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.

  • rhembo

    Yea there are less neo-cons here than usual….seems there having a hard time rationalizing away Msnbc’s ratings win in the key demo. Congrats to Rachael and the rest of the network.

  • Sam

    @ Sicilian papa,

    “Fair enough. Do you work in the movie industry?”

    Yes, I worked with Miramax and WB before. Now I’m teaching filming, acting courses and working on my independent production company.

  • DB

    Now that MSNBC is getting better ratings (for awhile) all those arguments the lefties made about Fox’s ratings not making a difference(eg 3 million is less than 1 percent of population, sponge bob gets better ratings etc) are not relevant now. You lefties are hilarious. Please promise us that those of you on the fringe and you know who you are, will leave the site when Romney wins. Thanks.

    BTW, the demo is important to advertisers. Don’t think the demo is important when determining who is more likely to vote.

    Boss, you say you have a high IQ and are well informed. I see no evidence of the former and you will have to get out of your community college academic bubble and the land of leftie blogs to be “well informed”. Talk to someone in a county social services office about the quality of people that are on the government dole and the fraud that is being perpetrated on the taxpayers. Not talking about people on SS, or veterans or those legitimately needing help.

    Jeffie the internet coward, I send this post from my house. Unlike you I have never been kicked off the site. Tell Wink hello don’t forget to change the oil in your Pinto, oh I mean Bentley. Someday I hope we meet and you can show me how tough you are when you are not hiding behind the anonymity of the internet.

  • Coffee Steve



    That cannot be true, we were told it was a video

    Wazzzzzzzzzzzzz Up?

  • Stan T

    Posted September 19, 2012 at 2:24 PM
    Way 2 go msnbc!

    Mitt’s gaffe and the right wing spin is costing Fox News their viewers.

    Rachel Maddow & Lawrence ODonnell doing very well

    And O’Reilly is over 3 million viewers…3.3 million to rachel’s 2 million…half of rachel’s viewers were probably fact checkers looking to see if she was going to admit the administration lied about Lybia…lied about Egypt…see if she would admit the Romney tape was edited…or to see if she even mentioned Obama’s “I’m for redistributionist” tape….

  • Sam

    @ Stan T,

    “Besides the fact he talks just like a liberal? With Huntsman it would have been Obama or Obamalite.”

    hahaha, Obamalite that’s a good one. Well with Willard ( at least at this point ) it’s either Obama or mmmm… Obama .

  • Coffee Steve

    Iran ships arms, personnel to Syria — via Iraq…
    Israel stages largest snap exercise in years…
    Obama, Under Pressure, Gives Up iPad for Live Intel Briefings…
    Gave Entertainment Mag Interview on Peak Day of Protests…
    Administration misled public on two Libya embassy heroes…
    Ex-Navy Seals weren’t part of ambassador’s security team…

    I go away for the evening and the headlines scream, I better stay home so the world doesn’t explode

  • Sicilian Papa



    I have a number of screenplays written and I am writing a screenplay for a novelist. I am freelancing with an online site to help pay the bills. I’m a hack but I have a good imagination.

  • Coffee Steve


    your in the movie business?

    I’m available for the next Star Wars Series :-)

  • Mark2

    What is going on?
    MSNBC actually beat Fox News in the Primetime Demo. I know they must be happy. And what about Rachel? She’s on fire!!! She beat Oreilly in the Demo…give her a raise.

  • Coffee Steve

    Yea there are less neo-cons here than usual

    Nah…My wife is just cuter than most here so I took her out tonight

  • Sicilian Papa



    I have screenplay called “Pleasure Field” that I think you would like. I have some interest in the project. I am not trying to solicit your help just making conversation.

  • Stan T

    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

    It’s even worse than that, Doug…it’s now been proved that there was no technical error…that the tape was purposely edited…And that’s not spin, that’s absolute fact…Whereas Obama admitted he said what was on his tape..and did not deny that’s exactly what he meant.

  • Coffee Steve

    give her a raise.

    I’d give here controling interest in Comcast, shes earned it

  • Coffee Steve

    ^HER controling interest

  • Stan T

    Posted September 19, 2012 at 2:47 PM
    Mitt romney is finished its over fox people ..i thought mccain was incompetant back in 2008 man was i wrong collosal nite for msnbc

    Are you kidding? Even with the MSM attacking him 24/7, and polls lopsided by anywhere from 8-10 points, and Romney is still within a couple of points…Obama is in serious trouble and he knows it…because even a moron knows that the undecided are only undecided on whether they will vote for the Challenger or stay home. And then we have to remember the curtain voters…those who say they are voting for Obama, because they don’t want to be called racist or worse…then, behind the voting curtain, will vote for Romney…

  • Sam

    @ Coffee Steve ,

    “your in the movie business? I’m available for the next Star Wars Series”

    Haha, Christian Bale isn’t gonna do Batman anymore. Any interest to get behind the mask ? XD

  • Stan T

    Sicilian Papa
    Posted September 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM
    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.

    And not only that…on Letterman, Obama admitted he didn’t know what the debt was when he took office, or even now…and that he doesn’t consider it a short term problem, so he figures he can add Trillions more with no problem…and this is our president?

  • Coffee Steve


    As long as I don’t have to wear those tights :-)

  • Sicilian Papa



    Coffee would look good behind a mask.

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