Cable News Ratings for Wednesday May 30, 2012

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May 31st, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for May 30, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,095            258            489
CNN         285             87            120
MSNBC         406             93            168
CNBC         158             56             92
FBN           58             12             29
HLN         231            103            119
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,027            401            841
CNN         484            129            186
MSNBC         849            239            372
CNBC         215            112            128
FBN           43             12             25
HLN         370            153            197
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,208            323            610
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         145             60             64
MSNBC Morning Joe         400            116            211
CNBC Squawk Box         158             38             94
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         264            147            168
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,395            249            562
CNN SITUATION ROOM         449             79            180
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         671            114            256
CNBC FAST MONEY         141             31             81
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT         170             64             77
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,458            285            576
CNN JOHN KING USA         286             68            105
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         579             95            165
CNBC MAD MONEY         143             66             93
HLN PRIME NEWS         222             83            149
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,310            247            538
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         304            107            170
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         667            147            255
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         134             38             73
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         318             91            193
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,867            581         1,150
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         417            116            195
MSNBC ED SHOW         844            186            389
CNBC TRUTH ABOUT SHOPLIFTING         216             94            120
HLN NANCY GRACE         468            180            251
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       1,728            334            741
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         571            144            218
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW         916            302            418
CNBC MADOFF BEHIND BARS         196             98            112
HLN DR. DREW         318            133            161
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,474            289            631
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         465            128            145
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         787            229            309
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         233            143            153
HLN NANCY GRACE         332            146            179
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,113            322            581
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         238             95            105
MSNBC ED SHOW         445             79            142
CNBC MAD MONEY         117             88            101
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         326            135            143


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.

  • Coffee Steve


    Darn, I had a few left but I went to the potty and the doggie got em :-)

  • d.d.

    One viewer opinion from mediabistro:

    “Tough year for King. Converted to Judaism, got married, had baby, worked w/ wife everyday. Wife left him. Ratings in toilet. Show is RIP as soon as the new BIG hire has the ink dry. Erin moves back an hour. New hire–>Anderson. Costello/Kyra not likely to survive Le Shuffle. Banfield and Sambolin MUST be separated. Only one will survive. My bets are on Banfield. Brooke Baldwin has offers. CNN will have to main line promote her to keep her. If they’re smart, they will do just that. And don’t get me started at how pissed Soledad is at EVERYONE. Her show is a disaster. (all this gossip generated from low-level crew members. i.e. dudes who build sets, hang lights, hold cables)”

    Jonathan Spencer

    * * *

    May 2012 Ratings: MSNBC Down Double Digits

    In Total Day, MSNBC was down -19% in Total Viewers and down -26% in the A25-54 demo compared to May 2011. Ratings were similarly low in primetime, with the network seeing losses of -19% in Total Viewers and -21% in younger viewers.

    but …. both Fox & CNN the number of viewers were down too.

  • Ren

    Ed is putting his heart and soul into getting Walker recalled. Hope all the hard work pays off for him. He was basically trying to order Obama to get down there and stump for him.

  • Gabriel

    Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Like I said Matthew I love the spin they put on it!! Steve Perry just wrote the new campaign slogan for Obama ” RE-ELECT OBAMA CUZ WE AINT AS BAD AS GREECE!”

    Actually its simpler than that: “Romney will be worse.”

  • NewsJunky

    How long before CNN gets a clue & clears the decks?

    It’s not that hard, it’s a two-word solution: Do News.

  • Coffee Steve

    I’m off till all the weather warnings are over, its ugly here

    Later gators


  • Steve Perry


    It doesn’t matter if it’s on cable or broadcast channel…what matters is more Americans are watching Liberal News than Conservative news…plain and simple.

    I know the truth hurts fellas…but that’s the facts.

  • Steve Perry

    Here’s some more numbers for you Fox fans :

    #1 – NBC Today – 5,175,000 viewers

    #2 – ABC GMA – 5,111,000 viewers

    #3 – CBS This Morning – 2,399,000 viewers

    #4 – Fox and Friends – 1,208,000 viewers (Not even in the same league)

    Liberal(NBC, CBS, ABC) Media = 12,685,000
    Conservative(Fox News) Media = 1,208,000 (not even close)

    Ouch…sorry to bring you Fox kool-aid drinkers back down to reality but somebody’s got to do it…and I didn’t even include CNN or MSNBC which is about an extra 500,000+ viewers.

  • Nick

    Rush Limbaugh 20mil per week and has steadily grown. There are literally thousands of conservitive talk shows and tha’t is where the real truth is. You can’t lie three hours per day everyday and maintain an audience. Tune in to talk radio and get a free education!

  • REM

    Steve Perry go ahead you get off on news numbers and conservatives will get a rise when Romney landslides Obama. wait till you see those numbers.

    oh yea and we take back the senate

    enjoy your liberal politicians because they only have a few months left

  • Steve Perry


    Those 20 Million are actually 4 to 5 Million unique listeners who tune in everyday…it’s NOT 20 Million different Americans…you rookie!!!

  • Ratboy

    @ Steve Perry
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 3:38 PM
    Here’s some more numbers for you Fox fans :

    Here is what you need to do. Go to your local grocery stto the produce section. Ask the person that works that department for an apple and an orange. Now take a goood look at how different they are. You now should have the concept of “apples and organges difference” and you will no longer make the posts that make you look so silly

  • Steve Perry


    That’s just like Fox News viewers…it’s the same 3 to 4 Million unique viewers who tune in for the shows. Less than 2% of Americans watch Fox News. The other 98% of Americans don’t even watch Fox News.

  • Nick

    You can get your information in 15 second edited soundbites by watching the “Nightly News” and others if you want or you can tune into Conservitive Talk Radio and get a free education. Liberals can’t win in the arena of ideas. That’s why even government sponsored models like Air America don’t last. You can’t lie 3 hours per day everyday and maintain credibility. Sorry but liberalism is dead and it becomes more apparent each day!

  • Steve Perry


    Fact remains, more Americans are watching Liberal-run News shows.

  • Steve Perry

    @ Nick

    I wish more Americans would watch more news and be more informed but the fact is that they don’t. And when they do, the vast majority get their news from ABC, CBS, NBC and from online news websites.

    I hate to put it to you brother but in the grand scope of things, very few Americans get their news from Fox News on TV.

  • Matthew

    Old White People Argue Over Which of Their Preferred Dying Mediums is More Irrelevant

  • lbsles

    “The lesson in Wisconsin is that conservatism works. Scott Walker has done everything that Obama says is impossible to do. He cut spending and expanded the economy while lowering taxes and laying off no one. It’s amazing.” -Rush Limbaugh

  • HRJ

    Can’t we all just get along?

    John Edwards said today; “God is not through with me. There are still some good things that I can do.”

    Is John ready to run again?

  • lbsles

    If It’s Thursday… We Have Revised Jobless Numbers

    RUSH: We’ve got new unemployment news, by the way. It’s Thursday, and what does that mean? It means that we have a revised figure from last week. “New claims for unemployment benefits rose last week for the fourth straight week, which could heighten concerns the labor market recovery is softening.”

    “New claims for unemployment benefits rose last week 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 383,000. Last week’s figure was revised up to 373,000 from the reported 370,000. Economists that were consulted by Reuters had forecast claims unchanged last week.” So in real numbers, given that last week’s figure was 3,000 higher than what was reported, the new claims number is up 13,000 from what was reported last week, not 10,000. I know numbers are hard to follow on radio, but let me try.

    In fact, the weekly jobless claims number has now been revised up 19 weeks in a row and 64 out of the last 65 weeks. Meaning that the 383,000 job claims reported today, it’s gonna be 386,000 or 387,000. Who knows? It’s gonna be revised upward next Thursday. But that number will never be reported. So the number is always worse than what is reported. Now, though, what’s happened is in today’s story, Reuters is doing an about-face. And they’re actually admitting that new jobless claims have gone up for four weeks in a row.


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