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


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.

  • Steve Perry


    More money is spent on Corporate Welfare than Social Welfare.

  • Jeff

    TEXAS PRIMARY POLLS CLOSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ITS OFFICIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS DAY IN HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!

    Trump doubts the authenticity of President Obama’s Birth Certificate…………wtf?

  • eggmanbill

    That moron Judge Napolitano on Fox Business called President Obama a killer, this POS should be made to apologize and taken off the air. This Murdoch No-News group is not only anti Obama they are anti American. Trump the Hump was on Greta and made a real fool of himself, if that’s who Romney is going to surround himself with this GOP is a real joke. The UK is running Murdoch out of town we should do the same!

  • Jeff

    Does any one tweet??

    I have a twitter account that I check on maybe once or twice a week. I never tweet, but I do enjoy reading many tweets posted by celebs politicians etc. However It’s like a whole separate language I feel like I have to learn with all the symbols, ugh! Face book is bad enough but I got the hang of it long ago.

  • DB

    eggman, Al Sharpton said the GOP wanted to commit genocide on African Americans. Should he be fired too or is your outrage just for conservatives?

  • Lee

    Jeff, Are you being paid by the dog eater to spread this manure? Why don’t you go pedal your false info somewhere that people are stupid enough to buy into it. May I suggest a MessNBC website?

  • suikostinger

    DB coming in AGAIN with a non intellectual comment. Comment after comment, they make me laugh. Keep up the good word DB!

  • Jeff


    Naaaaa! Won’t waste my time on you! Your post speaks for itself.

    Have a good night!

  • suikostinger



    CHRIS HAYES ??? WHO IS THIS FU&$%#wING IDIOT ? Hey, “Jeff”, what is your Rachel Maddow saying about Chris Hayes’ remark ? I bet it is “really” “Really” “really” pathetic followed by the sound effects of her papers being shuffled. This is why FOX gets viewers that probably would be watching MSNBC. A spineless little jerk with his little pussy mouth disrespect for the sons and daughters of viewers who are in uniform.
    Way to go MSNBC !!

  • Hillbilly

    Dana Perino raises Kola Bears in a secret dungeon. She barbecued one & ate it in from of some hungry orphans she invited over to her house for Memorial Day. It must be true because Greg Gutfeld said so on The Five. I’m sure Media Matters will have a story on it ASAP. :lol:

  • Steve Perry

    I was reminded today one the greatest examples of a successful Socialist Corporation…the NFL. I remember when this admission came out, it put a dagger in so many Conservative football fans….and a big smile to my face.


  • Jeff

    If you wonder where “Larry” gets his apparent issues from ….


    Another study has concluded that people who only watch Fox News are less informed than all other news consumers.
    Researchers at Fairleigh Dickinson University updated a study they had conducted in late 2011. That study only sampled respondents from New Jersey, where the university is located. This time, the researchers conducted a nationwide poll.
    The poll asked questions about international news (Iran, Egypt, Syria and Greece were included) and domestic affairs (Republican primaries, Congress, unemployment and the Keystone XL pipeline.)
    The pollsters found that people were usually able to answer 1.8 out of 4 questions on foreign news, and 1.6 of 5 questions on domestic news, and that people who don’t watch any news were able to get 1.22 of the questions on domestic policy right.
    As the study explained, though, people who watched only Fox News fared worse:
    The largest effect is that of Fox News: all else being equal, someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic questions correctly — a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all. On the other hand, if they listened only to NPR, they would be expected to answer 1.51 questions correctly; viewers of Sunday morning talk shows fare similarly well. And people watching only “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” could answer about 1.42 questions correctly.
    Other networks also did badly in some sections; MSNBC viewers and Fox News viewers both fared worse in answering international questions than people who watched no news.
    People who only listened to NPR or watched Sunday morning talk shows or “The Daily Show” did the best in the study.

  • Hillbilly

    Why does the table have FNC prime time below 1 million P2+ viewers? First time i’ve seen FNC that low.

  • Hillbilly

    Jeff – Another study has concluded that people who only watch Fox News are less informed than all other news consumers


    Is that why a FNC viewer Posted Romney’s grandfather had more than one wife at a time, but doesn’t even know the grandfather’s name. Oh wait that wasn’t a FNC viewer. It was YOU! :lol:

  • Hillbilly

    Poles and Polish-Americans expressed outraged Tuesday at President Obama’s reference earlier that day to “a Polish death camp” – as opposed to a N*zi death camp in German-occupied Poland.

    “The White House will apologize for this outrageous error,” Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted. Sikorski said that Polish Prime Minister Donald “Tusk will make a statement in the morning. It’s a pity that this important ceremony was upstaged by ignorance and incompetence.”

  • Hillbilly

    Lets see if Regis can help CNN’s ratings.

    CNN has lined up a string of celebrity guest hosts for interviews with other celebrities, including Seth MacFarlane–whose interview with Bill Maher will air on Wednesday–and Harvey Weinstein (who gets Oprah on Friday).

    But Tuesday’s pairing–with a combined age of 145–is by far the most intriguing, with David Letterman giving a rare, mostly serious hour-long interview to Regis Philbin, who is making his first return to television as a host since leaving “Regis and Kelly.”

  • Hillbilly

    Jeb Bush would consider an offer to become Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate “very carefully,” the former Florida governor told Italian news outlet Linkiesta in an interview on Tuesday.


    Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday in Israel. An Israeli official confirmed the meeting to ABC News Tuesday.

    This high-profile meeting with a key foreign leader comes at time when Portman is considered to be among the top-tier candidates of potential running-mates for presumptive republican nominee Mitt Romney.


    Tea party candidate Ted Cruz achieved his goal Tuesday and forced establishment favorite Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst into a runoff in the Texas U.S. Senate race.

  • Fan1001

    I think you have primetime and total day views switched around !

  • Joan

    @ lee
    Don’t bother reading Jeff’s post. Just pray for him he’s got a real problem I think mommy never gave him enough attention!

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