Cable News Ratings for Friday, June 22, 2012

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Note: Friday night's live coverage of the Sandusky verdict preempted regular programming. FOX News's coverage, anchored by Shep Smith, was number one in both total viewers and adults 25-54, beating CNN, MSNBC, and HLN combined among total viewers from 9:30 to 11:15PM.

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for June 22, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,228            309            532
CNN         379            121            168
MSNBC         407            115            168
CNBC         130             35             67
FBN           60             13             31
HLN         226             96            138
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,505            540            992
CNN         782            314            408
MSNBC         767            189            326
CNBC           78             40             37
FBN           63             14             26
HLN         332            130            194
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,075            309            530
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         174             70             83
MSNBC Morning Joe         341            133            173
CNBC Squawk Box         102             31             54
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         211             99            144
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,711            379            699
CNN SITUATION ROOM         430            100            166
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         704            112            207
CNBC MONEY IN MOTION         161             45             84
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         177             83            109
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,589            441            694
CNN JOHN KING USA         277            104            133
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         736            136            230
CNBC MAD MONEY         158             50             87
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         162             66            118
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,472            383            642
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         337            133            156
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         640            153            222
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         195             55             90
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         275            130            197
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,783            569         1,042
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         550            175            241
MSNBC ED SHOW         753            139            263
CNBC BILL GATES GEEK CHNG WRLD           95             43             54
HLN NANCY GRACE         416            175            259
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SR/SANDUSKY VERDICT CVG       2,454            510            979
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         506            231            278
MSNBC MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE         726            163            311
CNBC NHL DRAFT           86             49             41
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         180             56             86
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SR/SANDUSKY VERDICT CVG       2,362            577         1,029
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360       1,289            536            705
MSNBC MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE         774            232            409
CNBC AMERICAN GREED           53             28             16
HLN NANCY GRACE         400            159            238
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SR/SANDUSKY VERDICT CVG       1,731            459            814
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         798            312            437
MSNBC MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE         649            213            374
CNBC MAD MONEY           36             10             26
HLN NANCY GRACE         441            182            259


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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.

  • Ralph Hahn

    WOW! Monday, FNC has(past)Friday on its mind. Breaking news! And, where is CNN?

  • Ralph Hahn

    Thursday’s numbers and posts have disappeared.

  • Ralph Hahn

    They’re back.

  • lbsles
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  • lbsles

    Gluskin Sheff chief economist David Rosenberg has remained bearish on the U.S. economy since the financial crisis ended in 2009, and now he puts it in stark terms.

    “We are living in a modern day depression,” Rosenberg tells Yahoo. “Never in the post-World War II experience have I seen a recovery languish as badly as this one.”

    The Fed’s expansionary fiscal and monetary policy has done little to help, he says.

    Read more: Gluskin’s Rosenberg: ‘We’re Living in a Modern Day Depression’

  • lbsles

    “If the president of the United States can choose to enforce or not enforce a law because he likes them or doesn’t like them, what about us? We don’t have the ability to choose which laws we obey or not. Without consequence. He does. The only consequence for him is at the ballot box.” -Rush Limbaugh

  • lbsles

    “It’s a dictator’s wet dream to do what Obama is doing. If he doesn’t agree with the law, voila, it’s no longer enforced. It may as well not even exist. That’s who he is, folks.” -Rush Limbaugh

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    RUSH: The Supreme Court today reaffirmed its two-year-old decision allowing corporations to spend freely to influence elections. Citizens United. When they get past Arizona here and they get to this, whatever good vibe they got from Arizona is gonna be totally destroyed. They are going to be livid over this.

  • lbsles

    Big Sis to AZ: Drop Dead
    June 25, 2012

    RUSH: Janet Napolitano has just sent out a directive: Don’t call us about illegals, Arizona. We’re suspending whatever agreements we had with you. We’re not helping you enforce federal immigration law.

  • lbsles

    Rasmussen: Only 22% Thinks Government Has Consent of Governed

    RUSH: Poll: “22% Believe Government Has Consent of Governed.” It’s a Rasmussen Report. Just 22% believe the government has the people’s consent. That’s not very many people. In other words, most people believe that we don’t matter. Government is out of control and on its own. Only 22% think things are working. And they’re the minority.

    There’s your Obama base.

  • lbsles

    Obama Losing White Support

    RUSH: I had a story last Friday that might be worth reminding you of today, like the wedding stuff. “Obama’s White Support Is Too Low to Win.” It’s by David Paul Kuhn. “President Obama does not currently have enough white support to win re-election even if he retains his minority base from 2008.” Is that likely to change? Well, I’m just asking. By the way, when Richardson was talking about millions of kids just got their health care, he’s talking about these 800,000 that Obama just legalized. That’s what he meant. There weren’t millions of kids that got health care last week. There wasn’t any new implementation of Obamacare. It was Obama’s amnesty for 800,000, which will be more.

    “Obama’s White Support Is Too Low to Win.” Pull quote. It includes white Hispanics, yes. “Whites helped give Obama his capital. He began his presidency with at least six-in-10 whites behind him. His white support first fell, as with independents, below 50 percent in the summer of 2009. … In 2010, whites backed GOP House candidates by a 60-38 margin. It gave Republicans a historic landslide. The white margin two years ago roughly matches the break-even point today. That’s because presidential electorates are browner and blacker, though possibly not enough for Democrats.”

    He’s dividing the country, and he’s going for the fringe of every minority group. That’s not the right way to put it. He’s trying to build a winning coalition among real fringe minority group. (interruption) Why is he running? Have you ever heard of power? He’s running for power, finish the job in America. He’s got no opposition in his second term. If he chooses not to run again, don’t have to worry about reelection. If he cancels the elections in 2016, and if he tries that, the biggest obstacle he’s gonna run into is the Clintons. Oh, no, no. But white support, too low to win. As I said Friday, they announced this last November, Thomas B. Edsall, they announced, the Obama campaign announced they were not gonna seek the votes of the white working class, the bitter clingers.

  • lbsles

    Boy these folks are getting desperate.

    One of my responsibilities as chief operating officer of this campaign is to sign off on travel costs — so I see every expense for a hotel room or plane ticket.

    If you win Dinner with Barack, I’ll be the one approving your flight arrangements from your town to your dinner with the President and First Lady.

    Managing the logistics of these dinners is tough, but we do it because giving supporters a seat at the table — literally — is a huge priority for this campaign. You guys are out there knocking on doors, making calls, and working hard to re-elect the President. You deserve a thank you.

    Plus, the donations you chip in make a huge difference in getting us ready for the long haul to November.

    The contest ends tomorrow night — so donate $3 or whatever you can right now to be automatically entered for a chance to join the President and First Lady for dinner:


    And don’t forget — I see the hotel bills, too, so don’t break in to that minibar.

    Good luck,

    Ann Marie

    Ann Marie Habershaw
    Chief Operating Officer
    Obama for America

  • lbsles

    Reuters Poll: 73% of Independents Oppose Obamacare
    Sunday, 24 Jun 2012 03:59 PM


  • lbsles

    Poll of the Day: Obamacare remains unpopular — RealClearPolitics polling average of the health care bill: 49.4% Oppose, 38.6% Support. The Supreme Court is expected to rule this week, perhaps even Monday, on the bill’s constitutionality.

  • lbsles

    On PBS’s Friday night “NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks, often considered to be a moderate voice in politics, said that attacking President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder for the Fast and Furious program “is a winner for the Republicans”

    In his weekly segment with syndicated columnist Mark Shields, Brooks explained that while he generally supports the concept that presidents have the ability to exercise executive privilege, using it under these circumstances might have been a mistake.

    “I’m in general a defender of executive privilege,” Brooks said. “I think it’s important for an administration to be able to have conversations about policy that will be private, so they can have a normal deliberative process. In this case — whether legally the administration is on solid ground in invoking it — that is a gray area. Politically, I think it’s stupid.”


  • lbsles

    A single internal Department of Justice email could be the smoking-gun document in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal — if it turns out to contain what congressional investigators have said it does.

    The document would establish that wiretap application documents show senior DOJ officials knew about and approved the gunwalking tactic in Fast and Furious. This is the opposite of what Attorney General Eric Holder and House oversight committee ranking Democratic member Rep. Elijah Cummings have claimed.

    It appears that email would also prove senior DOJ officials, likely including Holder himself, knew in March 2011 that a Feb. 4, 2011 letter from the DOJ to Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley falsely denied guns were permitted to “walk” into Mexico. The DOJ allowed that false letter to stand for nine more months, only withdrawing it in December 2011.

    During the June 24 broadcast of Fox News Sunday, House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa cited the email as a “good example” of a specific document his committee knows Holder is hiding from Congress.

    “The ATF director, Kenneth Melson, sent an e-mail. And he had said to us in sworn testimony that, in fact, he had concerns,” Issa said. “And we want to see that e-mail because that’s an example where he was saying, if we believe his sworn testimony, that guns walked. And he said it shortly after February 4, and [on] July 4. When he told us that, we began asking for that document.”

    But the details of it surfaced first when Grassley mentioned it for the first time publicly during a June 12 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing where Holder was testifying.

    “He [Melson] immediately sent an email warning others, ‘back off the letter to Sen. Grassley in light of the information in the affidavits,’” Grassley explained.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/06/25/atf-leaders-email-could-be-fast-and-furious-smoking-gun-and-holder-admitted-obama-cant-shield-it/#ixzz1yqPfOymb

  • Rick

    Am I reading the tables correctly. Looks like Anderson Cooper was on at 11:00 instead of EB Outfront.

    Was extended coverage of the Sandusky verdict on at that time?

    Is AC going to be broadcasting the entire night to get ratings up?

  • Coffee Steve

    Has CNN lost it’s “Big Story” syndrome? Usually they took the lead on big stories, but the past few ones Fox has maintained the lead

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