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


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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.

  • lbsles

    “Liberals demand conformity to what they believe. They demand it! They are not tolerant of anything else.” -Rush

  • lbsles

    “This is undeniable truth number one in this scenario. Liberals cannot tell the truth about what they believe. They would never win elections, other than a few, maybe three or four places in this country. They would never win, and certainly not national elections.” -Rush

  • lbsles

    “Conservatism respects the individual — and, by definition, conservatism is what’s tolerant.” -Rush

  • lbsles

    Jim Cramer: Europe ready to crumble

    It’s the typical mainstream media pattern: Glenn Beck makes a prediction.

    Glenn is mocked by the media. Then Glenn’s prediction starts to come true – of course usually it’s too late. Over the weekend, former hedge fund manager and CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer said, “I’m predicting bank runs, Spain and Italy within the next few weeks. Without a coordinated policy, there is going to be financial anarchy in Europe and it is going to cause a slowdown worldwide, China and here.”

  • lbsles

    “If Obama were a Republican, the entire world would know every detail of his life. The media would be spending countless amounts of money going back however many years to find out whatever kind of dirt there was on Obama.” -Rush

  • Anybody But Obama

    How refreshing to see a democrat Corey Booker tell the truth for a change, only to get a tounge lashing from Obama telling him, hey Corey you are a democrat and democrats do not tell the truth. democrats can only win if we LIE. poor Corey is toast in the democratic party

  • Coffee Steve

    Good Morning One And All

    Election Day here today, I’m getting my game face on :-)

  • REM

    democrats throwing each other under the bus. It is so fun to watch

  • Coffee Steve

    Going to vote, keep the coffee warm


  • Ratboy

    Goood Morning!

    Going to see if I can find another home for a fine family moving into the area! Hey Coffee! Vote for me too!

  • Ratboy

    Sharpie trys to make EVERYTHING about racism!!! IDIOT!

    After Epic Battle, Michael Steele Refers To Cory Booker As ‘Boy’ — Al Sharpton Pauses, ‘Boy?’

  • Ratboy

    Now this guy is just scrambling and sounding like an idiot!! He said what he said and it was real clear! No manipulation needed! Then he got spanked real bad by the D party so now he is backtracking! I guess he doesnt have as big of big boy pants as he made it out to seem! :lol:

    On Maddow, Cory Booker Blasts GOP For ‘Manipulating’ And ‘Exploiting’ His Meet The Press Comments

  • Ratboy

    Tingles has really lost it and needs to go sit in his rocking chair and drool off camera for a change!

    Chris Matthews: Are All Catholic Bishops Republican?

    The University of Notre Dame along with dozens of other Catholic institutions sued the Obama administration Monday to block the mandate requiring employers to provide contraceptives to employees.

    In a discussion about this matter on MSNBC’s Hardball Monday, host Chris Matthews asked one of his guests, “Do you think they’re all Republican, the bishops?”
    CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Well, what’s the politics here between it seems to me the universities and the older Catholics, more conservative Catholics, and this administration and the younger people that go to these schools and a lot of them who work at these schools? What’s the real politics going on here, Sister?

    SISTER SIMONE CAMPBELL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NETWORK, A NATIONAL CATHOLIC SOCIAL JUSTICE LOBBY: I think that this is mostly related to the project that the bishops have coming out in June which they’re calling the Fortnight of Freedom. They want to raise up this idea that we in the United States are religiously persecuted. I quite frankly find that quite offensive because we have connections with people all over the world who are actually persecuted. And so the Catholic bishops saying that they are suffering under this persecution from this administration I think is more fueled politically, and is their effort to draw attention to what I understand is going to be quite a PR blitz that they’re paying for.

    MATTHEWS: Do you think they’re all Republican, the bishops?

    CAMPBELL: I don’t know if they’re all Republican, but it sure seems that they’re speaking from the, the playbook, sort of possibly as surrogates for the Republican Party, I don’t know. But they certainly are engaged in politics that seem much more aligned with the Right.

    Matthews as a Catholic Democrat was either being tremendously dishonest with this question or really is losing his bearings.

    Catholics in this country historically have been solidly Democratic, although this has waned in recent years.

    As EWTN News reported in February, a 2011 Pew study found 48 percent of Catholics surveyed said they were Democrat or Democrat-leaning compared to 43 percent claiming to be Republican or Republican-leaning.

    As such, it seems absurd to think all Catholic bishops are Republican.

    But that’s Matthews for you, always conjuring up a vast right-wing conspiracy to explain why folks have the nerve to disagree with the President that gives him a thrill up his leg.

  • Coffee Steve

    Good Morning

    Hey Coffee! Vote for me too!

    I would but I have to wait till I’m dead to do that :-)

    I have to pack, going to Branson MO for 4 days later tonight, then Gatlinburg TN and the GREATTTTTTTTTT Smoky Mountians a few days


  • Wesley

    As a conservative I do not enjoy watching Hannity because he does not allow the liberals to finish their statements. However, the difference between Sean and Bill is that Bill O wants to be liked and Sean could care less about being liked as long as you respect him for his work ethics and product. This is the way it is with any effective leader. Sean is not there yet because he tries too hard to convince people that he was not born with a silver spoon and he made it by hard work and sometimes dirty work growing up. This is true but he does not need to always try to out ghetto others.

  • Ratboy

    Well Chuck Todd has lost all credability as a journalist now too!! Do you think it is something in the water at MSNBC or do they pipe it in trough the vetilation system?? Either way it comes from that big can marked “On air Idiot”

    Chuck Todd Touts NBC Poll As ‘Gold Standard,’ ABC As ‘Silver Standard’

    Host Joe Scarborough then asked Todd whether he remembered a recent poll that had come out saying Mitt Romney was “up three percentage points among women,” and which number Scarborough himself had guessed.

    “But don’t forget, that’s ABC,” Todd said of the poll.

    “But wait a minute,” he added later. “You said it for the NBC /Wall Street Journal poll. […] You did say though — I’m just being accurate — that it was for the NBC / Wall Street Journal. We have the gold standard poll. We’re talking about the silver standard this morning, I understand that.”

    “Wow,” murmured the panelists.

    “Real poll trash talk,” added Scarborough.

  • d.d.

    Hi, everyone.

    Gabriel ,

    Your wish is my command of leftist loons blogs.

    Page 9…. Thursday , May 17


    Two nice interviews by CNN.

    Obama Campaign Spokesman Woefully Unprepared For Anderson Cooper


    * * *
    David Gergen surprised Obama attacking Bain

    Watch the video following “Obama Campaign Spokesman



    By 2-to-1 Americans are worse off under Obama

    Americans are nearly twice as likely to say they’ve gotten financially worse off as better off since Obama became president, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.

  • Coffee Steve

    Two nice interviews by CNN

    Theres alittle buzz out in media land that CNN will try and change their fortunes by a attack both sides from the middle format. I sure hope thats true. If they do it will catch on and gain them allot.

  • Gabriel

    Coffee Steve
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    Theres alittle buzz out in media land that CNN will try and change their fortunes by a attack both sides from the middle format. I sure hope thats true. If they do it will catch on and gain them allot.


    I would have believed you, if I hadn’t already read this.

  • dana

    Funny how the Morning Joe show libs were trying to reinterpret Bookers comments to prove he didnt really mean what he said…how do you misinterpret…”its nauseating what Obama is saying about Bain Capital”

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