Cable News Ratings for Thursday, August 16, 2012

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August 17th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Thursday, August 16, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC    1,293        299         598
CNN      301         83         122
MSNBC      571        183         259
CNBC      189         53           97
FBN        63         15           26
HLN      211         85         121
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC    2,690        518       1,123
CNN      417         97         163
MSNBC    1,170        322         557
CNBC      294        118         149
FBN        94         32           45
HLN      319        108         186
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends    1,063        286         584
CNN Early Start/Starting Point      228         94         121
MSNBC Morning Joe      511        202         268
CNBC Squawk Box      115         26           66
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade      319        173         243
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE    1,778        373         760
CNN SITUATION ROOM      387         96         136
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS      845        172         305
CNBC FAST MONEY      242         42         119
HLN EVENING EXPRESS      241         88         119
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER    1,830        314         708
CNN SITUATION ROOM      349        100         120
MSNBC POLITICS NATION      837        165         291
CNBC MAD MONEY      195         39           96
HLN EVENING EXPRESS      130         40           58
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH    1,680        329         666
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      396        148         190
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS      842        209         358
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT      225         47         107
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL      191         73         110
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    3,346        651       1,360
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      452        127         178
MSNBC ED SHOW      938        281         421
CNBC CRIME INC: A DEADLY HIGH      207         70         100
HLN NANCY GRACE      431        112         253
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY    2,525        485       1,096
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT      469         77         168
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW    1,320        370         632
CNBC CRIME INC: WAR CNTRFT GDS      295        119         145
HLN DR. DREW      219         92         128
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA    2,169        410         904
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      330         87         143
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL    1,253        317         618
CNBC AMERICAN GREED      380        166         203
HLN NANCY GRACE      308        121         178
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    1,435        355         689
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      312         78         102
MSNBC ED SHOW      568        206         283
CNBC MAD MONEY      203         87         123
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT      158         51           76

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, 2012)

CNN/HLN: 99.727 million HHs

CNBC: 97.497 million HHs

FNC: 97.981 million HHs

MSNBC: 95.526 million HHs

Fox Business: 68.407 million HHs

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Coffee Steve

    Only Maddow maintained, Fox still up, and who is CNN?

  • Coffee Steve

    Sunday at 9PM, Jaun Williams will be having a Fox News Special on Education, seems like a worthy program to watch.

  • AppleStinx

    ‘Piers Morgan’ and ‘AC360-10pm’ dead last in the demo. ‘Erin Burnett Outfront-7pm’ was tops on CNN.

  • Coffee Steve


    I think the only way to save CNN is to shut down for a month, fire everybody, hire some real journalist like Cooper and Blitzer then come back as CNN2 and spend a month promoting real News.

  • G Canada

    Wow, Fox Rocks!
    Huge ratings…OMG for Fox

  • d.d.

    I actually watched one of those shows yesterday ….CRIME INC: A DEADLY HIGH
    It was on synthetic marijuana, the human consequences of it’s use & the tremendous amount of money being made selling it . One dinky little store in Duluth, MN. made $17,000 a day. Taxes paid to the Federal government from manufactures & stores that sell these products runs in the hundreds of millions of dollars a year.


    Same-old , same old, Illinois

    Illinois House expels Rep. Derrick Smith over bribery charge

    State lawmakers today kicked out a West Side Democrat accused of taking a $7,000 bribe, marking the first expulsion from the Illinois House since 1905.


    The Cook Political Report has some new changes.




    Juan Williams is a big believer in charter schools. He’s done an excellent video about Chicago charter schools.

  • lbsles

    SE Cupp thrashes MSNBC host’s ‘racist code’ conspiracy theory

    MSNBC is on quite a roll this week – first one of the hosts called Mitt Romney a ‘criminal’ who has likely committed a felony. Then another host said Mitt Romney’s use of the word ‘angry’ to describe Barack Obama was really just racist code to fire up the racist republican base. SE Cupp stepping in and thoroughly dismantled the allegation.

    In the segment, The Cycle co-host Toure said of Romney, “You notice he said anger twice. He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama, the ‘otherization,’ he’s not like us.”

    “I know it’s a heavy thing, I don’t say it lightly, but this is ‘ni**erization,’ he added. “You are not one of us, you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.”

    After playing the audio, Glenn jumped in, “You talk about a conspiracy theorist, you know, me being a conspiracy theorist, I didn’t get the decoder ring in the box of cereal.”

    In the segment,fellow co-host S.E. Cupp, however, shot back “Certainly you were implying that Mitt Romney and the base will respond to this dog-whistle, racially-charged coding, and hate Obama, the angry black man?”

    When Toure said that was “absolutely” what he meant, Cupp said, “Joe Biden made the overtly racial comment and has a history of making bigoted remarks. Mitt Romney was responding to the comment. Yet he is the one responsible for the whole Republican history of racism in politics?”

    It’s nice to know that even though S.E. is outnumbered, she is bringing at least one lone, sane voice to the wasteland of journalism that is MSNBC.

    Watch video:

  • lbsles

    Secret ‘Menu’ Details Perks at DNC Convention for Obama Bundlers
    Obama loves rewarding those 1%ers that support him.

    From ABC News:

    Those seeking invites to the most lavish receptions at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, “gold ticket” access to “dialogues,” and private breakfast briefings with party luminaries, can expect a hefty price of admission.

    A list of high-end convention packages circulated by the Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee, and obtained by ABC News, shows that those and other perks are being offered to donors who raise $1 million or donate $100,000 to the convention’s nonprofit planning arm.

    The cash-for-access formula has been a longtime staple of national political conventions, and though Democrats told ABC News they have tried to shift the focus to access for grassroots supporters this year, critics say the menu of perks for donors is a reminder that those giving big dollars can still expect special treatment.

  • Coffee Steve


    Read Williams Books, Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate, and the one I had my Daughter read last year Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary

    They are great reading d.d.

    By the way d.d. & Rats, O’Reillys “Killing Kennedy” come out in 2 months, if it’s as good as his other, we’re in for a treat.

  • lbsles

    “Obama’s only hope was to avoid talk of the economy; Ryan forces him to talk about budgets nonstop.” -Doug Urbanski

  • lbsles

    “There’s a great sense of humility and honor that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan show out on the trail. Wait until November 6th. There’s a Chick-fil-A moment coming.” -Doug Urbanski

  • Coffee Steve


    Did you see Al Roker of the Today show, like totally trash Matt Lauer? They have alot of trouble over there in peacock land lbsles.

  • lbsles

    Romney To Obama: “Take Your Campaign Of Division And Anger And Hate Back To Chicago

    “Everywhere I go in America, there are monuments that list those who have given their lives for liberty. There’s no mention of their race, their party affiliation or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the United States of America,” Mitt Romney said at a campaign event in Ohio on Tuesday evening.

    “So, Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America,” Romney said.

    CNN ditched coverage of the speech after Romney’s line about Chicago.

  • lbsles
  • lbsles
  • lbsles

    What’s wrong with CNN? Rewind to 1991, the first night of the First Gulf War. American attack planes are dropping laser-guided missiles on strategic targets in Baghdad. CNN, with Peter Arnett reporting from Baghdad and Bernard Shaw anchoring from the US, owns the story. So much so that then-NBC News President Michael Gartner gave up on his own news division’s coverage of the outbreak of war and ordered them to carry the CNN feed for the remainder of the evening. (A decision, predictably, that led to Mr. Gartner’s eventual dismissal).

    CNN was in that position because its founder, Ted Turner, imagined that it might be, someday. When the day came, it wasn’t luck. It was, to alter Branch Rickey’s phrase, the residue of Mr. Turner’s leadership.

    Fast forward to last Sunday. There’s an episode of the “Newsroom” airing on HBO. In it, a “Newsroom” producer shows his fellow “Newsroom” staffers how CNN Headline News anchor Nancy Grace and her production staff shamelessly hype and distort the Casey Anthony story for maximum ratings impact. No one at Time Warner (which owns HBO and CNN) said to anyone at HBO: “you can’t say that about another division of this company.” What was the point? What “Newsroom” creator Aaron Sorkin wrote into last Sunday’s episode wasn’t wrong. It was true.

    In a little over twenty years, CNN devolved from the most important television news organization in the world to another channel to skim through or skip over.


  • Suikostinger

    This lbsles guy is scary eh?

  • Robbie

    You can tell we are getting closer and closer to the election. Both FOX and MSNBC’s numbers are inching higher. Going to be a nasty election, which is too bad. Both sides are polar opposites, the electorate really has a choice on which direction they want to go.

  • Robbie

    Suikostinger, I think you and I do not agree politically, but we both agree on this one…very scary!

  • Ratboy

    @ Coffee Steve
    that was no boo boo in Thurs room that was a YIKES!!! :lol:

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