Cable News Ratings for Wednesday May 23, 2012

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May 24th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for May 23, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC    1,157        292         514
CNN      286         85         117
MSNBC      412        114         170
CNBC      153         55           91
FBN        61         12           27
HLN      212         87         131
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC    1,937        400         745
CNN      391        111         163
MSNBC      796        254         328
CNBC      173        101         112
FBN        34         12           19
HLN      383        139         218
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends      978        272         499
CNN Early Start/Starting Point      174         64           79
MSNBC Morning Joe      372        121         170
CNBC Squawk Box      120         42           83
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade      207         69         129
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE    1,597        367         604
CNN SITUATION ROOM      464         83         134
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS      643        109         261
CNBC FAST MONEY      161         38           69
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT      212         79         132
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER    1,690        314         694
CNN JOHN KING USA      317         88         134
MSNBC POLITICS NATION      620        139         220
CNBC MAD MONEY      163         39           94
HLN HLN LOCAL EDITION      235         94         147
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH    1,598        301         682
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      310         88         152
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS      651        147         296
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT      181         42         116
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL      274         81         138
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    2,592        448         926
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      368         85         154
MSNBC ED SHOW      731        194         307
CNBC COCAINE COWBOYS      185        103         112
HLN HLN LOCAL EDITION      546        188         334
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY    1,650        404         711
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT      349         88         130
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW      905        327         382
CNBC COCAINE COWBOYS      211        144         136
HLN DR. DREW      364        118         198
HLN HLN LOCAL EDITION      306         92         157
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA    1,552        345         597
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      456        158         206
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL      749        242         294
CNBC AMERICAN GREED      123         55           88
HLN NANCY GRACE      345        154         206
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    1,549        469         770
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      300        114         125
MSNBC ED SHOW      457        168         211
CNBC MAD MONEY        91         45           79
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT      257        133         163

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.

  • MWA

    I’m going to take a page from some of your posts. What is (and call you can do)that? ‘Mr Perfect?’You’re always quick to call out someone when they misspell a word .

  • MWA

    I made a few mistakes from the post above ,just for you ,so you can feel better.

  • d.d.

    Steve Perry ,

    Please provide your source. As I wrote suik in the last room, of the the three cable news networks, Fox tops CNN & especially MSNBC in revenues. They charge their advertisers a higher rate. Where they are weak is digitally. CNN has strong web volume & CNN International & HLN , but, weak TV viewership. MSNBC is my home page & is well designed & well used , plus , it has hotmail & NBC backing. While all three continue to drop in viewers, revenue is expected to rise in 2012 for all cable news networks.

    Check out revenues of the three here:


  • Ratboy

    Hey Suiki

    You always seem to only read certain words and you have a hard time reading your own posts because you consistantly deny saying what you said even though it is in black and white but…………here is the mos ludicrus statemetn made by the Perrymeister and it is not aimed at FOX as you so clearly tried to spin

    Cable News is DEAD!!!

    Now THAT seems drug induced to me!

  • Steve Perry

    Even the lowest rated Broadcast News show…CBS Evening News…draws more than twice the viewers than the highest Cable News show…The O’Reilly Factor. Now that’s pretty sad.

    Again, Cable News is the Minor Leagues when compared to Broadcast News viewership.

  • d.d.

    Steve Perry ,

    This is a cable news site. Of course, the alphabet news trumps cable with number of viewers. We haven’t been talking about the major networks here. They probably have their own threads to chat away on.

    Quality of a-b-c news?

    Catholic Leaders sue on HHS Mandate

    Over 40 Catholic dioceses and organizations around the country announced on Monday that they were suing the Obama administration for violating their freedom of religion.

    Alphabets news gave a grand total of 19 seconds of airtime to the story

    There are 60 million Catholics in the US. The Catholic vote will be the most important swing vote this year. So it’s not just a major policy issue, it is one with massive political implications. Yet, 19 seconds of news coverage remains the only attention given by the evening broadcast networks.

    – ABC World News – ZERO seconds of coverage. But, last night there was time for a full report on sleep apnea and Katie Couric discussing how she met Queen Elizabeth; how she wore a peach coat and “a lovely peach hat.”

    – CBS Evening News – a brief 19 seconds of coverage on the evening the lawsuit became public. ZERO coverage last night. But there was time in the broadcast for a Cincinnati Reds baseball fan lucky enough to catch two home runs in left field.

    Today for the third night in a row the broadcast networks have refused to cover this correctly.


    Yawn . Going to watch I.D. Night all.

  • d.d.

    Can’t leave out NBC news.

    – NBC Nightly News – ZERO seconds of coverage. But last night there was time to squeeze in a story on a new computer app that shows America’s eating habits, “graphic evidence” of how we eat badly late at night.

  • Steve Perry


    Fact remains, the vast majority of AMERICANS get their news from Broadcast News and online News sites. Cable News is Dead!!!

  • twins fan

    @steve perry the wheel in the sky keeps on turning

  • suikostinger

    What is (and call you can do)that? ‘Mr Perfect?

    You seem to not know the difference between a typo like call instead of all and some people that come in here and type looser instead of loser and their instead of there….

  • suikostinger


    Oh NOES He said cable news is dead. ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK. Call names gogogogogo!!!

  • suikostinger


    and it is not aimed at FOX as you so clearly tried to spin

    I tried to spin? When? He was attacking hannity and oreilly…..You really are something…..

    Also, cable news will be dead pretty soon. Everything is going digital. News, movies, shows, video games. Everything. So Fox News needs to hurry up and jump on that band wagon called the internet. I give it another 10 years TOPS. :)

  • suikostinger

    Woops 10 was suppose to be 20.

  • Rick

    Most of the 60 million Catholics practice birth control in some fashion of their choosing. They have figured it out. It is a Law student at Georgetown University, a man in TN and the President that can’t figure out birth control. The Catholic Church is fairly confidant that abstention work. Most News agencies are oblivious of these facts and wish to focus on something they understand. Fashion and baseball. Retail theropy and Baseballs been very very good to me!

    What did the Queen wear when she met with Katie Couric?

    and catching home run balls are important, Were the home runs hit by reds players or the opposing team? If it was the opposing team did the Reds get credit for the out? They need all the help they can get.

  • Rick


    Cable News continues to make money because they keep raising the cost to cable subscribers. Between March of 2008 and March of 2012, Time Warner Cable increased cable rates on average 11% per year.

    Many of the younger people that I know do not subscribe to cable. They have gone back to free TV, the internet, with Hulu and Netflix.

    I dropped cable also and I am joining them. It is hard to find anything good on cable.

  • Short Link

    MSMBC only gets their webpage hit because of the defaulting of home pages by Microsoft IE or use of Live.com. It’s not because people are turning to MSNBC for news, it’s just their starting point.
    I’d be interested to see a comparison between something lke DrudgeReport and these news sites.

  • suikostinger

    MSMBC only gets their webpage hit because of the defaulting of home pages by Microsoft IE or use of Live.com.

    It’s monthly UNIQUE hits. People change their homepage in 2-3 easy steps….73 million…..

  • Steve Perry

    Just the facts Mam:

    Top Evening News shows:
    #1 – NBC Nightly News – 7,518,000
    #2 – ABC World News – 7,142,000
    #3 – CBS Evening News – 5,492,000
    #4 – O’Reilly Factor – 2,592,000
    #5 – Bret Baier – 1,690,000
    #6 – Hannity – 1,650,000
    #7 – Shepard Smith – 1,598,000
    #8 – The Five – 1,597,000
    #9 – Greta – 1,552,000
    #10 – O’Reilly Repeat – 1,549,000
    #11 – Rachel Maddow – 905,000
    #12 – Last Word – 749,000
    #13 – The Ed Show – 731,000
    #14 – Hardball Repeat – 651,000
    #15 – Hardball – 643,000
    #16 – Politics Nation – 620,000
    #17 – Situation Room – 464,000
    #18 – Ed Show Repeat – 457,000
    #19 – Cooper Repeat – 456,000
    #20 – Anderson Cooper – 368,000
    #21 – Piers Morgan – 349,000
    #22 – John King – 317,000
    #23 – Erin Burnett – 310,000
    #24 – Erin Repeat – 300,000

    Top Morning News shows:
    #1 – NBC Today – 5,175,000
    #2 – ABC GMA – 5,111,000
    #3 – CBS Morning – 2,399,000
    #4 – Fox & Friends – 978,000
    #5 – Morning Joe – 372,00
    #6 – Early Start – 174,000

    Total Viewers:
    Left Wing Media – 40,703,000
    Right Wing Media – 13,206,000

    Now I see why the Right Wingers complain that the Liberals control the media…lol.

  • UpAndOver

    Jeff and Steve must have a lot of money….

    Otherwise they couldn’t afford all that computer ink….

  • suikostinger

    lol, yup, he’s just a comedian like Bill Meyer, like the people in here have said….

    Rush Limbaugh Bust In Hall of Famous Missourians Sticks Taxpayers With $1,100 Security Tab

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri House has spent more than $1,100 in taxpayer money on a security camera to keep watch over a new bronze bust of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh, the House clerk said Thursday.

    Clerk Adam Crumbliss said he authorized the camera after discussions with Republican legislative leaders because of concerns the sculpture of Limbaugh’s head and shoulders might be vandalized.

    “We recognize that there was a level of controversy around it, and we want to make sure that property is protected,” Crumbliss said. “We’ve had lots of calls, and some calls and complaints have been a little beyond the pale.”

    Limbaugh was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians last week during a closed-door ceremony in the House chamber as police stood guard to keep out any uninvited political opponents or protesters.

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