ark. Another party bigwig says she is “99.9 percent sure” the increasingly desperate president planned the whole thing from the beginning.

  • Jeff

    Coffee, your weekend experience sounds amazing. I remember camping near Lake Michigan many July 4th’s and absolutely love the camp fire & good company. I loved the night skies, I will say that it does not compare to the desert night sky however due to the crystal clear atmosphere and bright moon and stars.
    Glad you and your family had a amazing weekend!


    Politico: Rush Limbaugh Takes “Significant Ratings Hit” In Key Radio Markets

    Rush Limbaugh took a significant ratings hit in some key radio markets last month in the wake of the Sandra Fluke controversy.

    The conservative radio host’s ratings fell 27 percent in the key 25-54 demo in New York City, 31 percent in Houston-Galveston, 40 percent in Seattle-Tacoma, and 35 percent in Jacksonville, according to a selection of the March 29-April 25 Arbitron ratings provided by an industry source.

    Limbaugh’s detractors attribute the losses to a rejection of the show following his controversial comments about the Georgetown law student.

    “Clearly Sandra Fluke isn’t the only one who didn’t like Rush calling her a ‘slut’ given how many viewers that comment incinerated,” one radio insider said.

    But defenders say that what looks like a decline actually represents a leveling out following increased attention from the controversy. In late March, Limbaugh boasted that his ratings had increased by as much as 60 percent in the month since he had called Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” on air.


    A spokesperson for Limbaugh declined to comment.

  • d.d.

    Gabriel ,

    Your wish is my command of leftist loons. Free thought blogs will not pass the filter. Start there .

    Romney Leading Mormon Takeover of America!

    * If Romney is elected, will the government issue everyone their magic underwear or will we just get a tax credit?

    * Guess who’s going to get the blame if something crazy happens and the Mormon church manages to take over the US.

    * Wow, it sounds like the Mormons want to setup a Mormon cal*phate

    to warn American that the Mormons want to overthrow our Constitution and impose their religious laws on us.

    Don’t laugh. This is true. It’s standard Mormon doctrine.


    Mother Jones

    If you think that self serving liar of a cultist is “a lesser evil” than Oh Bummer you are out of your tiny mind.

    Are you a typical Repuke or Teab*gger …….

    These people will vote against themselves and will vote in more of these teapartier tal*ban GOP’s

    “The disturbing footage depicts piglets being drop kicked and swung by their hind legs. Sows are seen being kicked and shoved as they resist leaving their piglets.”

    If the GOP talib*n/cold hearted monsters are allowed their way ………..

    Muss*lini is smiling from that hot zone way down there.


    Read any of the comments from the Wonkette blog. Pick & choose your poison.



    Then mosey on over to Crooks & Liars

    I guess Romney must be adhering to the Mormon version of the commandments such as– thou shalt lie through your a$s, but make sure you have magic underwear on when you do.

    It’s not the lies that originate from your a$s that make you unclean, it is the lack of magic underwear to filter the uncleanliness.

  • usnretirex2


    That would be the one.

    They all do stupid stuff to include current SEC State. I know she could get the job done. I have seen her cross the party lines and taken grief from her own, and I feel she could move up if the heart beat thing happened. Can you say the same for the current VP? I cannot. The top spot cannot speak before they think. That has gotten the current Top spot in hot water the couple of times he has done it. With Joe it would be weekly if not daily.

    Shooting from the hip is what you need in combat, but the generals do not go into combat, they stay behind to insure all works well and plan for the event if they do not.

  • Ratboy

    Just another Obama attack that wasnt thought out very well

    The Bain Mutiny: Romney Campaign Pimps Booker, Ford, Rattner Bain Ad Comments

    The fallout from President Obama’s attack on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital continued Monday morning, as the Romney campaign released a memo to reporters that featured critical comments from Newark Super-Mayor Cory Booker (since walked back), former Democratic Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., and former Obama administration car czar Steve Rattner

  • Ratboy

    It is the economy stupid BUT……………….

    Bozell, Hannity Address Media’s Double Standard on Presidential Drug Use

    “In 2008, in the primaries, there were 1,365 stories on Barack Obama” and of those, “not one single story” was devoted to President Barack Obama’s admitted youthful use of illicit drugs. By contrast, President Bush’s refusal to admit either way on youthful drug use in the 2000 campaign was met with non-stop media scrutiny

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/nb-staff/2012/05/21/bozell-hannity-address-medias-double-standard-presidential-drug-use#ixzz1vWkpNkky

  • Mark


    “In 2008, in the primaries, there were 1,365 stories on Barack Obama” and of those, “not one single story” was devoted to President Barack Obama’s admitted youthful use of illicit drugs. By contrast, President Bush’s refusal to admit either way on youthful drug use in the 2000 campaign was met with non-stop media scrutiny”

    So one admits it, end of story, the other one refuses to comment and it’s a story. I don’t really see how that is a double standard, Bush should just have admitted he used drugs

  • Coffee Steve

    Getting ready to vote in the primary Tuesday, even though Romney has it wrapped up they are expeting a higher than normal turnout Tuesday. I say that’s cool. I like it when the public gets out and votes.

    I may even walk to the school where I vote, it will be nice outside, and its only 2 miles from me. I just wish Kentucky would move the primary up so we could have more of a say while it’s still interesting.

    Then were off to Branson Missouri to catch some shows and some good food, so Ratboy will have to take care off all of you for a few days. I won;t be on much this summer as I plan on enjoying my retirement for everything it’s worth. :-)

  • Hillbilly

    This helps make my clumsy point. Cutting taxes of any kind can cause growth in revenue. Allot depends on the business cycle. The only constant we have is spending increases. Doesn’t matter if the cycle is up or down spending increases. Nobama’s newest talking point is – “I already signed 2 trillion in spending cuts. It’s time to increase taxes on the rich.” I say how many of those cuts have been implemented? Next to 0! Their all in the out years & can be stopped by congress before they happen. Any tax increase will happen way sooner than the spending cuts. Sorry for the long post.

    To be sure, there are often dramatic upward revenue swings right after the cap gains rate is cut. But that is in part because people can choose when to enter into the transactions that result in capital gains–and they’d be idiots not to hold off a few months if they know the tax rate is about to drop.

    Here’s some evidence you wanted.

    The historical evidence suggests that when the capital gains tax is reduced, locked-in capital is liberated and, at least temporarily, the revenues from the tax rise. For example, after the 1981 capital gains tax was cut from 28 to 20 percent, real (all figures in this section are 2004 dollars) federal capital gains tax revenues leapt from $29.4 billion in 1981 to $36.6 billion by 1983—a 24 percent increase. After the capital gains tax was cut in 1997, the receipts from capital gains taxes rose from $66.9 billion in 1996 to $114.7 billion by 1999, an increase of more than 71 percent. Preliminary data suggest that the capital gains tax cut of 2003 to a rate of 15 percent has also caused tax revenues to increase, at least in the first year (see Figure 1).

    Read more here.

    Conversely, total asset sales of taxable capital gains fell from $575 billion in 1986, the year before the capital gains rate was raised (from 20 back to 28 percent), to $246 billion in 1989. Investors were unwilling to sell stock and other taxable assets at the new higher tax rate.

    Reducing the capital gains tax rate appears also to lead to higher stock prices. The stock market boomed in the 1980s after the 1981 capital gains tax cut; it boomed to new heights in the late 1990s after the Clinton capital gains rate cut, and then again in 2003 after George W. Bush signed his capital gains tax cut into law.

    The big question is what do we want the spending baseline to be. Right now its around $3.2 trillion. We’re running a $trillion deficit. Something has to give. All these increases & decreases can be linked to the business cycle too. JMO

  • Hillbilly

    Gabriel – He’ll probably have to go on a few public speaking tours to advise young ppl about the dangers of drinking and driving. He already has Philippians 4:13 tattooed on his chest, so a convincing performance should be relatively easy to pull off, unlike Charles Barkley, the dyslexic.


    My boy Barkley is in trouble. He’s been ragging on San Antonio women & the city in general. Shaq & Kenny are telling folks not to mistake them for Barkley. :lol: I like him because he speaks his mind..even if it gets him in trouble.

  • Hillbilly


    You offered nothing new & no info saying Willard’s grandfather (notice no great or great, great before grandfather) had more than one wife at a time. That’s what was being questioned.

  • Hillbilly

    Coffee Steve – @HillbillyHold the fort on the Big Bang Theory, sometime later this year Scientist will put forth a new one, ya ready? Our Universe was formed in the middle of a Black Hole.


    I’m guessing the guessing will continue until the end of time. ;) I was told growing up the birds pooped me & the sun hatched me.

  • Coffee Steve

    The Washington Post has turned into a looney news publication. I will not post anything from them again. In fact I won’t even read anything from them or Politco again. I used to respect them somewhat, but not anymore. They no longer are professional in reporting, they simply feed the fire of stupidity.

    There I said and I feel better now, I like therapy :-)

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