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.

  • Grandpa Ron

    I’d like someone to tell me why all cable news rating are going up. Was it the conventions or because we’re getting closer to election day? It seems the liberal stations are going a little more than the conservative news show.

  • Ratboy

    @ Suikostinger

    rasmusen was posted earlier today it want forgotten

  • Sicilian Papa


    The lefties

    I watch FOX, CNN opinion shows from time to time. I used to watch some MSNBC even when they had the gasbag of all gasbags Keith Olbermann on. I can’t do it anymore. At least Olbermann used a lot of quotes with his partisian attacks.

    I’ll say this for the two biggest windbags in the history of man, Rush and Keith they have some talent. Olbermann designed that show and carried that network out of the trash heep. Rush has no guests. He can be entertaining for three hours to his listeners. He stole the monoploy from the corrupt vermin in the lib. media.

  • Jeff

    Are we still in doubt that the Muslims are protesting over the recent Anti Muslim video??

    Really? Wow!

    -coffee Steve :)

    WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, the Mitt Romney campaign released an ad spotlighting President Obama’s putative “War On Coal,” despite a controversy in Ohio about the coal miners’ rally featured in the spot. In the ad, Romney appears on a stage before rows of hard-hatted miners, their faces smudged with coal dust, as he says, “We have 250 years of coal. Why wouldn’t we use it?”
    The rally was held last month in Beallsville, Ohio, thick with miners from the Century coal mine, owned by Murray Energy, a major donor to Republican causes. Within days of the rally, Murray employees contacted a nearby morning talk radio host, David Blomquist, to say they were forced to attend the Aug. 14 event at the mine.  

  • Ratboy

    @ 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

    These are OLD polls not daily polls

  • Ratboy

    @ Jeff
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 3:04 PM
    Are we still in doubt that the Muslims are protesting over the recent Anti Muslim video??

    yep! since the white house admitted TODAY that it was not the video but a terrorist attack! Little stooge Carney said no yesterday but YES today!

  • Sicilian Papa



    It was terrorist attack on 9/11 in Libya. People, even in the Middle East don’t go to protests with rocket propelled granades and AK’s.

  • Jeff

    Uh oh!!!!

    Romney Campaign Cautious With Ad Budget, Even in Key States

    Mitt Romney has had a light campaign schedule lately. He held his first rally in five days on Wednesday night.

    And there is another place where his presence is oddly lacking: in the television ad wars.

    Despite what appears to be a plump bank account and an in-house production studio that cranks out multiple commercials a day, Mr. Romney’s campaign has been tightfisted with its advertising budget, leaving him at a disadvantage in several crucial states as President Obama blankets them with ads.

    One major reason appears to be that Mr. Romney’s campaign finances have been significantly less robust than recent headlines would suggest. Much of the more than $300 million the campaign reported raising this summer is earmarked for the Republican National Committee, state Republican organizations and Congressional races, limiting the money Mr. Romney’s own campaign has to spend.

    With polls showing President Obama widening his lead in some of these states and the race a dead heat in others, Mr. Romney’s lack of a full-throttle media campaign is risky, especially as he struggles to get his message out over the din of news about his campaign’s recent setbacks.

    In some states the disparity is striking. Mr. Obama and his allies are handily outspending Mr. Romney and the conservative “super PACs” working on his behalf in Colorado, Ohio and New Hampshire.

    And in states like Florida, Iowa, Nevada and Virginia, where the Romney and Obama forces are roughly matching their spending dollar for dollar, the super PACs are responsible for nearly half the advertising that is benefiting the Republican nominee.

    After three weeks of bad news for Mr. Romney — first that he received a negligible bounce from his convention, then that Mr. Obama was overtaking him in the polls and finally that he had been secretly recorded disparaging the president’s supporters as government-dependent freeloaders — the lack of a more forceful advertising offensive is one more way that the Romney campaign finds its message obscured.

    Each day that slips by is a loss of precious television time in an air war that is only going to grow heavier and louder, making it difficult for any ad to leave a lasting impact.

    “In a world where we know advertising imbalances lend opportunities for persuasion, it is surprising that any campaign would allow imbalances to continue,” said Erika Franklin Fowler, co-director of the Wesleyan Media Project. “Especially following several weeks of ad dominance by the opponent.”

    Mr. Romney’s absence from the air made sense before the party’s convention in late August, since the campaign’s cash flow became so slow over the summer that it was forced to borrow $20 million to carry it through the event, when his formal nomination freed up tens of millions of dollars for the general election.

    Yet at the same time Romney aides worked hard to project the image of a fund-raising machine far outpacing the president’s.

    Romney aides released informal dollar figures that lumped several pools of money — some available for his use, others not — into a single figure, providing a perception greater than reality: $106 million in June and $101 million in July, far more than Mr. Obama and the Democrats.

    Yet those figures obscured the fact that most of the money Mr. Romney was raising was reserved for those other political entities like the Republican National Committee.

    And the party committee, which Mr. Romney helped propel to record-breaking receipts in July, is allowed to spend only about $22 million on advertising that is coordinated with Mr. Romney.

    Even now, a large though unknown portion of Mr. Romney’s fund-raising is not going directly into his campaign account.

    A closer look at Mr. Romney’s own filings revealed that Mr. Obama, while trailing in overall party fund-raising, was pulling far more money than Mr. Romney into his campaign account, the most useful and flexible dollars a candidate has to spend, in part because of strong collection from small donors who could give again and again without hitting federal limits.

    Mr. Romney’s aides declined to discuss their advertising plans, saying that unlike the Obama campaign, which has reserved more than $40 million in time through Election Day, it will not telegraph its intentions for competitors to see.

    As of the end of July, the Republican Party had an additional $15 million left to spend in coordination with Mr. Romney before it reaches its federal spending limits. And though no one knows the precise amounts, the Romney campaign will have millions at its disposal that it can drop into a television market at any given moment.

    So far it is only buying several days or a week of advertising at a time, a sign that it is being extremely frugal. According to a review of spending figures provided by a group that tracks political advertising, from Sept. 10 through Sept. 24, Mr. Romney and his allies reserved $3.7 million in advertising time in Ohio. That compared with $5.2 million for Mr. Obama and his allies.

    In Colorado, Mr. Romney is being outspent $2.2 million to $1.5 million during that same period. In New Hampshire, Mr. Obama is spending $1.2 million, compared with $380,000 to benefit Mr. Romney. The vast majority of that is coming not from the Romney campaign but from American Crossroads, the conservative super PAC.

  • Sicilian Papa



    Oversampling of Dems. They are trying to create the air of invincibility. Stay home Ratboy your guy does not have a chance the lib. media polls are telling you.

  • Sicilian Papa



    Just like a liberal to blow all his money and not have any for a rainy day like the month of October. What am I talking about? If I had any money I would spend it just like Romney is.

  • Jeff

    @ratboy, I’m talking about the current protest, and all the middle east protesting at US govt. establishments, not the assassination of the Ambassador which, Yes! Was a terrorist attack.

  • Suikostinger

    What am I talking about? If I had any money I would spend it just like Romney is.

    Not in the U.S.? Instead buying it on boats in a different country and storing your money offshore?

  • Jeff

    @s. papa

    Obama/Biden2012 ground game is far superior to Romney/ryan, face it buddy.

    Exmple New Hampshire

    Obama/Biden campaign HQ’s 25 locations
    Romney/Ryan HQ’s 4 locations

    Similar #’s in many states

  • Jeff

    -s. papa, The RNC is having to focus their $$$ in many races they didn’t think they would have too, because Romney is hurting the GOP brand.
    Example:Paul Ryan.
    Now having to spend campaign money to keep Rep. Paul Ryan’s seat in Wisconsin.

    That’s a sign, ya think?

  • Hello

    The Morning Joe’s numbers are crazy, anyone reckon some TODAY viewers went off to msnbc?

  • Hoppy

    “Then we wonder why are children are stupid and get out teached by”


    Well, the above might give us a hint.

  • Jeff

    MAJORITY (get use to it) LEADER Sen. Harry Reid delays a floor vote because Sen. Scott Brown tried to weasel out of debate with Elizabeth Warren tonight…….tonight???

    What channel?? I will DVR it, CSPAN isn’t showing anything regarding this event. Should be good!

  • Ratboy

    @ Obama/Biden2012 ground game is far superior to Romney/ryan, face it buddy.

    Exmple New Hampshire

    Obama/Biden campaign HQ’s 25 locations
    Romney/Ryan HQ’s 4 locations

    So…… the incumbant has to outnumber the challanger by 600% SIX HUNDRED percent!!! to remain in a dead heat!!!!! the incumbant with his last 4 years as a record!!! 600% to remain in a dead heat!!!

    That a superior ground game??????????????????????????

  • Ratboy

    @ Sen. Scott Brown tried to weasel out of debate with Elizabeth Warren tonight

    U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has moved into a narrow lead over rival Elizabeth Warren while his standing among Massachusetts voters has improved despite a year-long Democratic assault, a new UMass Lowell/Boston Herald poll shows.

    The GOP incumbent is beating Warren by a 50-44 percent margin among registered Bay State voters, a turnaround from the last University of Massachusetts Lowell/Herald poll nine months ago that had the Democratic challenger leading by seven points. Among likely voters, Brown is leading the Harvard Law professor by a 49-45 percent margin, just within the poll’s 5.5 percent margin of error.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Page 3 is again so full of bu11$#1t from the Fertilizer Spreader, I hope this comment appears on Page 4.

    Our 48-hour long national nightmare is over. The Earth is back on its axis.

    And Wednesday’s cable news numbers have returned to normal. The way it ought to be.

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