Cable News Ratings for Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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August 8th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for August 7, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,073            231            465
CNN         296             78            125
MSNBC         508            165            231
CNBC         175             57             98
FBN           57             13             25
HLN         183             76            109
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,969            334            683
CNN         405            120            184
MSNBC         904            234            390
CNBC         192             92            116
FBN           48             19             22
HLN         257             81            123
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,005            266            560
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         222             81            102
MSNBC Morning Joe         405            142            221
CNBC Squawk Box         102             24             57
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         240            135            174
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,652            343            665
CNN SITUATION ROOM         573            109            177
MSNBC S OLY PM         742            250            312
CNBC S OLY PM         338            152            208
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         116             37             53
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,675            294            651
CNN SITUATION ROOM         384            103            151
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         625            140            237
CNBC S OLY PM         474            227            288
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         102             39             65
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,422            284            565
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         425             87            172
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         964            240            413
CNBC S OLY PM         482            195            275
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         260             74             98
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,488            423            888
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         444            115            184
MSNBC ED SHOW         948            212            382
CNBC MOB MONEY         201            106            109
HLN NANCY GRACE         328            102            151
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       1,864            337            665
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         426            116            185
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       1,005            292            446
CNBC 60 MINUTES ON CNBC         193             95            120
HLN DR. DREW         228             79            100
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,551            240            498
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         344            129            184
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         758            199            343
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         181             74            118
HLN NANCY GRACE         214             63            117
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR         870            255            417
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         195             50             99
MSNBC ED SHOW         417            132            219
CNBC MAD MONEY           85             33             63
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         163             60             91

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.

  • AppleStinx

    Coffee Steve wrote: “I’ve met Randy Travis 3 times, trust me, you DON’T want to see him nekkid.”

    I surely don’t. What struck me as bizarre was Shep Smith saying the word “nekkid” over and over. Maybe it’s just me. Well, at least he didn’t giggle.

  • Ralph Hahn

    That’s Shep! He doesn’t act like a pompous a-hole like the network news anchors. Shep is one of us. Shep knows that he was not speaking the King’s English, but who cares? I loved when he did daily news on Britney Spears during her shaved-head period. “Here’s the latest on Brit-Brit.” Late in my radio news career, I was told that I should NOT point out if I saw something silly or said something silly, or if an audio cut didn’t play.
    That was totally against of what I was on the air. Be honest with people, confess that you screwed up and then move on. Ignoring a HUGE gaffe was like the 800lb gorilla in the room. How could one with a brain NOT react by acknowledging a gaffe? He’s not a clown and is pretty damn serious when he’s on serious news. That’s what made Shep the 2nd most trusted news anchor, just behind NBC’s Tom Brokaw.

  • Bruno

    I cant believe that there are still some people in here that actually think that Obama or Romney will help the country, why cant you people get through your heads yet.

    Obama and Romney are the same.

  • Matthew

    @Hillbilly: “Now tell me how the debt & interest we pay on the debt is NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT?”

    You seem to have a chronic inability to understand the difference between “not a priority” and “nothing to worry about.” Your interest argument is still flawed, because even in 2020, interest on the debt as a % of GDP is projected to be 3.5%, still LOWER than it was in the 90s and 80s. You are overly obsessed with the size of the number, rather than the number’s context relative to the size of the economy and the value of the dollar.

    You have not once described any way in which the national debt is related to our present economic problems, or how making it a priority will do anything other than worsen the present economy. “This might happen in 2040…” is about as disconnected from the present as you can get. I believe I have explained, quite thoroughly, why problems typically associated with a high national debt (inflation, interest on the debt) are not significant factors in the current downturn, and you have not offered anything to contradict this.

    You also fail to acknowledge the fact that I have, on several occasions, mentioned that we have a long-term debt problem related to the viability of Medicare and Social Security, which is completely unrelated to short-term debt resulting from the massive destruction of wealth that occurred in 2008. I have never said we shouldn’t solve the long-term debt, I’ve said it’s a matter of priorities.

    Additionally, I offered a straight-forward enough solution in the thread days ago: If the Republicans truly consider the debt to be a top priority, why have they not proposed a plan that raises revenue to 20% of GDP and lowers spending to 15% of GDP? There’s not a single proposed major GOP plan that creates surpluses, or even comes close. The reasoning behind these flawed plans reveals the fact that the debt isn’t truly a priority for the GOP: “We can’t raise taxes, it’ll hurt the economy.” In other words, “The economy is a greater priority than the debt, and we’re okay with deficit driven recovery.”

    “We can’t cut defense spending, because it might harm national security.” In other words, defense is a greater priority than the debt. Agricultural subsidies are a greater priority, energy subsidies are a greater priority. If they truly considered the debt the top priority, they would accept ANY SACRIFICE to bring it down. It’s all still ‘Starve the Beast,’ which is the exact opposite of fiscal responsibility: It’s fiscal irresponsibility for the express purpose of achieving a fanatical goal.

    I’ll say one final thing on this: If you really, truly believe that the national debt should be our top priority right now, why in the world are you going to vote for Mitt Romney in November? Romney, along with the rest of the Republican contenders, had his proposals scored months ago by the CFRB. Projections show that fully implementing the Romney platform will INCREASE the debt over BASELINE PROJECTIONS. I cannot stress the ‘over baseline projections’ part enough: That means that if the federal government didn’t pass a single piece of legislation over the next 8 years, that would increase the debt LESS than the Romney platform.

  • Dreamer

    “which is completely unrelated to short-term debt resulting from the massive destruction of wealth that occurred in 2008.”

    And where is this wealth?

  • Matthew

    “And where is this wealth?”

    It was destroyed by the deflation of certain commodities, and the housing market. The assets still exist, but the wealth they represented does not, which has lead to near-global recession in demand. This is significant in the United States, because around 70% of our economy is driven by domestic consumption, which has fallen in favor of saving; Most people aren’t interested in going out and buying widgets when they’re worried about whether or not they’ll keep a roof over their head. And, despite low overall inflation, middle class and and poor families are getting hit by a sort of worst of both worlds scenario: Their houses and savings have deflated in value massively, while at the same time, food is going way up due to factors outside of our control, such as drought.

  • Dreamer

    I do not buy it. Wealth only changes hands, never disapears.

  • Dreamer

    But then again to me, wealth is but a comodoty.

  • Dreamer


  • Matthew

    “I do not buy it. Wealth only changes hands, never disapears.”

    Wealth is subject to consensus, and perceived value – For example, if all of my personal ‘wealth’ is in real estate, my wealth would have greatly declined in 2008, without changing hands. One only has wealth (at least, wealth that isn’t related to control of vital resources, such as food, land, and water) so long as there’s someone else who recognizes your possessions as indicative of wealth.

    Having a mountain of gold only makes you wealthy so long as someone else who has something that you want recognizes gold as a valuable thing, and is willing to trade resources with you in exchange for your gold; otherwise all you have is a mountain of shiny metal. If perceived value has declined, then perceived wealth has also declined, which undermines confidence, and leads to a propensity for saving rather than a propensity for spending.

  • Dreamer

    @ Matthew
    Not all people have wealth only in goods. Some gather from other means.

  • Dreamer

    P, Haaha

  • Coffee Steve

    Good Morning Everyone

    89 Days until

    “Change” & Hope :-)

  • Letmethink

    Early Start/Starting Point still just slightly above 200. At least on Morning Joe they are skewering obama on the latest ads. But Colbert is making fun of increase in pizza prices. Hope he realizes that because of this administrations policies everything is going up. Ethanol has been a “baby” for both parties. When will they realized the unintended consequences of this policy?
    Headed out for funeral for ex. See you in a couple of days. Keep up the good discussions and take care all.
    Yes, Coffee Steve, I am hoping and praying for a change.

  • d.d.

    Morning , Guys

    I want to get this out of the way before I start reading the news.


    Hi D.D
    The best option most teachers in Chicago agreed with was to raise the percentage of pension they contribute.
    – –
    Hi , back , Faith.

    Teachers in Illinois public schools are required by state law to contribute 9.4% of their pay to the TRS (teacher retirement system). But a study by the Illinois Policy Institute & ABC Newsfound that while there are 867 school districts in Illinois, in 555 of them, the teachers pay only some, or none ,of that 9.4%. Their 9.4% contribution is paid for by income and property taxes. And this exploitive arrangement was made in secret, with no input from the local homeowners. College administrators continue to hide their income and benefits from taxpayers. Politicians in Illinois have pandered to one group of people at the expense of others.

    An independent fact finder has recommended that Chicago teachers receive a 14.85 percent raise to “compensate teachers for working a longer school day and year,” a union official union said Monday. Teachers wanted 30% & the nation’s third-largest school district authorized their leaders to call a strike this fall. In fairness, I think I remember that the school board took 4% away from these teachers last year

    THERE IS NO MONEY. Between pensions & raises in salaries , Illinois is more than tapped out.


    A second credit rating agency lowers outlook for CPS

    Wednesday, August 08, 2012

    A credit rating agency has changed its outlook for Chicago Public Schools bonds from stable to negative because of the district’s troubled financial situation.

    Fitch Rating, with headquarters in both New York and London, said the district’s financial challenges in 2014 when CPS will face $338 million in back pension payments is leading to the negative outlook.

    – – –

    Pension raiders

    Both parties to blame for why your tax bill hurts

    Tuesday, August 07, 2012

    When you paid your Cook County property tax bill last week, you may have noticed how much government employee pensions are costing you.

    Under the bill’s “pension” column, I noted that 18 percent of the property tax levied by my suburban municipality went for pensions. Made me wonder how a business could survive with that kind of cost on its balance sheet.

    But I guess that wasn’t so bad; 41 percent of the tax levied on my property by Cook County is for pensions.

    – – –

    Get pension reform done

    Monday, August 06, 2012

    We wish we could be optimistic about the special session that Gov. Pat Quinn has called for next week to work on meaningful pension reform.

    But the lack of courage among legislators to deal with an $83 billion unfunded liability remains predictable, particularly as elections approach in November. Given those circumstances, there doesn’t seem to be anything magical about Aug. 17.


    The public-sector unions now control the legislators in Illinois, &, they, not the taxpayers, are in control of government. Politicians make promises for votes, & , by the time the fat hits the fire, they are out of office. What a corrupt system , As a result, the whole state suffers. Welfare cuts to the needy are on the table. Small time vendors can’t feed their families with I.O.U.’s & some have lost their businesses. It’s no wonder Illinois is called the” Deadbeat State, ” not only in the US , but , I read about the state’s finances in international online papers, too.

    This is Illinois , one of the most reckless states , but, forms of this are occurring in most states , & , will need to be addressed soon by more states.

    * The Sunshine Review has info , plus, footnotes, if interested in full review of Illinois’s deadbeat status & how they arrived where they are now.



    You should be high fiving this.

    News Corp Posts $1.6B Loss

    UK scandal hits Murdoch firm’s bottom line

  • Coffee Steve

    *Obama camp denies knowledge of cancer tale it told in May

    But there’s a problem. As Politico first reported, Soptic told essentially the same story in a May 14, 2012, conference call hosted by the Obama campaign. Here’s what he said then, according to a partial recording of the call passed along by a Republican official

    Campaign officials flatly denied any knowledge of the facts in the case—but it turns out the widower told the same story on an Obama campaign conference call in mid-May.

    Seems hope and change has turned into smear and flat out lie.

  • Coffee Steve

    @d.d. This is now coming to light on Fast & Furious

    Oh, oh!

    High-Ranking Mexican Drug Cartel Member Makes Explosive Allegation: ‘Fast and Furious’ Is Not What You Think It Is

    It wasn’t about tracking guns, it was about supplying them — all part of an elaborate agreement between the U.S. government and Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa Cartel to take down rival cartels.

    The explosive allegations are being made by Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, known as the Sinaloa Cartel’s “logistics coordinator.” He was extradited to the Chicago last year to face federal drug charges.

    Zambada-Niebla claims that under a “divide and conquer” strategy, the U.S. helped finance and arm the Sinaloa Cartel through Operation Fast and Furious in exchange for information that allowed the DEA, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal agencies to take down rival drug cartels. The Sinaloa Cartel was allegedly permitted to traffic massive amounts of drugs across the U.S. border from 2004 to 2009 as long as the intel kept coming.

  • theboss1

    Well I see the typical right-wing wackos are going vehemently after MSNBC again, so I will continue my refrain: Rave On, MSNBC! You must be doing something right to earn so much ridicule, scorn, and consternation! As long as you continue to piss off the Righties, Rave On!!!!

  • lbsles

    Morning all

    A little reading to start your day off with

    Obama’s Bad Aim

    Romney has proven remarkably resistant to Obama’s negative attacks. While they are freezing the race in its current pattern, they are not eroding the Republican vote share. The GOP candidate needs to rebut these attacks by pointing to the good deeds he has done at Bain Capital, but the larger question is why aren’t the Obama negatives working better?
    I believe that they are poorly aimed. If you believe all the garbage about Romney that the Obama campaign is broadcasting, what do you have? You’ve got a candidate who only cares about the rich. You’d have to believe he’s hard-hearted and not conversant with the difficulties the average family faces.

    That’s not the real Mitt Romney. But neither is it a portrait of a candidate you can’t vote for. You don’t have to be warm and fuzzy to be a good president. You don’t have to feel the pain of every American. You’ve got just to be a competent, smart, energetic, activist who has the right answers for the economy. And there’s nothing in the Obama barrage that would disabuse anyone of that notion of Mitt Romney.


    But Obama has a problem. Romney is really not a threat and Obama really is incompetent.


  • theboss1

    Oh, by-the -way, I don’t know Matthew, but he understands economics. Kudos to him. I suggest fair-minded folks listen to what he says. He knows his sh*t.

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