Cable News Ratings for Friday, September 21, 2012

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September 24th, 2012

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for September 21, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,267            282            554
CNN         388            105            153
MSNBC         682            239            302
CNBC         163             41             70
FBN           57             16             25
HLN         193             74            110
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,410            431            911
CNN         507            146            218
MSNBC       1,359            449            641
CNBC         128             51             55
FBN           37             13             21
HLN         280            105            159
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,136            286            606
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         259            100            124
MSNBC Morning Joe         605            266            313
CNBC Squawk Box         148             41             73
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         236            135            177
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,908            430            759
CNN SITUATION ROOM         502            104            157
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,177            293            470
CNBC MONEY IN MOTION         141             28             38
CNBC OPTIONS ACTION         158             26             39
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       2,153            418            890
CNN SITUATION ROOM         450            109            171
MSNBC POLITICS NATION       1,146            361            495
CNBC MAD MONEY         165             40             86
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         238             71            104
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,844            414            755
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         391             87            176
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,009            324            404
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         129             24             46
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         232             82            134
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,958            561         1,125
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         494            129            237
MSNBC ED SHOW       1,430            455            683
CNBC TARGET: INSIDE BULLSEYE           90             35             38
HLN NANCY GRACE MYSTERIES         334             95            153
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       2,321            408            865
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         543            153            205
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       1,731            587            875
CNBC ULTIMATE FACTORIES         162             60             61
HLN DR. DREW         221             78            141
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD SPCL       1,927            324            738
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         484            154            211
MSNBC SNL WEEKND UPDATE SPECIAL         915            306            365
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         132             59             66
HLN NANCY GRACE MYSTERIES         284            144            182
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,306            370            690
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         311            112            145
MSNBC ED SHOW         452            231            180
CNBC MAD MONEY           44             20             34
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         194             70            109

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.

  • XYZ

    Looks like MSNBC had a good week last week – another clean sweep by Rachel as well.

  • Ralph Hahn

    FNC wins Friday, Total Day, 25-54.

  • XYZ

    Wow, Morning Joe almost beat F&F in the demo as well

  • gspot

    Ed Show is creeping up on O’Reilly in the key demo and Rachel destroyed Hannity!

  • Ralph Hahn

    @XYZ: “Hannity” was a special of some sorts. True, MSNBC had a good week…for #2. “Maddow” wom the older demos, but no clean sweep. Hannity had more viewers.

  • Joe

    @Raph Hahn

    You’re getting worried again Ralph. MSNBC is doing well. The sad part is you can’t admit it.

  • Joe


    Oh so now it was a special lol. More excuses. A conservative person who is desperate for his show to win in the ratings. It’s so ridiculous. Because if Fox wins in the ratings, Romney will win the election? Nooooooo.

  • Ratboy

    @ gspot
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 1:46 PM
    Ed Show is creeping up on O’Reilly in the key demo and Rachel destroyed Hannity!

    Yea I heard that FOX cancelled there staff Christmas party, cut back on all office supplies and are in negotiations to reduce Hannity and OReilly’s salary they are so worried about MSNBC! :shock:

  • Laurence Glavin

    I don’t know if MSNBC’s success was the cause, but it looks as though Al Gore’s Current TV is throwing in the towel. It may continue in some form, but it appears to be pruning all the opinion shows except THe Young Turks and Elliott Spitzer’ show. The Bill Press and Stephanie Miller radio/TV simulcasts, gone. Joy Behar and Jennifer Granholm, also gone. A few weeks ago, Current said that they would add a show permanently hosted by John Fugelsang, but when I used my cable provider’s guide to upcoming programs on channel 107 (Comcast) where Current is slotted, that’s the info they displayed. Right-wingers may exult that Current is thereby diminished, but it may just reflect the surge in MSNBC’s numbers.

  • Suikostinger

    Why is it that the Fox News lovers can’t admit that MSNBC is doing well and creeping up on them in the Demo? The lefties give Fox News the props when they are always number 1…….

  • Ratboy

    @ Laurence Glavin
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 2:09 PM
    I don’t know if MSNBC’s success was the cause, but it looks as though Al Gore’s Current TV is throwing in the towel

    OH NO!!!!!!!! JENNIFER IS GONE????!!!! Now I feel the same as when she was no longer Governor of my state……………………..HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN THE SUN SHINING CLEAR AGAIN HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol:

  • Suikostinger


    suiko, I am waiting. Either the post or your apology. If you have a post I will apologize. I’m not asking a lot, just back up that one item that you posted.

    LOL! REALLY? You think I’m going to go look for a post from 8-9 months ago maybe more of where you said something? You do realize that the comments were wiped clean a few months ago. Just be quiet please. You know you’ve said it. You know you’ve called me names. You know that you were SOOOO bad that you even tried to ask for my forgiveness (lol) and even admitted it to this whole “forum”. Just stop talking to/about me. JUST STOP. GET OVER IT. Just don’t mention my name. I know you can’t. Every time I’m gone from this website for a week or two you mention my name and say something bad about me. You say that I’m the one that starts it, when you mention me after weeks of me not even typing in here. It’s a shame that someone of your age acts like this. JUST STOP. You are making yourself look like a fool. (especially when you say I’m Jessica)

  • HRJ

    Can’t we all just get along?

    Rev. Al did very good Friday. MSNBC is on the move.

  • AppleStinx

    Laurence Glavin wrote: “…but it looks as though Al Gore’s Current TV is throwing in the towel. It may continue in some form, but it appears to be pruning all the opinion shows except THe Young Turks and Elliott Spitzer’ show.”

    Armenians and descendants will probably never tune in to watch “The Young Turks” or CurrentTV while it’s on.

  • Rod D

    Rev. Al is putting the heat on Bret Baier in the demo.

    It won’t be long before Sharpton is beating the guy! :)

  • Sia

    MSNBC isn’t doing as good as FOX so please stop trying to make it like people give a damn about those crazy left wing nuts. And nobody is coming close to Oreilly either.

  • tomgeorgia

    What are the numbers for the blaze

  • Letmethink

    Early Start/Starting Point still can’t get out of the 200’s. They should go the way of current tv.

  • Annie

    L. Glavin, where did you hear that The Stephanie Miller show and The Bill Press Show were cancelled? I watch them every AM, and I searched but can’t find any news about either show being cancelled.

  • AppleStinx

    It wasn’t long ago when people came in here to claim that MSNBC didn’t do well in the demo on Friday nights because their viewers had a life. What happened? :grin:

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