Cable News Ratings for Thursday, September 20, 2012

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September 21st, 2012



Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Thursday, September 20, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,374            306            595
CNN         403            114            170
MSNBC         758            241            348
CNBC         169             46             95
FBN           68             18             35
HLN         201             89            105
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,717            542         1,042
CNN         616            184            264
MSNBC       1,629            451            742
CNBC         229             86            152
FBN           80             18             42
HLN         312             97            143
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,197            302            618
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         254            104            125
MSNBC Morning Joe         606            229            327
CNBC Squawk Box         156             52             95
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         272            157            181
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,964            454            777
CNN SITUATION ROOM         519             92            170
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,108            315            501
CNBC FAST MONEY         192             28             76
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         126             63             44
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       2,167            454            830
CNN SITUATION ROOM         491             98            183
MSNBC POLITICS NATION       1,088            281            455
CNBC MAD MONEY         155             34             58
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         153             81             73
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,997            364            720
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         569            132            256
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,311            351            532
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         169             24             56
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         248             66             96
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       3,441            645         1,287
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         591            171            264
MSNBC ED SHOW       1,566            376            655
CNBC APOCALYPSE 2012         244             73            155
HLN NANCY GRACE         365            107            175
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       2,503            526         1,019
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         723            204            309
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       1,781            491            844
CNBC CRIME INC: ART FOR TAKING         250            107            179
HLN DR. DREW         336             80            132
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       2,185            453            811
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         533            176            218
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL       1,528            486            725
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         192             76            122
HLN NANCY GRACE         234            105            120
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,435            441            693
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         418            154            206
MSNBC ED SHOW         810            255            368
CNBC MAD MONEY         103             36             63
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         196             73            113+

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.

  • Sam

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    On a state by state case he is looking very good though.

    Even Kark Rove’s electoral math has it this way.

    – 214 Obama + 27 Lean Obama = 241 Obama

    – 154 Romney + 37 Lean Romney = 191 Romney


    In this scenario Obama could loose Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, Iowa, and Colorado and win Florida and Nevada and win. Literally Romney would have to win 6 of 8 swing states that Rove has highlighted.

    -Other paths to victory for Obama exist involving 3 states of the swings.

    -It goes without saying that electoral maps from an equal side over on the left have a much bleaker picture for Romney.

  • Sicilian Papa



    I never watched the Simpsons. I guess you are getting old when you can’t watch cartoons anymore even smart ones like The Simpsons and King of the Hill.

  • Sicilian Papa



    Okay that was kind of cute but it’s still a cartoon.

  • Mark


    In all reality I think the Republicans should be running away with this election but the problem is they have turned into a party so far to the right for many people Obama is the less of 2 evils.

    I personally think Romney’s biggest problem is he is trying to pander to the extremes of his base at times, that it’s turning off voters. The problem is if he doesn’t pander to them they would cause him an equal amount of grief. I do think Moderate Mitt would be polling much better then “extreme conservative” Mitt(although I guess one could argue depending what crowd he is infront of is how his speeches come off)

  • AppleStinx

    HRJ wrote: “…What if there were a ticket with Keith Olbermann (president) and Alan Colmes (Vice President)? I said; what if.”

    If that happened and if I ran their campaign, our slogan would be Win, Alan Colmes/Keith Olbermann, WACKO for short. :cool:

  • Marcus

    Last night Jon Stewart showed how utterly ridiculous Fox Comedy News is. If you really want a good laugh, just watch Fox Comedy News for a few minutes. Anyone who thinks they are “fair and balanced” just are plain dumb. Fox is journalism at it’s worst and I feel sorry for those sheep who believe they are “telling the truth”. Fox is the National Enquirer of the news. It just doesn’t get any worse.

  • Sicilian Papa



    Evan Thomas said the lib. media is worth 10% points to the Democrat. He’s right, when you can saturate the news airwaves with attacks on the Republican that is a huge advantage.

    You can be right wing conservative and win big but you have to be able to defeat the lib. media. That means watching everything you say off the cuff.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)


    You are right.
    With the economy the way it is Romney should be doing better than he is.

    I am afraid the damage has been done with independents who are liberal on social issues but more conservative on economic issues. They have a hard time with the shift to the right the R party has taken. This would have been Santorum had run but his strong candidacy helped push the party to the right.

    I personally believe that independents who are liberal on social issues but conservative on the economy outnumber independents who are conservative on social issues and liberal on the economy.

  • HRJ

    Can’t we all just along?


    I enjoyed the video. I don’t know if you made any points with Betty. I do know that you have pissed off a lot of people who post on this blog. The video may have been nothing but good entertainment to most but the video included clips of Hannity. There are persons who post this blog who regard Hannity as someone very near to God.

    You really messed up. If you have friends who are former Marines, have them guard your house tonight. Hannity people are all over the place and they believe that they are correct. How well do you know your wife?

    Please my friend be careful.

  • Mark


    I think the general public in America on a whole is a bunch of moderates who lean slightly to the right. Problem for the republicans is that the Democrats are much closer to that middle point then the Republicans are as a whole.

    All this Obama is a socialist stuff just comes off as meaningless campaign rhetoric, especially when you lump it with him not being American, A Muslim, etc(ie stuff that comes off rather demeaning and turns people off the side that keeps spewing it).

  • Sicilian Papa

    The initial onslaught from the lib. media is not what kills you when you are a Republican and you make a mistake. They run what I like to call saturation news against you. They do story after story for weeks on end until people at home say this must be really bad. It’s generally called propaganda and it works.

  • bishop

    When a network runs 27 anti-Romney stories in 8 hours me thinks that is not journalism or fair and balanced. (MSNBC). What will they have after the election?

  • Marcus

    @bishop….What’s Fox gonna do after Obama wins?

  • Mark

    What’s Fox gonna do after Obama wins?

    In all reality it’s in Fox’s news best interest to have Obama win, it gives them more material. Much like for MSNBC it would be better ratings wise to have the Republicans in power

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    @Bishop who said:
    “When a network runs 27 anti-Romney stories in 8 hours me thinks that is not journalism or fair and balanced. (MSNBC). What will they have after the election?”

    Could you cite your source for that? I googled it and found nothing. I’m not saying it is not true or impossible as it is MSNBC but still curious where you got that number?

  • Marcus

    @Sicilian Papa….I guess the “lib. media” does the same thing the conservative media does.

  • Marcus

    @mark….Even when Obama wins, MSNBC will have plenty of material. Just look at the House Republicans who keep obstructing every decent bill that helps all Americans when they come up for vote. They even just blocked legislation to help returning war veterans with job training and help with housing and medical care. They won’t even consider voting on a Farm bill to help out farmers devastated by the drought. Believe me, they’ll have plenty of material.

  • UpAndOver

    If obama gets reelected, will he blame the ‘previous’ administration ?

  • Babygate

    Studies show that a good portion of the population, particularly younger people, get their political news from Stewart, Colbert and other entertainment sources. It would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic. While MSNBC and CNN have spent their time trying to find new ways to demonize Romney, radicals all over the middle east are stepping on our flag. And it took our government 9 days to admit what was obvious to everyone else: Libya was a deliberate terrorist attack. Obama’s foreign policy is a disgrace that has turned our country into a laughing stock but hey, at least he’s more likeable than Romney. Personally I don’t like Romney, but I don’t want him to be my bff. I don’t want hang out or party with him. I want him to use his expertise to get us out of this mess. Now that his taxes our out, media is whimpering about he only paid 14% while ignoring the fact that he gave 30% of his income away. Liberal media is a disgrace… And let’s be real, even if Fox wants to he as biased for the right as MSNBC and CNN are for the left, that’s their prerogative. It’s not like cable news were a paragon of objectivity before Fox came along.

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