Cable News Ratings for Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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May 23rd, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for May 22, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC    1,119        274         499
CNN      303         91         139
MSNBC      386        113         158
CNBC      160         40           91
FBN        64         12           26
HLN      178         72         102
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC    2,042        391         820
CNN      336        117         164
MSNBC      727        197         282
CNBC      124         58           70
FBN        44           9           13
HLN      241         74         134
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends    1,085        300         526
CNN Early Start/Starting Point      216         70         115
MSNBC Morning Joe      338        134         176
CNBC Squawk Box      178         51         110
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade      232        127         153
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE    1,517        311         582
CNN SITUATION ROOM      448         97         182
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS      586        108         215
CNBC FAST MONEY      152         27           97
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT      151         64           79
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER    1,601        303         616
CNN JOHN KING USA      332         68         124
MSNBC POLITICS NATION      557        147         231
CNBC MAD MONEY      163         37         122
HLN HLN LOCAL EDITION      190         59         105
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH    1,536        322         648
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      331        106         139
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS      608        152         221
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT      157         32           79
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL      210         76         115
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    2,790        496       1,028
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      328        102         157
MSNBC ED SHOW      681        177         279
CNBC WALT: MAN BEHIND THE MYTH      127         51           63
HLN HLN LOCAL EDITION      258        126         158
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY    1,903        377         816
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT      308        111         148
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW      866        255         335
CNBC WALT: MAN BEHIND THE MYTH      147         71           77
HLN DR. DREW      162         51           80
HLN HLN LOCAL EDITION      150         40           79
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA    1,416        299         608
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      372        138         188
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL      636        157         231
CNBC 60 MINUTES ON CNBC        98         53           69
HLN NANCY GRACE      250         60         151
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    1,178        334         617
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      312        140         180
MSNBC ED SHOW      425        151         178
CNBC MAD MONEY        93         52           69
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT      179         57           74

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.

  • Dave

    CNN and MSNBC – just terrible.

    To have Erin Burnett at 7pm almost top Anderson Cooper at 10pm is pathetic.

    And Al Sharpton below 600K viewers.

  • UpAndOver

    More people watch a Texas High School Football Game than watch MSNBC or CNN….

  • Mike

    The weather outside has been beautiful. Other than the older folks in the nursing homes who lost their remotes and keep it on FOX News, I’d think that people have better things to do than stay home and watching cable news.

  • Jeff

    Not So Breitbart: This Web Site Smells Worse Than Its Decomposing Founder

    At Breitbart News they are apparently beginning to feel the heat as they continually come up empty in their faux investigations. The site has become a parody of a right-wing disinformation center that produces more laughter than news. Consequently, they are steeping in the stench of desperation which only results ever more pathetic excuses for journalism. Yesterday they posted three standout hysterical failures that only prove what a bunch of losers Andrew left behind to sour his legacy.


    I always take a puse before posting such mean language. Then I reflect on lbles’s posts.

  • Jeff

    Dumb Question: Is The Tea Party Making Congress Dumber?
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    Posted by Mark on May 23, 2012 at 3:43 am.
    The Sunlight Foundation just released the results of a study that measures the scholastic grade level of speeches made by members of congress. The scale uses the Flesch-Kincaid test and is based on the length of words and sentences used. Among their findings are that…
    “Congress now speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did just seven years ago, with the most conservative members of Congress speaking on average at the lowest grade level.”
    The study further found that it is the “most extreme members” who speak at the lowest grade levels, as well as the most junior. A major turning point was the election of 2010 that saw the introduction of a wave of new Tea Party Republicans to congress. Of the 20 lowest scoring members, 17 were Republicans, and twelve of those are in their first term of office. You have to go down to the 15th place before you find a Democrat.


  • Jeff

    I know it’s only May, but this is going to be tough to beat:

    How anyone could take seriously the notion that Sarah Palin would provide any intellectual competition for President Obama is utterly unfathomable. This is the woman who thinks that a “gotcha” question is “What newspapers do you read?” This is the woman who thought that Africa was a country. This is the woman who thinks the vice-president is in charge of the Senate. And now Fox thinks that her nearly incoherent rambling on Sean Hannity’s program represents some sort of victory – and not just a victory, but a pulverization.
    Fox Nation is fond of overextending itself with puerile hyperbole, but this is so far removed from reality that the guys with butterfly nets must not be far behind. The subject of the discussion was Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s remarks criticizing Obama for attacking Mitt Romney on his business resume, and specifically on Bain Capital. Booker was wrong on the substance of his criticism and went completely out of bounds when he conflated the right-wing’s obsession over Jeremiah Wright with the legitimate criticisms of Romney’s tenure at Bain. Booker later clarified what he meant and reiterated his support for Obama. Ignoring that, Palin referenced Booker as well as Democrats Harold Ford and Steve Rattner in an attempt to suggest that they were anti-Obama. She said…
    “His surrogates there come from, in many respects the private sector, and each one of those individuals does have a lot of private sector experience, unlike their leader Barack Obama.”
    Well, it was nice of her to praise these surrogates so highly. Indeed, they do have a lot of private sector experience. And what’s more, they all endorse Obama for reelection. So if we are to accept Palin’s commentary that these are intelligent, experienced people with insight into business and economics, then we should, therefore, be sure to vote for Obama in November.
    Thanks for your support, Sarah. And thanks for a pulverizing so thorough that it whipped back around and transformed into an endorsement. Seriously, after seeing this I have to wonder if Palin would even know what pulverize means. Clearly the editors at Fox Nation don’t.

  • rebecca

    Does anyone know when MSNBCERS renew their contracts? Maybe we will get lucky and Chris and Ed will be gone!

  • Jeff
  • d.d.

    Hi, Jeff.


    Following Ratings Stumble, CNN Plots Revised Course

    In a terse statement earlier this month, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said that he and others at the company were “clearly not satisfied” with CNN’s situation, and promised that action would be taken to rectify it.

    That situation–at least in the primetime ratings–is grim. Last week the channel had its lowest weekly primetime in total viewers in at least 20 years.

    “Obviously this is an indictment of their lineup, it is not working,” says Brad Adgate, senior VP of research at Horizon Media.

    CNN’s signature shows like “Piers Morgan Tonight,” “AC360,” “Erin Burnett Outfront” and “The Situation Room” probably won’t see changes (they also have the benefit of being some of the channel’s highest-rated), but as discussions continue inside of CNN Center in Atlanta, there are changes brewing. ***** I think some CNN signature shows need to to change.

    Even with its serious ratings struggles, CNN is not at any imminent risk financially. CNN has the benefit of HLN, the CNN International channels and other sources of revenue to offset any financial issues that CNN/U.S. could have.

    The problem is more of a morale issue than a monetary one. CNN Worldwide is named after CNN, and as Schonfeld notes, “CNN is the flagship of the entire CNN brand, and if it sinks it may destroy the entire organization.”


    McCaskill and Taxes — Again!

    Missouri US Senator Claire McCaskill failed to pay taxes on her private airplane. Now, AGAIN, she’s late paying taxes on her DC condominium (as she was in 2010 and 2008, too). All this from a woman who declines to state whether she supports President Obama’s wish to raise taxes on others — and who served as Missouri’s state auditor. She’s a serial tax delinquent. And if she’s this careless with her own finances, can you imagine how careless she is with our tax money?


    20,000 Felons Including Killers, Arsonists, and Stalkers Signed Wisconsin Recall Petitions

    Some Wisconsinites who signed the petition to recall Governor Scott Walker were involved in over 20,000 felonies including homicide, arson and stalking.

    Put Wisconsin First recently matched Wisconsin recaller’s names and addresses to Wisconsin Court Cases. There were over 400,000 matches of cases and charges from just over 900,000 signatures.

    It took Put Wisconsin First nearly 30 days running 5 home computers hitting the WCCA Wisconsin web site searching names then matching addresses. The website found everything from election fraud to a guy who is guilty of homicide with a modifier of not guilty by reason of insanity. The man is currently residing in a mental health facility. He signed and self-witnessed the form from the address of the mental hospital!

    I, & , 14,000 volunteers worked on verifying the Walker recall petition.

  • betty

    NANCY 1&2… aka “Rubber Room Nancy” (because “Turnabout is Fair play” !)
    She doesn’t read these comments,yet she knows everything in it. Hmmmm.
    Methinks she doth protest too much. She’s been Missing in Action, looong time and now she Emerges.
    “Rubber Room”…how kind and sweet.
    Not that anyone really missed her…her absence was nice.
    O.K.you gave your comment,”Rubber Room Nancy” you can now return to…..

  • Joan

    Great numbers FOX
    Now! The big three of msnbc, wait BaaHaaaaa sorry don’t know what else to call them. In the tank!

  • Jeff
  • Nick Czar

    @ JEFF !

    Your essays here are pathetic exceeded only by the lame
    thought process embodied therin and the sheer infinity format.

    Have you thought of subscribing to succinct texting and
    perhaps employ some originality and aptness of thought ?

  • Joan

    I usually pay zero attention to Jeff”s post BUT really?
    The Sunshine Foundation study LOL

    Only one response to the quoting just one of those brilliant brain dead Dems

    Rep Hank Johnson: My fear is that with the over population of Guam the whole Island could tip over and capsize!
    But actually it isn’t a fair study since you can’t understand a word some of these Dems say! When the news media have them on they have the caption on ROFLOL :)

  • betty

    “the Late MSNBC”….lowest primetime ratings EVER….EVER.

  • MWA

    @ Betty
    ‘Rubber room Nancy’ LMFAO, That where that nutcase belongs.
    Jeffie is unable to do that ,don’t you know he falls below the ‘stupid line?’

  • Joan

    @ betty
    True, the lower BHO sinks there go his minions!

  • Donny Bobc

    Jeff is not so bright, is he?

  • d.d.

    This will probably interest no one , but, here goes . I live in a community outside of town with probably about 1,000 homes… so it’s not the wilderness. A week ago at night , I went after the coyotes with a shovel. Lately, during the day we’ve had two different red foxes in the yard, &, of course deer in the gardens . I expect deer , coons , & rabbits. My next door neighbor just had an animal jump through her screen after her cat at night. She didn’t know what the animal was because it happened so quickly. Her cat was injured & had to go to the vet. Last night a friend had to shoot a bobcat attempting to jump into the back porch when they were sitting there. I wonder what’s happening.

    Also, I was sitting in our screened porch today reading , &, in a great mood. One of the families of ducks was coming to the feeder. One of the babies is now lame, probably from a snapping turtle. Seeing this duck hobbling to the feeder just deflated my good mood.


    I guess I’ll call it a day & try to uplift my feelings. I keep thinking of that poor baby duck. Back tomorrow.

  • Merlinus

    Desperate times for the Left indeed.

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