Cable News Ratings for Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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September 20th, 2012

Note: FNC's The O'Reilly Factor and Hannity returned to their normal ratings, again reigning as the top cable news programs.

Primetime P2+:

FNC: 2,736,000

MSNBC: 1,618,000

CNN: 652,000


Primetime 25-54:

FNC: 578,000

MSNBC: 500,000

CNN: 207,000


Top 5 programs P2+

O’Reilly Factor: 3,309,000

Hannity: 2,718,000

Special Report: 2,287,000

On the Record: 2,159,000

The Five: 2,006,000


Top 5 programs 25-54

Hannity: 643,000

O’Reilly Factor: 633,000

Last Word: 531,000

Maddow: 521,000

On the Record: 458,000


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Wednesday, September 19, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,415            339            636
and         401            123            179
MSNBC         782            244            371
CNBC         171             52             88
FBN           66             16             27
HLN         193             83            109
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,736            578         1,110
CNN         652            207            315
MSNBC       1,618            500            785
CNBC         228             95            135
FBN           73             17             26
HLN         238             71            120
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,205            339            679
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         241            106            142
MSNBC Morning Joe         718            245            395
CNBC Squawk Box         132             26             48
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         251            144            178
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       2,006            441            834
CNN SITUATION ROOM         489            118            166
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,182            270            511
CNBC FAST MONEY         173             43             92
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         144             63             67
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       2,287            440            802
CNN SITUATION ROOM         483            134            166
MSNBC POLITICS NATION       1,002            306            452
CNBC MAD MONEY         158             62             94
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           92             19             22
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,969            422            820
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         520            153            202
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,125            353            522
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         142             32             54
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         235             85            115
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       3,309            633         1,274
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         682            189            317
MSNBC ED SHOW       1,474            449            725
CNBC TRASH INC: GARBAGE         204             75            120
HLN NANCY GRACE         356             95            189
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       2,718            643         1,154
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         649            205            314
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       1,713            521            785
CNBC AMER GREED THE FUGITIVES         241            107            136
HLN DR. DREW         197             72            106
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       2,159            458            897
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         623            226            313
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL       1,666            531            846
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         239            101            150
HLN NANCY GRACE         160             46             64
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,328            407            716
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         358            132            197
MSNBC ED SHOW         880            306            382
CNBC MAD MONEY         114             43             76
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         171             55             85

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.

  • XYZ

    When’s Fox letting Granny Van Sustren go? She’s a consistent loser, not only coming in #2 constantly to LOD, but also losing a ton of her lead-in every night.

  • Sicilian Papa

    Hannity had a monster night. Greta loses by a small margin in demo and wins by a small margin overall. Tingles has respectable numbers but nothing to be thrilled about.

  • lbsles

    “I’ll tell you why you feel so bad. There’s literally no leadership to be found in this country. We’ve got a dead ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11. If we had a real leader — I don’t care if he’s president or candidate for president — this would not be tolerated.” -Rush Limbaugh

  • Ratboy

    MSDNC is still showing strong (considering) but they are on the trickel down again. It just proves that there “following” is small but they are turned to by some other libs when there is a bigger story to be lied to about.

  • Mark

    Did hannity have a special guest on last night?

  • Ratboy

    GALLUP: O 47% R 47%…


    Jewish support down 7% in FLA…

  • Ratboy

    James Murdoch eyes expanded US role

    James Murdoch is being lined up to take direct responsibility for News Corp’s US television businesses, even as his record in the UK was attacked by media regulator Ofcom.

    The Financial Times has learnt that News Corp is preparing to expand Mr Murdoch’s role to include responsibility of the Fox Networks Group following the publication of the Ofcom report.

    The report on whether British Sky Broadcasting, the UK media group in which News Corp owns a 39.1 per cent stake, was “fit and proper” to hold a broadcasting licence heavily criticised Mr Murdoch, saying his “conduct in relation to events at News Group Newspapers repeatedly fell short of the conduct to be expected of him as a chief executive officer and chairman”.

    But the report ultimately cleared Mr Murdoch, saying that “evidence available to date does not provide a reasonable basis to conclude that James Murdoch deliberately engaged in any wrongdoing”. Ofcom also stopped short of forcing News Corp into an unwelcome sale of its BSkyB stake, ruling it was a fit and proper licence holder

  • Coffee Steve


    Nope, he had a normal show, I was wondering why his numbers went up too, I had him on watching the Reds-Cubbies Game

  • lbsles

    What’s the Good Economic News, Exactly?

    RUSH: I’m trying to figure out something. I listened to this sound bite, the media montage of George Stephanopoulos and all the others on it going orgasmic about the economic recovery, and the things that they’re saying. “Machine gunfire of good economic reports.” “We finally hit bottom.” “This recovery is really taking hold.” “Another sign the real estate market could be improving.”

    And I’m asking myself: What did I miss?

    Okay, so, that’s the most important story today AP, right? The census. I found it. I went out there and I got it. I have it here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. “[T]he US economy is showing signs of finally bottoming out. Americans are on the move again after putting their lives on hold and staying put. More young adults are leaving their parents’ homes to take a chance with college or the job market, while once-sharp declines in births are leveling off and poverty is slowing.”

    Really? The census numbers tell us this, not the economic numbers? That’s right, folks. You see, it’s new 2011 census data. That’s the most current data we go by. You talk about a stretch and a reach! I mean, this is comical. It’s laughable, ridiculous. “New 2011 census figures offer glimmers of hope in an economic recovery that technically began in mid-2009. … Not all is well,” AP writes. “The jobless rate remains high at 8.1%.”


  • Laurence Glavin

    What’s this “Granny” business all about? Isn’t Sarah Palin a Grandmother? Michelle Bachman’s offspring haven’t provided her with grandchildren yet, but when they do, will you jettison her too?

  • Ratboy

    @ Mark
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM
    Did hannity have a special guest on last night?

    Nope! Just some from the right and some from the left. Kinda, how you say, fair and balanced :shock:

  • Coffee Steve

    @Laurence Glavin

    I thought you had your 18th Birthday party last week? :-)

    *House Passes ‘Buffett Rule Act’ Allowing Rich to Pay More

    Why does Congress insist on wasting time?

  • Ratboy

    BOOM! Romney tells crowd we’ll give Obama a chance to change Washington from the outside in November!

    Fantastic Romney response to Obama’s claim that he can’t change Washington from the inside, that it can only be changed from the outside. Romney tells the crowd that Obama has already thrown in the white flag of surrender on changing Washington from the inside so we’ll give him a chance to change it from the outside in November. BAM!

  • lbsles

    Factory, jobless claims reports signal weakness

    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Manufacturing closed out its weakest quarter in three years this month and the number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits held near two-month highs last week, suggesting the economic recovery is failing to gain traction.

    Other reports on Thursday suggested the economy’s weakness could prove protracted, with factory activity in the Mid-Atlantic contracting for a fifth straight month in September and a measure of future economic activity dipping in August.

    “I don’t think the economy is going anywhere fast,” said Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody’s Analytics in West Chester, Pennsylvania. “The jobs market is still very difficult and manufacturing, which was a key pillar of the recovery is beginning to crack.”

    The economy grew at a sluggish 1.7 percent annual rate in the second quarter, and economists said growth this quarter was unlikely to have picked up much — particularly with factory activity showing fatigue.


  • Sicilian Papa

    Hannity is King. Where is the Boss man, Jeff? Guys, come quick, you got to see this!!!!!!!

  • Ratboy

    @ XYZ
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM
    When’s Fox letting Granny Van Sustren go?

    I do beleive Matthews is older than Greta so I tell ya what, let them go by senority starting with the oldest or in Matthews case use senility as the criteria :lol:

  • Coffee Steve

    Just a note before I fix supper

    I went over a great deal of economic charts today, matched them against some projected numbers for next month and a projected chart for the next 18 months. This thing is not over for many, many more months.

    Whoever wins had better wake up and do something quick, or there may not be another election in four years, we’ll have a new government by then. It really is that bad folks.



  • lbsles

    See, I Told You So: As World Burns, Media Tells Us It’s All Coming Together for Obama

    Let me just get this out of the way. I want to take you back to this program — all the way back to last December, nine months ago. Nine months ago on this program I warned you, I told you, I predicted, I prognosticated what was coming our way.

    RUSH ARCHIVE: The unemployment number is going to precipitously drop, and it’s going to get close to 8% by next November. Just mark my words. That’s in the can. It’s in the cards. Also, Obama’s approval number now is up five points over the last three months or some such thing. So here we go. Approval number’s up. I’m just warning you now not to get dispirited. People are not giving up, but you are not gonna see that evidence, you’re not gonna see evidence of that passion or energy that you have and that your fellow citizens have for change. You’re not gonna see it. When what you’re instead going to be told is that, “Wow, look at Obama’s approval numbers. Wow, and unemployment, look at the number coming down, ooh, it’s all coming together.”

    RUSH: Last December. Last December I said this. We have a media montage of yesterday and today.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: The big headlines on the economy this morning: Are we on the road to recovery?

    VARGAS: There’s great news out this morning on the economy. Are we really turning a corner?

    GOLODRYGA: Great news. It looks like this recovery really has legs.

    O’DONNELL: The economic downturn may have bottomed out.

    WESTHOVEN: It was like machine gunfire of good economic reports.

    KOSIK: We finally hit a bottom, that you’re seeing this recovery really take hold.

    COSTELLO: Breaking news into the newsroom, another sign that the real estate market could be improving.

    RUSH: There you have it. That’s all last night and today in the Drive-By Media. And I honestly don’t know what they’re looking at. The unemployment, down 3,000, no big deal. I think they’re making it up. I had the same reaction you did. I saw the sound bite and said, “What the he11?” All I know is I predicted it. But I’m not through. It’s only half the prediction. I now have in my formally nicotine stained fingers. Get this, folks. “Democratic Enthusiasm Swells in the Swing States,” according to Gallup. And not just in the swing states, but nationally.

    And guess what else? We have learned that Obama and the regime have totally lied about the reason for the Benghazi attack. But that doesn’t matter. Because, you see, nobody cares, nobody really cares. The image that we’re being told is nobody cares. How many of you, when you hear that the regime finally has been called on it, they lied, there was a full-fledged terror attack, had nothing to do with the video. In Benghazi we have an ambassador, three other Americans dead, and I’ll be damned if I can find anybody who cares. In terms of just day-to-day media coverage, I’ll be damned if I can find anybody that’s upset about it. That’s the new norm, too. “Well, you know, Rush, we lose soldiers, we lose ambassadors, I mean that’s just the way it is.” There’s no sense of outrage about any of this, that you could find.


  • Ratboy

    Yikes!!!! And this guy gets paid for saying stuff like this!

    Martin Bashir: Rich Achieving Bigger Income Gains Than Rest of Country Is ‘Redistribution’

    The more I watch MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, the more I believe he has difficulty finding the floor in the morning when he wakes up.

    Consider Thursday’s program when he actually told his tiny audience that the rich seeing bigger income gains than the rest of country the past 30 years is “redistribution”

  • Sicilian Papa



    It must be nice to have campaign commercials every day on CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC and CNN. The President does not even have to say, “I’m Barrack Obama and I approve this message.”

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