Cable News Ratings for Friday, June 22, 2012

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June 25th, 2012

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.

  • dave

    fourth place for Ed in the key demo…..he should be toast

  • Jeff

    HISPANIC REPUBLICAN LEADER CALLS ROMNEY EVASION ON IMMIGRATION ISSUES INDEFENSIBLE | Some Republicans are becoming uncomfortable with Mitt Romney’s campaign strategy of avoiding positions on tough policy issues and floating generalities about how he would lead the nation if elected in November. Here is Ana Navarro — who advised Jeb Bush and served as the national co-chair of John McCain’s Hispanic Advisory Council — speaking out against the candidate’s resistance to weighing in on the Supreme Court’s ruling against Arizona’s immigration law.

    Romney has also refused to say if he would repeal President Obama’s directive deferring deportation for DREAM-eligible young people.

  • Jeff

    Fox “Straight News” Comes To Defense Of GOP-Linked Anti-Health Reform Group

    Earlier this month, Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) questioning whether the group, whose lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act is currently before the Supreme Court, truly represents the interests of small businesses. The NFIB has deep connections to conservative political groups and spends millions backing Republican candidates. And with the Supreme Court’s ruling expected later this week, Fox’s straight news programming is coming to the NFIB’s defense. 

    In a June 12 letter to NFIB president Dan Danner, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), co-chairs of the Democratic Congressional Progressive Caucus, questioned the NFIB’s claim that it represents small business interests, writing: 

    We believe the financial ties of the NFIB to corporate-funded political activist groups such as Crossroads GPS — whose parent organization, American Crossroads, counts Karl Rove as an adviser and whose president, Steven Law, was formerly general counsel at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — call into question the NFIB’s role in speaking for small business interests. Given recent disclosures about your finances and those of other groups, we are writing to ask who is funding your lawsuit and other legal and political operations. 

    Why is NFIB the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that, if found in your favor, would thrust small business owners back into the ineffective system of skyrocketing rates and low-quality coverage? This is not in the best interest of small business owners, and it does not reflect the popular opinion of the American small business community. As CBS News recently reported, while you continue to argue the law will hurt small businesses, “Other small business groups argue the opposite, claiming that the law is already lowering costs, expanding firms’ insurance options, and easing the process of arranging coverage.” 

    Fox’s Megyn Kelly and Stuart Varney discussed the letter on today’s edition of America Live. After Kelly introduced the segment, Varney said that “it’s very clear that small businesses in America do not like Obamacare,” and cited polling that backed up his assertion. When asked by Kelly the purpose of Grijalva and Ellison’s letter, Varney said the letter is “an attempt to intimidate, an attempt to get out in front and be critical of this group before an adverse ruling comes.” 

    After Kelly suggested that Grijalva and Ellison are “sort of tarring [the NFIB] with a Republican, right-leaning sort of agenda when, in fact, they have a small business agenda,” Varney responded by saying: “I would hesitate to use the word propaganda, but that comes pretty close.” 

    As Salon has noted, the NFIB has a clear record of partisan activism. According to Salon, “The group has given vastly more to GOP candidates than to Democrats, with over 90 percent of its contributions going to Republicans for the past 15 years, on average. So far this year, they’ve given almost $300,000 to GOP candidates and just $3,500 to Democrats.”

    In the 2010 election cycle, NFIB’s political action committee spent more than a million dollars to support Republican candidates. It spent none on Democrats. 

    And, according to Bloomberg Business Week, Karl Rove’s American Crossroads gave $3.7 million to the NFIB last year. 

    This is not the first time Fox has come to the defense of a GOP-allied group. After Coca-Cola cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) following a boycott by the advocacy group Color of Change, Fox provided ALEC a platform to defend itself and did not ask about funding ALEC receives from the controversial Koch brothers or why ALEC was pushing for voter ID laws in the absence of evidence of voter fraud, among other things. 

  • Jeff

    Fox’s Kelly Hosts Conspiracy Theorist McCarthy For Baseless Fast And Furious Speculation

    Today on Fox News’ America Live, Megyn Kelly offered repeated tension-filled teases for an interview with a “former DOJ official” who she promised would explain how the White House “had to know” about the controversial tactics used in the ATF’s failed Operation Fast and Furious and would provide “his take on what Mr. [Attorney General Eric] Holder likely knew and when he knew it.” But Kelly’s big get wasn’t someone with any actual knowledge of the operation or its aftermath, but rather Andrew C. McCarthy, the resident anti-Obama conspiracy theorist at the right-wing National Review.

    McCarthy’s credentials to make broad claims about what the White House and senior DOJ officials would be limited even if his credibility was not; he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in New York, not at DOJ headquarters in Washington, DC, and left public service in 2003. 

    But McCarthy’s credibility certainly is in question. While McCarthy first gained fame for prosecuting the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, in recent years he has become known for his viciously anti-Muslim rhetoric and adoption of conspiracy theories.

    In a 2011 New Republic post calling McCarthy a “walking clearinghouse of right-wing conspiracies,” Jonathan Chait noted that McCarthy has written:

    Obama’s radicalism, beginning with his Alinski/ACORN/community organizer period, is a bottom-up socialism.  This, I’d suggest, is why he fits comfortably with Ayers, who (especially now) is more Maoist than Stalinist.  What Obama is about is infiltrating (and training others to infiltrate) bourgeois institutions in order to change them from within — in essence, using the system to supplant the system.  A key requirement of this stealthy approach (very consistent with talking vaporously about “change” but never getting more specific than absolutely necessary) is electability.

    McCarthy has also:

    Used his platform at National Review’s The Corner blog to question whether Bill Ayers was the true author of President Obama’s 1995 memoir Dreams From My Father, citing Jack Cashill’s flawed analysis. He subsequently doubled down on the theory after National Review colleague Jonathan Adler criticized the hypothesis as “outlandish” and “nutter-territory stuff.”
    Written a book that invoked numerous smears and falsehoods in order to make the case that President Obama has “Islamist sympathies” and “seem[s] disposed” to “advance the cause of Islam in the world.” McCarthy also suggested that Obama’s 1981 visit to Pakistan could indicate that he was “a citizen of an Islamic country.”
    Dissented from a National Review editorial criticizing birtherism by questioning the significance of the birth certificate Obama released in 2008 and speculating that Obama may be a “Muslim citizen of Indonesia.”
    Attacked DOJ lawyers who previously defended terrorism suspects as having “work[ed] for the enemy.”
    Pushed the myth that at an event is 2007, Obama “marched with members of the New Black Panther Party.”
    Dissented from a National Review editorial denying the existence of “death panels” in health care reform, writing that “Palin was right.”
    Declared that “what ‘radicalizes’ Muslims is Islam — the mainstream interpretation of it.”
    Pushed a baseless conspiracy theory that Obama gave Interpol broad powers to investigate U.S. citizens without being limited by the Constitution.
    Wrote that The New York Times “sided with al Qaeda” by publishing an article describing a secret Bush administration program designed to monitor international financial transaction.

  • Jeff

    Fox’s Smith, Napolitano Undermine Own Network’s Claim That Arizona Immigration Ruling Was A Defeat For Obama


  • Jeff

    Limbaugh Entertains Absurd Conspiracy Theory That President Obama Might “Dispense With Elections”


  • DB

    Jeffie, get a job and do something useful with your life!!

    Stevie, google Van Barfoot, now that is a military man who deserves our respect.

  • d.d.

    McCarthy has also used his platform at National Review’s The Corner blog to question whether Bill Ayers was the true author of President Obama’s 1995 memoir Dreams From My Father, citing Jack Cashill’s flawed analysis.

    – – –

    Did Bill Ayers Write Obama’s Book?

    I remember reading this several years ago . I ’ve heard Bill Ayers strongly hint twice that he did indeed ghost write the book. Ghost writing is acceptable except in this case because :

    Unfortunately for Obama, he was caught at a July 10, 2008, meeting in Fairfax, Virginia proudly saying the following:

    “I’ve written two books. I actually wrote them myself.”



    Economists give Obama and Congress a ‘D’

    CNN Money asked 20 economists to give the Obama administration and the current Congress a letter grade for their performance on the economy. And none of those surveyed gave either one an A.

    While both received overall averages of D, Obama did a little better than Congress, scoring three B’s and only one F.


    Night all.

  • Jeff

    @DB, my thoughts about you_____________________________________________________________.


    Jim & mwa soon to follow with simular stupidity, watch!


  • REM

    results for jeffie brain scan _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ no sign of any intelligance

  • Jeff

    This is great!!

    Check it out!!


  • Suikostinger


    Just completely ignoring the whole first page covered by lbsles, and going straight for Jeff…..typical from him though.

  • UpAndOver

    obama is a pendejo….

  • Italian mike


    I’ve been listening to Rush for years. He always says things like that. Refering to the Obama wants to get rid of elections. I just laugh it off.

  • eggmanbill

    Laura Ingraham cannot carry a show, I think O’Reilly is just protecting his persona because she is intellectually challenged.

  • Italian mike

    I see tingles (I stole that one from ratboy) got better ratings with a guest host. He should be under 100,000 in the 25-54 demo. now that he is back. Matthews, there is no bigger joke in the news.

  • Italian mike

    Laura Ingraham is a smart girl. She grew up in the next town over from me in Conn. She wrote a number of pretty good books. She actually did the writing.

  • Italian mike


    Media Matters is tax exempt aren’t they? Non partisan they claim to be? A media watchdog?

    I’m just messing with you. I would like to know how they got tax exempt status. Please progressives enlighten me.

  • Coffee Steve


    Just watched a NASA conference on Global Warming, oh I’m sorry, Climate Change, and the Godfather of Global Warming smacked down a bunch of his buddies on the hysteria of it. Being the little curious tyoe I am :-) I did some checking myself.

    The majority of major heat waves happened before the industrial revolution, in the early 10’s, 20’s and 30’s. While the agreement was warming is taking place, which it is, they seemed to agree that a warming cycle could be contributing as much as anything.

    Thought you may want to read some on this

    Here is a link to the all time heat records for the United States.


  • Coffee Steve

    Have a great evening everyone

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