Cable News Ratings for Thursday, May 31, 2012

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June 1st, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Thursday, May 31, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,092            239            474
CNN         315            100            128
MSNBC         418            112            187
CNBC         150             52             87
FBN           58             12             25
HLN         197             96            105
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,977            358            785
CNN         494            126            195
MSNBC         874            231            368
CNBC         219            112            139
FBN           96             39             52
HLN         338            136            209
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,037            260            531
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         282            113            143
MSNBC Morning Joe         319            126            176
CNBC Squawk Box         158             52            105
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         223            119            124
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,478            226            572
CNN SITUATION ROOM         413             92            150
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         665            124            259
CNBC FAST MONEY         125             30             57
HLN HLN SPECIAL REPORT         144             48             59
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,554            254            623
CNN JOHN KING USA         309             62            112
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         673            156            268
CNBC MAD MONEY         137             40             91
HLN PRIME NEWS         185             54             78
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,382            233            538
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         412            123            177
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         590            123            225
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         104             23             62
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         256             81            116
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,877            449         1,074
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         421            112            148
MSNBC ED SHOW         872            173            338
CNBC TRASH INC: GARBAGE         151             64             98
HLN NANCY GRACE         442            168            262
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       1,726            348            712
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         640            139            233
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       1,037            313            471
CNBC APOCALYPSE 2012         248            130            175
HLN DR. DREW         302            109            176
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,312            278            567
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         421            127            203
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         710            206            294
CNBC BIG MAC: INSIDE MCDONALDS         258            143            144
HLN NANCY GRACE         271            129            188
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,116            391            586
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         232             81             90
MSNBC ED SHOW         379            116            190
CNBC MAD MONEY         108             46             56
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         198            100            126


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.

  • Mitch

    I think the ratings for The Ed Show are wrong.

  • Matthew

    CNN loses to their sister station again in the Primetime totals. Ouch.

  • Matthew

    *Primetime demo, rather.

  • Mike

    I agree – they seem too high.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Mitch: yep, fixed. Thanks.

  • Randy

    CNN continues to broadcast liberal bias commentators (i.e. Piers Morgan) and then wonders why ratings tank. Let me program CNN network..I can do a better job of figuring out what a majority of viewers want.

  • 1nancy2

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  • betty

    @Randy…….I totally agree with you…..put me in charge!…..I’ll run a tight ship!

  • Mike

    The Ed Show ratings has to be wrong . How Ed even gets the ratings he does, is a question a fifth grader couldn’t even answer .Ed is a JOKE and always will be. ED couldn’t make it as a rightwing talk show host in Fargo ND .Ed then overnight changed to the left and started yelling how he is a defender of the middle class and union workers.Ed is so full of sh*t.Why is E.A Schultz nonunion? Why does Ed own a fishing lodge in Canada, when he yells ‘buy American?’Ed seen the money he could make by going left because he was a failure as a rightwing talk show host.Ed always wanted to be as big as Rush and just never could pull it off Did Ed ever smack his ex-wife around? Did Ed ever say that Bill and Hillary ‘were a cancer in America ?’Did Ed ever shot his dog while hunting when he was drinking? THE ANSWER IS’ YES.’ I got to question his rating also because I can’t see how he gets the ratings he does.Ed Schultz always was and always will be nothing be a big mouth POS.

  • club

    Best nickname for one of the many losers over at MessNBC…. Special Ed Schultz……

  • Ratboy
  • MWA

    I see the staff of the ‘looney bin’ left you out for the weekend.Now where is your son Jeffie,the other looney tune nut? Don’t you people see through Jeff(Mr Palm Springs) and his BS and lies ?

  • DB

    Jeffie, you posted a short time ago that since your “conversion” you have only called public persons names on this site not individual posters. Then the next day you call a poster a prick–as I said you guys are losing it. I referred not just to you but Stevie, Gabe and a couple other libs. Don’t set yourself on a pedestal and then knock yourself off–I will comment on it.

  • Tired of Idiotic Comments

    Piers Morgan (CNN) asked Bill Clinton who he would like to see play him in the movie. He couldn’t think of anyone. I have a suggestion. How about Randy Quaid? Michael Moore could play Hillary, and Alfred E. Neuman could play Chelsea.

  • Steve Perry

    It’s all on how you look at the numbers.

    Once again, Liberal Media dominating in the 25-54 Demo…the only thing that matters:

    5PM: CNN/MSNBC/HLN = 264 vs Fox = 226
    6PM: CNN/MSNBC/HLN = 272 vs Fox = 254
    7PM: CNN/MSNBC/HLN = 327 vs Fox = 233
    8PM: CNN/MSNBC/HLN = 453 vs Fox = 449
    9PM: CNN/MSNBC/HLN = 561 vs Fox = 348
    10PM:CNN/MSNBC/HLN = 462 vs Fox = 278
    11PM:Fox = 391 vs CNN/MSNBC/HLN = 297
    12AM:CNN/MSNBC/HLN = 332 vs Fox = 223

    Liberal News stations won 7 out of the 8 time slots.

    This goes back to the argument that liberal viewers have more choices and are spread out across the news shows and that’s why their numbers are divided. However, once you add them up, you quickly find out that more people in this most important demographic are tuning in to Liberal news stations(CNN/MSNBC/HLN) on cable than they are tuning in to the conservative news station on cable(Fox).

  • Ratboy

    @ Steve Perry
    Posted June 1, 2012 at 6:21 PM
    It’s all on how you look at the numbers.

    Hey DB! You take this one, I cant stop laughing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Steve Perry


    The numbers are right above in case you want to double check.

  • PaulG

    @Steve Perry

    You can combine the #s any way you like,,but the fact is:

    Gallup poll: Conservatives outnumber liberals

    The Gallup survey found that 40 percent of Americans consider themselves conservative; 35 percent consider themselves moderate; and 21 percent see themselves as liberal. The figures did not change from 2010.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71385.html#ixzz1wb2pPVyd

    If you’re trying to convey that there ia a liberal bias in the broadcast media,,your just preachin to the choir…

  • Steve Perry


    On the contrary, I’m only attempting to convey that More people in the 25-54 demographic who watch cable news don’t watch Fox News…it’s as simple as that.

    As far as those numbers you provided me, you just acknowledged More Americans don’t consider themselves Conservative. Most Americans (56%) are either Moderate or Liberal and NOT Conservative. No wonder President Obama won the election by over 10 Million votes.

  • Jeff

    @DB Conversion?? Lmao! I do not answer to you, stop trying to play supercop. Your thoughts on behavior and conduct are as irrelevant as mine so please spare me.
    Have a great weekend.

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