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.

  • lbsles

    Obama’s law school course description cited ‘institutional racism in American society’

    A course description for “Current Issues in Racism and the Law,” a class Barack Obama taught at the University of Chicago Law School 12 times between 1992 and 2004, categorized race relations in the United States as “institutional racism in American society.”


  • wowiezowie

    Yippie. Look what the top 2 cable outfits did last night in way of numbers. I like to call it what it is. The lets scare the holy ghost out of old people hour. No wonder old people get such a bad rap. these networks are there to put them in their place. By saying you don’t get on board then we will take away your pills and rape your children. Never mind that this horrid economy that is out there still produces christmas sales through the roof, charity out the ying yang and a big screen tv everywhere. Not to mention I phones in everyones hands and dollar menus everywhere. Just to bad that old folks don’t take a walk on their walker once in awhile because they might see that the sky isn’t falling and black people are not rounding up invisible people to vote. Not to mention my wonderful democrats you can still get your prescriptions because nobody touched your medicare. Then we wonder why are children are stupid and get out teached by countries whose children lay in the dirt learning by cave torches. God bless america home of free land of the insecure and stupid

  • lbsles

    Fla. pastor Terry Jones advises Egypt: ‘Put Muhammad on trial,’ not me

    Florida pastor Terry Jones isn’t concerned about a warrant for his arrest issued by Egypt’s general prosecutor on charges that could bring the death penalty.

    Jones told The Daily Caller that the charges — stemming from his promotion of the film “Innocence of Muslims” — are “absolutely ridiculous” and “typical” of Islam.

    The criminal charges include insulting Islam and Muhammad, harming national unity, and spreading false information.

    Egyptian authorities, Jones said, “would definitely be better advised to put Muhammad on trial.”

    more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/19/fla-pastor-terry-jones-advises-egypt-put-muhammad-on-trial-instead/#ixzz2732oGgJh

  • Sicilian Papa



    Bashir is nuts. He fits in nicely with Sharpton and Tingles.

  • Suikostinger

    GALLUP: O 47% R 47%…


    Jewish support down 7% in FLA…

    AHAHAHAHA. Why are you all of a sudden showing Gallup now? When a leftie shows a gallup poll it’s always “rasmussen is more accurate”. Is it because Gallup has them equal and Rasmussen has Obama leading by 2 points?

    Obama attracting support from 47% of voters nationwide, while Mitt Romney earns 45% of the vote.

  • Sicilian Papa



    Well, the name suits you.

  • Mark


    Mitt Romney ad spot leaves coal workers fuming

    If some of the coal miners standing with Mitt Romney in his new campaign ad don’t look happy, it’s probably because they’re not.

    The campaign pulled the footage for its new “War on Coal” spot from a recent Ohio rally that some coal miners complained they were forced to take a day off without pay to attend.

    The footage of Romney, flanked by coal miners, was taken at a Beallsville, Ohio, rally in August, where about a dozen employees have told WWVA-AM they were pulled out of the mine to join the Republican candidate.

    Murray Energy Chief Financial Officer Rob Moore told the radio station in an extended interview that the company shut down the mine because senior managers wanted to attend, and it could not remain open during a rally.

    Here is the best quote

    “We had managers that communicated [to employees] that the attendance was mandatory,” Moore said. “But no one was forced to attend the event.”

  • Sicilian Papa

    There is that 47% again. Boy Romney was right on the mark.

  • Hillbilly

    FNC & MSNBC tied with 3 shows each on the list.

    Bill O in second place with total viewers 3309. Royal Pains number 1 with 4232.

    Honey Boo Boo & Royal Pains tied for number 1 in the demo. 1.0

  • Sicilian Papa



    I was thinking more Paris Hilton on Lindsey Lohan. I didn’t just say that. You are a bad influence Hillbilly.

  • Hillbilly

    Suikostinger – BTW, I can gaurantee you that the only reason that BO went from 47% to 40% is so people like you can be like “he didn’t agree with him!!!”


    I don’t watch (the whole show) Bill O. I don’t care if he agrees or disagrees with anybody/anything. I knew you was wrong just from reading Bobbyv’s comment. :lol: I went to his site looking for a clip to prove you wrong AGAIN. He made the statement at the BEGINNING of the show. You kept trying to spin your way out of what you said by saying something like – “only hinted it was smaller after being smacked around by his guest.” So you once again opened your mouth & inserted your foot.

  • Sicilian Papa

    Honey Boo Boo, I’m sorry but that is one unattractive little child.

  • Sicilian Papa



    I would be careful about quoting a Politico story. They have their collective heads so far up President Obama’s…

  • Hillbilly

    Sicilian Papa
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 2:39 PM



    I was thinking more Paris Hilton on Lindsey Lohan. I didn’t just say that. You are a bad influence Hillbilly.


    I got that way after you started posting. ;)


  • Mark


    It’s fact coal miners called a radio show that they were sort of pushed to go tot he event without pay and the quote from the owner is true as well(although I guess you could argue that might be selectively edited since he did say nobody was fired who didn’t go)

  • Mark

    You think somebody would at least pay these guys(their days salary) for using them in a commercial/photo Op

  • Jeff

    Another strong night for msnbc!!

    -coal miners FORCED to pose behind Mitt for a speech as a back drop and not compensated are now speaking out.

    -coal miner executive caught playing dress up in a GOP ad, dressed up as a coal miner.

    -Tim Pawlenty resigns as Romney Ryan campaign chair to become a lobbyist. Smart move, probably needs to have a job in November since Mitt will not be in a position to offer him one.

    Going to see Tony Award winning The Book of Mormon tonight at The Pantages. Everyone have a pleasant evening.

    RCP Average 9/19 — — 48.3 45.2 Obama +3.1
    Rasmussen Tracking 9/19 1500 LV 3.0 47 45 Obama +2
    Gallup Tracking 9/19 3050 RV 2.0 47 47 Tie
    Associated Press/GfK 9/17 807 LV 4.3 47 46 Obama +1
    Monmouth/SurveyUSA/Braun 9/16 1344 LV 2.7 48 45 Obama +3
    Pew Research 9/16 2268 LV 2.4 51 43 Obama +8
    NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 9/16 736 LV 3.6 50 45 Obama +5

  • Sicilian Papa


    Mitt Romney

    The President said on Leatherman that he did not know how much the national debt was when he took office. Find the videos from 2008 where he quotes George Bush’s debt and run ads.

  • Sicilian Papa



    Okay Mark you got me but Poltico still has their heads so far up President Obama’s…

  • Coffee Steve

    With as many coal mines closing I doubt if the Romney camp had to force any miners to do photo-ops

    While the food is in the oven and Ratboy? I know how you like looking at my butt while I’m doing house chores :mrgreen:

    Good Read

    I bet you’ll not see another UNIVISION forum (Via Drudge)

    Obama Pressed On Failures At UNIVISION Forum…

    Still blames video for Libya attack?

    Ramos Rips Away…


    Shouldn’t you ‘fire’ Eric Holder?


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