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.

  • lbsles
  • lbsles

    Obama is out saying, “America has never worked. The free market, capitalism, it doesn’t matter. Supply-side economics, lower tax rates, doesn’t work.” Obama says it’s never worked. Well, we have a little laboratory here. Scott Walker has done what he promised to do. We had a caller in the last hour point out, Scott Walker’s running on his record, proudly, happily. He’s not lying about it. He doesn’t have to lie about it. He doesn’t have to cover it up, and doesn’t have to amplify it. It speaks for itself, people are living it. Unemployment rate in Wisconsin, way below the national average. Scott Walker has cut spending. He has grown, expanded the economy while lowering taxes. Nobody has been laid off.

  • Steve Perry


    Are you seriously quoting Rush Limbaugh…LMAO. Dude, who in their right mind quotes Rush. That dude has lied all of his life…he lies and makes up stuff for a living. You have to come up with better sources than Rush. Otherwise, nobody will ever take you serious.

  • lbsles

    “The portrait of George W. Bush — it’s hidden behind a drape, and they lift the drape and everybody looks at the portrait, and they applaud and so forth, and I was just hoping that somebody would have put a cartoon bubble near Bush’s face and inside bubble it said, ‘Miss me yet?'” -Rush

  • REM

    Romney is now up in Ohio

    lights out for Obama

  • Steve Perry


    As soon as I post facts and numbers people don’t like to see, their feelings get hurt and they usually end up running.

  • Ren

    Ed is always hammering how Walker has raised over 30 million for his campaign but never mentions how much money the Democrat is getting from the Unions. It’s not going to be pretty picture if the Democrat loses and all that moneys gone from the hard working union employees.

  • Steve Perry


    Obama is going to annihilate Romney. As soon as people find out that Romney wears magic underwear and believes that the Garden of Eden was in Missouri, he’s done!

  • Coffee Steve

    At 7:05 PM it was 84, its now 62 :-)

    Wind gust to 68mph, but calming down now

  • Sonny

    The number of people dropping the union because they do not have to belong is the most revealing stat, they interviewed some and they said they had no advantage belonging anymore, this trend will grow, the using of members high dues for policies they do not believe in, and large amounts of money spent on failed political ventures

  • Coffee Steve

    Since everyone is throwing numbers around

    Hatfields and McCoys 14 Million Plus, now THATS an audience

  • suikostinger

    f you want or you can tune into Conservitive Talk Radio and get a free education.

    Free EDUCATION!? LOL!!!!? What are you smoking? Whether it’s conservative talk or liberal talk radio, NOTHING about them is educational……That’s what’s wrong with the people that listen to those radio shock jocks, they actually think they are getting educated in something. It’s the shock jocks and talking heads JOB to get you to watch/listen so they will do anything to get the ratings up which does NOT equal educational but instead equals what you WANT to hear and entertainment…

  • suikostinger

    For ANY channel that is only 24/7 and gets 2 million plus on some shows just shows to you that they are for entertainment. I love how both sides try to say “look at the number of viewers!!!!”. I say, yeah, look at them, they are high because they are entertainment and that’s why they are so high, not because it’s the news. Not because “liberal media is DEAD!!!!” It’s because Fox News (so is MSNBC) really isn’t even news anymore. The talking heads talk about what THEY want you to hear, plain and simple. They nit pick what they want to say, it’s not news. It’s not even “we report you decide” because how can you decide on anything when said “news” station only REPORTS on certain things and leaves things out. The head guys at MSNBC and Fox News actually sit down at the table and DECIDE what to report on and what NOT to report on for the day, that is not EVEN CLOSE to anything called “news”. If it was actually news, MSNBC wouldn’t be always defending Obama, and Fox News wouldn’t always be attacking him. They wouldn’t cut peoples mics off. The host wouldn’t be choosing sides and yelling over the person representing the democrat. I noticed that yet again this morning on Fox News. You have the host, the republican and the democrat. Juan Williams and the host sat there quietly while the Republican was giving her side of the story. Yet when Juan started talking the host AND the republican started talking over him when he was trying to speak. That’s not even taking into account that the topic was YET again something against Obama, yet hardly any attacks on Romney or any other Republican.

    Anyone that thinks either MSNBC or Fox News is fair and balanced are just lemmings, and by the looks of the people in here and the way they just spout out shock jocks talking points like they are fact or something, just proves that the people that watch these stations have no freaking clue whatsoever.

    I know that I’m “Mr. Perfect” as someone said but I didn’t proof read, so sorry for typos!!! :)

  • Rod D

    @ REM

    Dude it’s still the month of MAY for Christ’s sake. Romney definitely has more upside polling potential than Obama, but it’s far too soon to accurately predict the race.

    Still, I’ll grant you that recent trends are definitely in Romney’s favor.

  • Coffee Steve

    Turner CEO On Struggling CNN: ‘We Haven’t Put The Best Shows On The Air’

    Broadcasting & Cable reports on Thursday that Turner Broadcasting CEO Phil Kent addressed CNN’s ratings woes, admitting that is “very unhappy” with the network’s ratings and that shows will be replaced soon in a move for improvement.

    He conceded that “we haven’t put the best shows on the air,” but despite the problems, he praised the network’s primetime lineup as having “very high potential.” He praised Anderson Cooper as a star who “is not getting a star’s ratings … because of lead-ins.”

    Story at Mediaite

  • Coffee Steve

    On the polls

    Wait one week after SCOTUS rules on Obamacare, then the polls will mean something

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Suiko…(continued from either Monday or Tuesday)

    >>> @Ralph

    You have a problem with Jeff, yet you have no problem whatsoever with lbsles, which posts about 20 times per day. Lbsles has said worse things than Jeff by FAR RECENTLY. <<>> Let’s not forget about DB. That guy never really says anything that is on topic, he just calls names and uses innuendo to attack ANYONE that doesn’t agree with him. <<<

    This is the SECOND time you question my complaints about Jeff, who annoys me, and posts meaningless and distorted B.S. and attempts to pass it off as factual. Yet, you question why I don't go after people who piss YOU off.

    Fight your own battles and I'll fight mine.

  • d.d.

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

    I get your drift , but, you’re beginning to worry me, not that it matters to you.


    Documents Show Drugmakers Vowed To Push Obamacare In Exchange For White House Blocking Provisions They Opposed…

    Bloomberg) — Drugmakers led by Pfizer Inc. agreed to run a “very significant public campaign” bankrolling political support for the 2010 health-care law, including TV ads, while the Obama administration promised to block provisions opposed by drugmakers.

    The internal memos and e-mails for the first time unveil the industry’s plan to finance positive TV ads and supportive groups, along with providing $80 billion in discounts and taxes that were included in the law. The administration has previously denied the existence of a deal involving political support.

    No surprise , except , how sick to death I am of this type of stuff.


    I just gave Fisker a compliment & then I read this:

    Electric Car Company Given $200 Million Loan By Obama Admin Says It May Drop Plans To Build Its Cars In America…

    Fisker May Never Build Electric Cars in US

    “If Fisker no longer gets government monies, then obviously we are in a place where other options are open to us and have to be considered from a business perspective”


    Higher Education Bubble: Student Loan Debt Increases 275%, Delinquency Rate Up 41%


    Will leave you with all this cheery news.

  • Coffee Steve

    Howdy Ralph

    I is back..well sorta..I bet I walked 100 miles on the trip to Branson and Gatlinburg :-)

  • Coffee Steve

    Were going to see MIB 3..so have a GREAT evening everyone


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