Cable News Ratings for Friday, May 25, 2012

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May 29th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for May 25, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC         985            258            447
CNN         241             77            100
MSNBC         387            122            166
CNBC         136             42             78
FBN           49             11             23
HLN         202             82            117
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,333            261            516
CNN         266             79            117
MSNBC         711            205            287
CNBC         159             68            100
FBN           61             17             21
HLN         276            103            144
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,187            320            578
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         121             58             67
MSNBC Morning Joe         372            141            193
CNBC Squawk Box         154             39            105
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         255            141            197
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,434            296            624
CNN SITUATION ROOM         328            101            162
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         553             88            219
CNBC MONEY IN MOTION           68             32             51
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT         154             31             74
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,443            280            587
CNN JOHN KING USA         283             87            138
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         511             66            184
CNBC MAD MONEY           81             21             46
HLN PRIME NEWS         211             38             75
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,310            294            546
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         318            105            132
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         597            116            260
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         108             21             48
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         268             98            124
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR SPCL       1,552            338            639
CNN ANDERSON COOPER SPCL RPT         273             90            122
MSNBC ED SHOW         781            155            305
CNBC THE APPRENTICE         105             33             55
HLN NANCY GRACE         334            103            146
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC LUNTZ SPECIAL       1,356            234            481
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         302             82            144
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW         939            269            364
CNBC THE APPRENTICE         188             72            126
HLN HLN LOCAL EDITION         180             68             82
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,076            213            429
CNN ANDERSON COOPER SPCL RPT         222             65             85
MSNBC MSNBC INVESTIGATES         414            192            192
CNBC PORN: BUSINESS OF PLEASUR         184            101            120
HLN NANCY GRACE         309            131            190
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR SPCL         829            197            409
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         224             78            103
MSNBC MSNBC INVESTIGATES         406            244            199
CNBC MAD MONEY           76             44             67
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         229            107            131


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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.

  • Tired of Idiotic Comments

    The Glenn Beck Show on GBTV had a substitute host today. She did a great job, but I tuned in late and didn’t catch her name. I thought I heard her say she worked for CNN. Was that correct?

  • d.d.

    Her name is Dana Loesch & she is a CNN contributor. She has a radio show & ‘Talkers’ named her one of the 100 most important talk show hosts in America. She also serves as a grassroots organizer having co-founded the St. Louis tea party movement

  • Nick Czar

    MSNBC has reached a new low with that estrogen laden host
    Chris Hayes with his declaration ” I have trouble with calling
    fallen military people…HEROES ”

    Hayes has now surpassed Chris Matthews as the most repulsive
    host on MSNBC. ( only by a hair )

    COMCAST should be ashamed of this operation in total and
    introduce programming that provides a diversity opinion on the
    political landscape and not simply ultra left radical sputum.

    By the way Hayes wife works in the Obama whitehouse.

  • Laurence Glavin

    Chris’s statement id utterly suffused with nuance, something of which the masses are incapable. So many words and phrases are used without thought, and “hero” with reference to people serving in the military is a prime example. (Yes, I do have a DD214). Another word that annoys the hell out of me will start being used in six months: “joyous” with regard to “the holidays” of November and December. Oops. People are unwittingly stressed-out due to the obligations imposed opn them for no good reason. There certain things they must do, emotions they must experience, people with whom they must congregate, etc. In the civilian realm, police officers and Fire fighters sometimes take actions that are deemed “heroic”, but all you have to do is watch local TV in sweeps period to see stories about cops and fire fighter gaming the system to get lifetime disability pensions while working another job or indulging in strenuous free-time activities.

  • DB

    Lawrence, “the masses are incapable” ? You are definitely a liberal, smarter than the rest of us and ready to tell us about it. Sorry you can’t enjoy the holidays because for most of us in the masses it is a joyous time. You and Chris Hayes have a lot in common and that is not necessarily a good thing. You are kind of sad actually, you live in a very skewed bubble.

  • Mark

    What the hell is the “Luntz Special”

  • HRJ

    Can’t we all just get along?

    Today Mitt and the Don are in Las Vegas as pals. The Don still believes that president BO was born in Africa. Don; please give me a break. Mitt do you really need this kind of help?

  • Jeff

    Government Employment Drops Under Obama, But Media Run With Romney Myth Anyway
    57 minutes ago
    Labor Department statistics say that government employment has decreased by 608,000 since February 2009. Nevertheless, Fox News and Politico both uncritically reported Mitt Romney’s false claim that “[w]e have 145,000 more government workers under this president.”

  • Jeff

    Watch Fox’s The Five Dance Around Donald Trump’s Birtherism
    During today’s edition of Fox News’ The Five, the co-hosts spent a ten-minute segment talking about Donald Trump and his impact on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign with only a ten-second mention of Trump’s birther conspiracies.
    Actually, no one on the show even mentioned birtherism. The only discussion of birtherism during the segment came from a ten-second clip Fox played of MSNBC’s Michael Smerconish saying: “In an interview with the Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove, Donald Trump would not back down. He said that he was born in Kenya, raised in Indonesia.”
    Co-host Eric Bolling, who has a history of pushing conspiracy theories about President Obama’s birthplace, called Trump “provocative.” while guest co-host, Brian Kilmeade, who has also pushed birther conspiracies, called Trump an “American icon.” And co-host Andrea Tantaros, who previously declared Trump “the winner” of the birther issue, attacked George Will as “snobby” and “elitist” for criticizing Trump
    Their deflections from Trump’s birtherism came not long after Trump made an appearance on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and CNBC’s Squawk Box where Trump pushed more conspiracies about Obama’s birthplace.

  • Jeff

    Fox’s Ablow: Women Wanting To Serve In Combat Is “Narcissism” And Allowing It Would “Shoot Holes In Our Culture”
    From the May 29 edition of Cumulus Media’s The Mike Huckabee Show:

  • Jeff

    “Don; please give me a break. Mitt do you really need this kind of help”

    @HRJ. yes Mitt does, sleezy politics is usually what Republicans fall back on when they know they are going to loose.

  • Jeff

    The gift that keeps on giving….More words from Phat Phuck…

    Limbaugh: “I Have Created More Jobs Than Obama And Romney Put Together, Damn Right”

    Limbaugh Says “The Obama Way” Is “Just Not The Way We Have Advanced,” Then Asks, “Could We Win D-Day Today?”

    Limbaugh On “Persecution Of Blacks In America”: “What Persecution Would That Be?”

  • Tennable

    @ Anyone speaking on Chris Hayes’ “Hero” comment…

    I am Active Duty military and have orders to Afghanistan (Kandahar). I am in no way a hero. Any wanna-be thug or deadbeat can wear a uniform and spend time in the desert. I don’t really care about Chris Hayes, but he’s not out of line on this one. He even said he may be wrong. I will agree however that it was stupid to say what he said on Memorial Day weekend. Also, Hero does not always = more war.

    Has anyone in here ever wanted to strangle the neck of the lazy worker at the DMV? We have people like that in the military.

    Heroes is a term used too loosely. When you actually risk harm to yourself and/or give your life for others…THEN you are a hero. Or also when you become a member of the Avengers of course.

    Chris Hayes quote:
    “Why do I feel so uncomfortable about the word ‘hero’? I feel uncomfortable about the word hero because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war. I don’t want to obviously desecrate or disrespect the memory of anyone that’s fallen, and obviously there are individual circumstances in which there is genuine, tremendous heroism, you know, hail of gunfire, rescuing fellow soldiers and things like that. But it seems to me that we marshal this word in a way that is problematic. But maybe I’m wrong about that”.

  • Scroll the Troll

    Well it’s official, people in the demo would rather watch a report on the porn industry than Piers or Anderson.

  • d.d.

    Hi, Jeff

    CNN “ Employees: The number of federal employees grew by 123,000, or 6.2%, under President Obama, according to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.

    The federal government has been one of the few areas that’s grown during the economic downturn.”

    Going to the Dept. of Labor Statistics website, there is more to be fleshed out. The Federal workforce has been growing even under President Bush, yet, ……

    The Size of the Federal Workforce: Rapid Growth for Some, Stagnation for Others



    Night all.

  • UpAndOver

    The US is officially a Welfare State (50% receive a subsidy) and growing…

    If present spending continues, the National Debt will be $21.6 Trillion in 2016…

    Currently $15.7 Trillion…

  • Jeff


    Trump is an idiot!! Just watch Wolf Blitzer, as he did with Newt Gingrich stand his ground an not allow a thug bully him around.

  • Jeff


    Great statement! I enjoyed reading that!

    I thought the US air pilot that landed in the Hudson “hero” term was over used as well.

  • Steve Perry

    If Trump keeps up this Birther stuff, he’s going to hand President Obama another 4 years.

  • Jeff

    I do not watch Rachel Maddow often, but when I do catch her program,
    I can clearly see why the Neo Con Extremist Teaparty Republicans hate her so much.
    They attack her look, They attack her sexuality, as usual. I love her reporting, every program is very enjoyable with unique stories and great interviews.

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