Cable News Ratings for Friday, May 18, 2012

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May 21st, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for May 18, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,105            263            482
CNN         268             78            119
MSNBC         383            113            150
CNBC         199             62            117
FBN           56             17             30
HLN         192             86            114
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,033            362            752
CNN         455            113            193
MSNBC         572            157            239
CNBC         206             92            155
FBN           29             19             21
HLN         301            125            163
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,102            273            498
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         166             77            104
MSNBC Morning Joe         403            149            191
CNBC Squawk Box         148             55             99
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         238            136            170
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,320            309            598
CNN SITUATION ROOM         454            141            200
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         643            105            210
CNBC MONEY IN MOTION         180             35             84
CNBC OPTIONS ACTION         200             56            111
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT           97             30             49
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,486            327            631
CNN JOHN KING USA         367            106            122
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         686            142            263
CNBC MAD MONEY         176             47             91
HLN PRIME NEWS         182             91             82
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,309            270            526
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         269             69             98
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         636            139            286
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         184             27             56
HLN TRADING THE GLOBE         157             14             35
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,500            371            787
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         336             89            124
MSNBC ED SHOW         698            135            292
CNBC THE APPRENTICE         183             75            139
HLN HLN LOCAL EDITION         300            134            183
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY SPECIAL       2,088            400            851
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         577            137            248
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW         744            200            303
CNBC THE APPRENTICE         242            115            185
HLN HLN LOCAL EDITION         246            110            129
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD SPCL       1,486            316            618
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         453            113            207
MSNBC MSNBC INVESTIGATES         270            135            121
CNBC APOCALYPSE 2012         192             86            141
HLN NANCY GRACE         242            103            151
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,121            335            609
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         221             60            113
MSNBC MSNBC INVESTIGATES         413            251            164
CNBC MAD MONEY           93             53             80
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         193             78            110


For other days cable news ratings click here.
Note: We post all the cable news ratings we get.

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.

  • Coffee Steve


    I have my mailbox booby trapped, if someone opens it I have this barking dog sound that scares the beejeebers out of people, problem is I haven’t got any mail for months now :lol:

  • Joan

    LOL at Ratboy

  • Ratboy

    Mark Zuckerberg lost 2 BILLION YEP BILLION dollars today! I bet his new wife feels betrayed!!!!! :shock:

  • Coffee Steve

    Mark Zuckerberg lost 2 BILLION YEP BILLION dollars today! I bet his new wife feels betrayed!!!!!

    Ahhh..what’s a couple of Billion when you have 20 Billion? That’s pocket change to you man :-)

  • Coffee Steve

    Columnist: Hillary Clinton will be veep candidate

    Washington Times columnist Joe Curl predicted Monday that President Barack Obama will replace Vice President Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton as his vice-presidential running mate in November.

    “The Great One, Sir Barack Hussein Obama, will replace the bumbling, buffoonish Mr. Biden with Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, maybe at the Democratic convention, maybe just before, in a last-ditch effort to win re-election,” Curl wrote.

    Obama has a likely hold on 252 of the 270 electoral votes he needs to win. Mitt Romney has a likely 266. Obama, Curl writes, needs a game-changer: Enter Hillary Clinton, to attract female voters.

    One state Democratic leader even tells me the bumper stickers are already printed,” he wrote, “sitting in a warehouse in (where else?) Little Rock, Ark.”

    Washington Times

  • 1nancy2

    I read that Joe B. has always wanted to be Sec. of State: I bet Hillary and Joe flip their jobs. That would set Hillary up for a run in ’16. You never know, the idea is not that outlandish.

  • Coffee Steve


    I agree it is not that outlandish, But this writer has been known to pop some dozies before, But if come convention time and Pres. Obama looks like he is in trouble, it could happen.

  • Coffee Steve


    A HUGE Lightning Bolt just hit one of the trees in my back yard, I think I wet myself :mrgreen:

  • Dana

    So funny to see Chris Mathews freaking about mayor booker being a traitor to Obama…and all the little mathew liberals crying in their beer that booker ruined the Obama storyline…finally, one democrat broke ranks to tell the truth as he sees it…

  • Hillbilly

    The guy who made kids fat & lazy has died.

  • Hillbilly

    All of CNN’s P2+ Viewers beat Bill O’s 8pm P2+ viewers by 343,000. Press release to follow soon. ;) The Five has been low for a couple days now. I say Applestinx hacked into Nielsen & sabotaged the numbers. :mad:

    The Situation Room beat Chris Mathews at 5pm in the demo. Two press releases in one day? I’m trying to help CNN the best i can. :)

  • Hillbilly

    Returning his money soon? I doubt it. :???:

    President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign on Monday repudiated comic Bill Maher’s description of Mitt Romney’s religion, Mormonism, as a “cult.”


    (Reuters) – A New Jersey woman said on Monday that she was dismissed from a temporary job at a New York lingerie warehouse because her male employers felt she was too busty and dressed too provocatively for the workplace.

    See her here.


    A man survived a plunge of at least 180 feet over Niagara Falls in an apparent suicide attempt Monday — only the third person known to have lived after going over the falls without a safety device.


    I heard Nobama is the high bidder so far. ;)

    Online bids are racking up for what appears to be the remains of a vial of blood from former president Ronald Reagan after a failed assassination attempt.

    At last check, the vial was fetching $9,925.00. Bids will be taken until Thursday.

  • Hillbilly

    Daughter ‘Begged’ for Spanking Instead of Mom’s Embarrassing Web Photo

    See photo here.


    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced 12 Christians to life in prison and acquitted eight Muslims on Monday in a case set off by religious tensions in the country’s south.


    I don’t think Mitch likes Willard. His endorsement was tepid for sure.

    Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels delivered his most forceful rejection of the vice presidential post yet, saying he would “disconnect the phone” if he found out that Romney was considering him for the job.

  • Hillbilly

    He should of declined to answer the question, or said this is not the time & place to talk about the politics of the upcoming election. Sign of a desperate person if ya ask me.

    President Obama, leveraging the stage Monday of a NATO summit in Chicago, defended his campaign critique of Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital — accusing his likely Republican rival of “missing what this job is about” by touting his experience at the private equity firm.


    RCP has Nobama at 49 approval.


    GAHANNA, Ohio – An Ohio man was ordered held on $750,000 bond Monday after confessing that he shot and killed his wife of 34 years when she refused to get out of bed to buy a car with him.


    The Spurs meet the Thunder in the Western conference finals. That should be a barn burner.

  • Hillbilly

    I leave you with this priceless bit of info. :grin:

    See Maxim’s top 100 hottest women here. They let the readers readers choose. I guess that explains 69. :roll:

  • lbsles

    Morning all.

    Does anyone here doubt this headline after listening to obumbles speak ?

    “House GOP Speaks at Higher Level than obumbles”

    “The Washington Free Beacon assessed dozens of Obama speeches from different stages of his career using the Flesch-Kincaid method and found that the pattern of simple speeches did not start with his reelection campaign.

    Since taking office, Obama has routinely spoken to the American people in a more simplistic manner than his predecessor, George W. Bush.

    Obama’s State of the Union addresses peaked at a 10th grade level in 2009 and declined to an eighth-grade level by 2012. Bush, on the other hand, scored consistently above the 10th grade level with his State of the Union addresses, including a high of 11.84 for his 2005 address.

    Bush’s appeal for his signature tax cuts was delivered at a higher level of complexity than Obama’s argument for their repeal.”

  • usnretirex2

    Good Morning lbsles and all the rest of the bubbas

    Thank God it is Friday

    Oops, it is Friday’s Post not Friday, Friday. :twisted:


  • lbsles

    The next time you have nothing better to do, listen to obumbles speak, without a teleprompter, and count the silly pauses, the “uh” and the word “and”. He just cannot carry a thought longer than five words.

  • lbsles
  • lbsles
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