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.

  • Jeff

    -Ratboy, Fox & Friends Issues Correction After Using 3 Year Old Photo To Rip Obama

    msnbc did not include that part, thanks, ah yes that tweet should make it to ALL the twitter savvy peeps that watch Fox & Friends.

    The senior center lunch table topic today was ” Pirate & Letterman Yes! Israeli PM No! “

  • HRJ

    Can’t we all just get along?

    A new FOX news poll has BO leanding in FL, VA and OH. It must have had hurt FOX to deal with these numbers. I bet that Hannity will have a spin.

  • Letmethink

    Early Start/Starting Point–still in the 200’s.

  • Sicilian Papa

    Hannity rules the cable airwaves. Hannity is such a lovable, warm, even tempered, kind, generous, giving, talented, insightful, clever, inteligent…I could go on and on. I can certainly see how he cleaned Maddow’s clock last night but good.

  • Sicilian Papa

    intelligent-not intelligent

  • Sicilian Papa

    Or Intelligent-not inteligent how intelligent of me.

  • Mark2

    Hey Ratboy, I don’t trust the Gallup too much. I think Rasmussen is more accurate and currently Rasmussen has Obama winning with 47% while Romney is at 45%.

    The Intrade (Stock Market betting) isn’t fairing to well for Romney either. Obama is now nearing the 70% mark.

    Obama – 69.7%
    Romney – 33.3%

  • Suikostinger

    Hannity….even tempered, generous, giving? WHAT? He yells over every guests that disagrees with him on his show!

    A new FOX news poll has BO leanding in FL, VA and OH. It must have had hurt FOX to deal with these numbers. I bet that Hannity will have a spin.

    They already did give their spin. Fox and Friends showed the poll, right after they said “yeah but the poll isn’t reliable until after the debates”…yeah well when you showed other polls when Romney was ahead, that’s not what you said….why even show the poll in the first place….just so you can throw every poll out of the window if Obama is winning, Fox and Friends?

  • Coffee Steve


    To be honest, a few weeks ago I seen this fantastic deal at a coffee shop on ground coffee and bought about 6 months worth. I do know by my kids telling me It has went up by about a dollar a bag though.

  • Sicilian Papa


    The lefties

    You can quote your poll numbers and you can attack Romney but that will not make Barrack Obama a success.

    I see the lib. media is pushing the great economic recovery of 2012.

    Corrupt vermin

  • Sicilian Papa

    I demand that all you lefties refer to him as Hannity the Great.

  • Sicilian Papa



    Yeah I have trouble watching a segment of his show when he barks over his guests. Just having a little fun. Campaign season, we all get a little crazy.

  • Coffee Steve

    @Mark2 & Ratboy

    On the polls

    The DNC & RNC uses their own internal polling and they also use a projected polling method based on things like Economy, Foreign Policy, Voter enthusiasm, current events and potential events that could change things etc…

    A Theory that I have is, the DNC must be worried thus the hyperbole from the Media, they are acting as a bunch of hungry dogs just wanting to devour. If Obama was ahead in any comfortable margin they would then appear to be more fair.

  • Jeff

    -suiko Chick Fil A was swamped today, overheard some discussions about the reversal and people overall happy about the decision. My experience was great. The “director” as his title on his name tag read said they were extraordinarily busy today as a result.

    -s. papa. Arrows shot “for fun” at a woman and a man Pelosi & Reid, murder in the Hollywood Hills, and all this extra hostility…..how about taking up some yoga??? Calm down buddy ;)

  • Sicilian Papa


    Coffee Steve

    I feel the same way. If Obama was a lock they would not waste their breath on the great economic recovery of 2012. The whole idea makes them look ridiculous. Not to them but to a majority of people that know the economy is in the tank. They are going by a one month increase in home sales? Really, that is the best they can do.

  • Coffee Steve

    Just watched Harry Reids speech from today

    Is it just me or does it seems like he runs on batteries and his batteries are getting low?

  • Jeff

    If a guy was applying for CEO of a GREAT company said during an interview……

    Half of your company are losers and mooches.

    Would he get the job?

  • Jeff

    -coffee steve, could only stand 2 minutes of Rush today….ugh!

    We talked about Cadillacs and our love for em, here’s the plan.

    Per Rush, let’s go to Chicago, enroll in the food stamp program, so we can get our free Escalade.

    What ya say?

  • Sicilian Papa



    The Hollywood Hills thing was pun on a meeting between you and DB. Don’t worry it won’t and couldn’t happen. If it did I would not let anything happen to either of you. I may be 5″7″ and 190 pds. But I can call 911 faster than anyone I know.

    I never talked about hurting Mrs. Pelosi or Mr. Reid.

  • Coffee Steve

    @Sicilian Papa

    Tell you something else too, October is a month the Stock Markets corrects itself each year, always happens. D.D. & I have been talking about the fact that a bunch of Billionaires are leaving the market very fast already. There is a slow controled devaluation of the dollar going on each day now.

    My wife and I are going to discuss in awhile weither I will keep the 5 stocks I have or get completly out again before October. I simply do not like some of the trends I am seeing. QE3 should have had the market up for a few weeks at least, the rally lasted 1 single day, and even now the futures and the asian markets are way down, again.

    A normal correction is about 400-500 points, and thats what some are predicting in October, but as fragile as the ecomony is, it could start a panic on th market. Hope not, but the potential is there for sure.

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