Cable News Ratings for Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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September 19th, 2012





Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for September 18, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,351            316            598
CNN         432            151            213
MSNBC         823            256            384
CNBC         158             44             79
FBN           60             12             27
HLN         190             85            112
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,486            526         1,067
CNN         710            283            394
MSNBC       1,785            575            845
CNBC         203             89            115
FBN           61             14             26
HLN         219             86            120
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,166            327            638
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         254            104            147
MSNBC Morning Joe         675            225            362
CNBC Squawk Box         114             27             60
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         264            153            192
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       2,048            385            791
CNN SITUATION ROOM         479             95            165
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,396            321            520
CNBC FAST MONEY         161             13             81
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         110             22             54
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       2,082            403            782
CNN SITUATION ROOM         413            121            184
MSNBC POLITICS NATION       1,101            327            489
CNBC MAD MONEY         226             63            112
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           96             46             50
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       2,059            420            877
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         498            170            246
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,175            387            550
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         179             34             71
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         138             43             46
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       3,349            682         1,446
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         723            328            415
MSNBC ED SHOW       1,573            487            713
CNBC COSTCO CRAZE, THE         191             64            127
HLN NANCY GRACE         297            115            156
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       2,246            513         1,020
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         662            253            394
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       2,040            703         1,023
CNBC 60 MINUTES ON CNBC         192             76             85
HLN DR. DREW         191             78            110
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,843            383            729
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         746            268            374
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL       1,743            535            799
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         226            125            134
HLN NANCY GRACE         169             66             93
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,134            337            581
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         509            217            263
MSNBC ED SHOW         888            278            378
CNBC MAD MONEY           89             52             53
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         225            117            135

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.

  • Sam

    “Huntsman, Pawlenty, oh come on. Yeah we are going to let you lefties choose our candidate. We did that last time with McCain. How did that work out for us?”

    The problem with Romney is that there wasn’t any far right conservative in the race so he took advantage and pretended to be far right and a LOT of the far right crowd actually believed him. I know you guys even want MORE conservative man than Romney to be running like Demmint for example. But think about it, that’s just like if the left wanted to elect Sean Penn for office. Will that work ?

  • Jeff

    Sen. Scott Brown “won’t say if he still supports Romney” oh boy, this GOP cookie is beginning to crumble.

  • Sicilian Papa

    If Obama wins I want Pelosi and Reid. We may as well go down the toilet with one big flush.

    The left and the corrupt vermin in the lib. media may get Obama another four years. That still won’t make him a success.

    16.3 trillion in debt on election day. 10.6 when he took office.

  • Doug Z

    Jeff read the Quran , I have one on my desk for people like you.

    the common people are not bad any where. It is the leaders.

  • Sicilian Papa

    You got Obama. He is to the left of Lenin.

  • Jeff

    @ Sam

    Sean Penn could beat Mitt Romney, if 82 year old Clint Eastwood and an empty chair can upstage Romney at his own convention nomination, Sean Penn could probably beat Romney as well. Heck Snookie and Lohan are gaining ground…..lol!

  • PoodlePower

    @Doug Z

    It seems we should never make a general statement about Muslims. General statements are reserved to Christians, Jews, GOPers, Right-Wingers, Righties, Tea-Baggers, and NRA members. Muslims are just too diverse to group into one big bowl of punch.

  • Sam

    @ Sicilian papa,

    “You got Obama. He is to the left of Lenin.”

    That’s actually true… about the imaginary invisible Obama that you guys created in your heads.

    The REAL Obama is actually very conservative to many progressives, I personally see him as a centrist.

  • Gabriel

    Doug Z
    Posted September 19, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Mother Jones, the left-wing magazine that released a controversial video of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s remarks to a fundraiser in May, now admits that it has no full tape of what Romney said, and that its video is missing “one to two minutes” at the most important moment.

    Lies do work do they not


    Presidential candidates don’t usually call half of the country unmotivated sloths. Hahaha. I can almost feel another Obama term looming like an impending cardiac arrest.

  • Jeff

    Hey Righties!!!!! Remember all your drama on this matter???

    (CBS/AP) The Justice Department’s inspector general cleared Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday of knowing about the gun-walking operation known as Fast and Furious that allowed thousands of weapons to cross into Mexico.

    Politico-The report essentially clears Attorney General Eric Holder — who has become lightning rod for Republican criticism of the operation — of any wrongdoing or errors in judgment.

    (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department’s internal watchdog faulted 14 federal employees on Wednesday for the botched anti-gun-trafficking effort known as “Operation Fast and Furious,” prompting two senior officials to leave the government but clearing Attorney General Eric Holder of any wrongdoing.

    Poor RePubs, you failed on Solydra, now failed again on Fast And Furious with all the phony accusations and conspiracy theories.

  • Sam


    Rachel Maddow killed everyone, even Bill. I believe this is the best non-event ratings she had on her show since it begun in 2008. Congratulations Rachel.

  • Doug Z

    Sicilian Papa
    Posted September 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    You got Obama. He is to the left of Lenin

    where you come up with the idea that Lenin was on the left. He was nothing but a self centered power grabber full of propaganda. He was not a communist and certainly not from the left. After the revolution. Nothing changed but the faces . there is no difference between Czar Nicholas and the nobleman in the so-called leadership that took over Russia.

    just more royalty and elitist running the Over the common man

  • Gabriel

    Posted September 19, 2012 at 3:14 PM
    @Doug Z

    It seems we should never make a general statement about Muslims. General statements are reserved to Christians, Jews, GOPers, Right-Wingers, Righties, Tea-Baggers, and NRA members. Muslims are just too diverse to group into one big bowl of punch.


    This is an area in which the US cannot afford to concede ground. Offended Muslims should either avoid watching offensive materials or dry hump camels. Providing any other option is irresponsible.

  • Jeff

    Noticed today update on iPad & iPhone changing app name for msnbc to NBC News., The name change is coming from NBC News getting out from under the Microsoft Rock.

  • PoodlePower

    “…dry hump camels…”


  • Jeff

    Speaker John Boner must be crying again :(

    AG. Eric Holder was never dragged out in handcuffs and put into a congressional jail cell like he hoped and prayed for.

    So sad that the family of the fallen border agent was used as pawns in this witch hunt. Their calls have gone unanswered from the politically motivated RePubs. That’s the second tragedy in this matter.

  • Gabriel

    Posted September 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Muslims in general are great people, your broad statement is very inaccurate and ridiculous.


    They’re great as long as you’re not drawing a picture called “the prophet” on a piece of paper. That’s an offense worthy of decapitation.

  • PoodlePower

    We are on a dangerous path if we continue to ban school dances and religious relics while assigning all but the mildest form of expression as ‘hate crime’ all in order to avoid offending someone because of the possible law suit or ignorant uprisings resulting in death in some other part of the world. We are guaranteed the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness (understood to be material possession by the founding fathers), not the right to not be offended.

    I gotta be careful or I’ll start ranting on this.

  • Jeff

    Great read, seems there may be some truth…

    The Democratic National Convention last week provided an opportunity for MSNBC to introduce themselves to a wider audience. And that they did. The channel was viewed in primetime by more than nine million people during the three days of the convention. That’s nearly 10% higher than the RNC viewership. And for the first time ever they scored a ratings victory over top-rated Fox News for a full week.

    With the conventions over MSNBC still has the glow of victory about it. On Monday September 10, Rachel Maddow beat Sean Hannity by 12% in the key 25-54 year old demographic. Lawrence O’Donnell had an even bigger margin of victory (29%) over Greta Van Susteren. And for good measure, the repeat of The Ed Show beat the repeat of the O’Reilly Factor, and Maddow’s repeat beat Hannity’s. That’s four solid hours on top for MSNBC.

    These wins were achieved without the help of the convention. And the programs on Fox were stacked with guests that should have been big draws for them. Hannity featured Tea Party darling, Sen. Rand Paul. Van Susteren touted an exclusive with Rep. Darrell Issa who has been hammering the Obama administration over the salacious (and phony) Fast & Furious controversy.

    If MSNBC can hold just a portion of these numbers over time, it could signal a turnaround in the cable news hierarchy. MSNBC has not been particularly successful in building their audience, while Fox has masterfully captured the glassy-eyed disciples of conservatism. Time will tell if this is a blip or a trend.

    In related news, the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press released their post-convention survey of attitudes and opinions of the candidates and their events. The headline notes that President Obama was overshadowed by keynoter Bill Clinton. That provides a stark contrast for the RNC where Mitt Romney was similarly overshadowed by Clint Eastwood. Who would you rather be overshadowed by? And Fox News viewers affirm Pew’s findings:

  • Gabriel

    The familiar bunch of TVBN republicans have pulled a David Copperfield today, haven’t they? Probably out there creating jobs or complaining about creating jobs.

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