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.

  • Hillbilly

    AppleStinx – Obama lost close to 3 million viewers from Biden’s lead-in; a huge portion of that coming from women.


    It’s Bush’s fault. ;)

  • Coffee Steve



  • Coffee Steve

    So far 47 reported dead on the Arab day of love, I’d hate to see the total on an Arab day of hate ghezzzz….

  • Hillbilly

    AppleStinx – That display model doesn’t look fit to be exported. :cool:


    It comes in a “smaller” size to accommodate Coffee Steve & Ratboy. :lol:

    What happens if the machine won’t shut off? If lots of Chinese men start dying “prematurely” we’ll know they went out with an “explosion.”

    Reminds me of the joke about a farmer & his automatic cow milker. He forgot to set the amount of milk to be milked before he used it. It was set on 3 gallons. :???:

  • Paul

    Harry Reid will say he was misquoted. Harry will say he was referring to Romney not paying taxes from 1999 thru 2009.

  • Coffee Steve

    It comes in a “smaller” size to accommodate Coffee Steve & Ratboy

    Owach! :-)

    For you they may make a Pee size verson though Hehehehehehe

  • Coffee Steve


    Its time for Romney to make a big deal about Harry and Nancy releasing theirs

  • Coffee Steve

    Ba back later tonight

    Have some more shopping to get done

  • Ratboy

    @ Coffee Steve
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM
    Ba back later tonight

    Have some more shopping to get done

    Christmas shopping early???? For ME????? and the rest of us??????

  • Stan T

    Coffee Steve
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM
    @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?


    I know, I know…to prove the democrats are liars…the democrats brought up the buffett rule, so the republicans passed it to prove the democrats will kill it in the senate? lol

  • Stan T

    Come on….you righties gotta stop claiming Lybia was a terrorist attack…EVERYONE knows muslims carry rocket launchers in their pockets…ROFL

  • Raz

    Oh Stan, I can’t help myself….is that a rocket launcher in your pocket…..or you just glad to see me?

  • Mark

    I don’t get this

    Romney said that he wouldn’t be fit to be president if he didn’t take all the deductions he could on his taxes, but on his latest tax release he didn’t take all the deductions he could. So is Romney saying he doesn’t believe he is fit to be president?

  • Doug Z

    Posted September 21, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    I don’t get this

    Romney said that he wouldn’t be fit to be president if he didn’t take all the deductions he could on his taxes, but on his latest tax release he didn’t take all the deductions he could. So is Romney saying he doesn’t believe he is fit to be president?

    OOH Mark

  • Mark

    @Doug Z

    Quoting Mitt Romney

    “Frankly, if I had paid more than are legally due, I don’t think I’d be qualified to become president,” he said. “I’d think people would want me to follow the law and pay only what the tax code requires.”

    So basically by overpaying taxes in 2011 does Mitt feel he is not fit to be President? The man is a walking contradiction(basically anytime you want to find a way to attack him just find a quote he said(many times as in the case of the overpaying taxes, int he past 6 months)

  • Ratboy

    Enough with Romneys taxes already! IT’S THE ECONOMY (not directed at anybody) STUPID!!!!!!!

  • Mark

    Thing is how can anybody trust a guy who always seems to argue both sides of the point, it’s to the point it’s comical now.

    As for the Economy, yeah I think we had enough years of tax cuts for rich guys that will somehow magically fall down to the rest of the country. Honestly if somebody is serious about reducing the deficit, tax cuts is not the way to do it. And oh yeah if you think reducing loopholes will make up for the tax cuts(fair enough argument), give us a list of loopholes you want to close instead of being vague that he will tell us after the election.

  • Jeff

    @coffee Steve. Watched the DEBATE, thanks again for the link. I don’t agree with your assessment of Elizabeth Warren…..u surprised?

    Sen.Brown seemed unprofessional, shifty, unspecific and all over the place. Warren did repeat herself on her attacks at Brown’s voting record a lot, to me that was annoying but probably exactly what she needed to do.

    3 more to go…..I think most people will take the Indian heritage comments negatively towards Sen.Brown. I don’t know if
    S. Papa has paper work proving he’s actually Sicilian…..lol!……does he?

    I was told I have Indian heritage……can I prove it?? No….its what my Mamma said…..but I never checked a box saying I was either.

  • wanda

    Fox news is #1 NOT for long their rating will go down and msnbc will go up foxs is a DAMN JOKE

  • wanda

    Foxs news needs to be off the air

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