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.

  • AppleStinx

    Coffee Steve wrote: “…And Did you see Axelrod go balsitic when someone at MSNBC ask him a question on Soc. Sec.? He really lost it, it even threw the host off guard.”

    That happens. Sometimes rebelious kids must be reminded of who their daddy is. :wink: :wink:

  • Robbie

    Hey Suikostinger, I do not post all that often, but I have on two separate occasions posted that MSNBC has had good numbers. I will even go so far as to say that their election ratings have done very well. Plus I am not one that thinks just because you watch MSNBC that you are stupid either. I think that people who spend that much time watching news are patriots and care enough about their country to pay attention to the news. My only dismay is Laurence Glavin, he seems moderatly intelligent but continues to call FOX personalities by less than flattering names. Seems beneath him somehow. And lastly, I love FOX News!!

  • d.d.

    Sice (sic)1929 The average recession lasts 11 months and the average recovery lasts 4 years and 10 months


    How has the Great Recession compared to past U.S. recessions? There might be no better graph to answer that question than this one from Calculated Risk. It matches job losses in the Great Recession against the last 10 downturns since World War II.



    @Coffee Steve
    *Chevy Volt Battery Plant Floundering Despite $151M from Obama

    – –
    Toyota drops plan for widespread sales of electric car

    (Reuters )9/24/12 – Toyota Motor Corp has scrapped plans for widespread sales of a new all-electric minicar, saying it had misread the market and the ability of still-emerging battery technology to meet consumer demands.


  • Ralph Hahn

    @Joe: I am not a stockholder of The News Corporation, so why would I get worried if Fox slips a bit in the ratings? They are Still Number One, and that’s all that matters. I don’t know who will win the election, but it should be based on the incumbent’s four years in office and why we should re-elect him despite his abysmal performance since taking off on 1/20/2009.

    If Americans re-elect Obama, it’s proof that most voters have been in a coma the past four years and that the election is just another popularity content as in the case of “Dancing With The Stars” or “American Idol.”

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Suiko… >>> 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……. <<<

    MSNBC is doing better than they had been. But, why all the accolades and congratulating when FNC is still Number One? A couple of the MSNBC prime time shows saw improvement, but Total Day 25-54 and 35-64 is Fox's.

    Your second line beginning with "The lefties…" made me laugh. The only time I see any non-Fox-fan giving FNC their props is by posters here who are more or less neutral, not ardent MSNBC or CNN fans.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Laurence Glavin: MSNBC’s rise in numbers has nothing to do with the soon-to-be-out-of-business “Current TV.” You have to have an audience before you
    you can say that MS-blah-blah-blah is reaping the rewards of Current’s failures.

  • Jeff

    What a hypocrite!!

    Mitt Romney’s recently released tax returns show the governor recently sold off investments in the Chinese online-video company Youku, a Chinese version of YouTube. The site was launched in 2006 and quickly became a haven for downloading illegal American content. The site has been trying to repair its image as a piracy portal since lawsuits have caused them to remove unauthorized content.

  • Jeff

    Nice!! Don’t ya just live Julianne Moore!!

    Julianne Moore won the Emmy for best actress in a miniseries for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in “Game Change,” USA Today reported.

    “Wow, I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down,” Moore quipped in her acceptance speech.

    She also took a shot at the former Alaska governor. “I wanted to give a shout out to Tina Fey and Katie Couric,” she said. “They were really influential in the 2008 election.”

  • Jeff

    Talk about Manipulation, Romney darkens his skin with make up, then he also stacks the audience with supporters.

    : Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stacked the audience at the recent Univision presidential forum with Republican activists to ensure he would get a raucous welcome when he enters the room, a moderator claims.
    Mitt also pitched a fit-just minutes before the broadcast and refused to come out unless the Spanish language network re-taped the introduction, Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas.
    “It was a very awkward moment, believe me,” New York Daily News quoted Salinas, as saying.
    According to the report, Romney was apparently upset because co-anchor Jorge Ramos mentioned that Romney had agree to give them 35 minutes, while Obama pledged an hour to answer questions the next night, Salinas said.
    While the Obama campaign had no problem filling the seats with student supporters, Team Romney could not find enough Republicans on campus.
    Facing the prospect of empty seats, the Romney campaign told the network that if they weren’t allowed to bring in outsiders they might have to ‘reschedule’, Salinas said.

  • Jeff

    Re: Akin

    Ah Newt, the gift that keeps on giving.

  • Coffee Steve


    Nice song :-) The hot bath worked better than the stupid pain Pill


    I agree, and they better be careful, Axelrod may just fire a few of them

  • Jeff

    Ted Koppel: Fox News ‘Bad for America’
    “The big thing you have to admire about Ted Koppel is that he won’t be bullied into saying anything that isn’t the truth, be it about the news or about a supposed-news organization like Fox ‘News’.  While appearing on Bill O’ Reilly’s show, he basically lambastes the network for not being a true news network and brands them a ‘business’ — nothing more, nothing less.
    Koppel notes that ideological news is bad for America – from wherever the ideology stems.  He notes that there is no question when watching FoxNews where the ideological bent comes from.  Further, he chastises O’ Reilly for pretending to be a real news anchor, especially when he goes so far as to remind O’ Reilly “Once upon a time, you and I thought journalism was a calling…” instead of just a business.
    Then, when O’Reilly says the difference between FoxNews and MSNBC is that Fox does HARD NEWS, you can almost sense Koppel is going to break out in a loud laugh.  He is kinder and more thoughtful in his response than that, but you know he must be thinking it.  Feeling it.  From his gut.
    Koppel doesn’t have any problem with a business being a business, whether for entertainment or politics, but he refuses to fall in with the FoxNews opinion that they are either REAL news or anything remotely close to it.
    In his final commentary on the network, responding to Bill O’Reilly’s suggestion that he thinks he is doing something nobel, he gives Bill a kiss-off right to his face.

  • Coffee Steve


    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad admits he was born from a Camels Butt

    Film @ 11

  • Mark2

    Wow! O’Reilly just admitted to a viewer that Brian Williams is No.#1 in Nightly News. I’m impressed that he would actually admit that.

  • Jeff

    Yeah! Let’s put him in charge of the FAA and the country.

    Mitt Romney wants to know why airplane windows do not open

    Mitt Romney, speaking at a fundraiser in California, spoke about his wife’s harrowing experience on an airplane when it filled with smoke.

    He said, according to the LA Times:

    “When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem. So it’s very dangerous. And she was choking and rubbing her eyes. Fortunately, there was enough oxygen for the pilot and copilot to make a safe landing in Denver. But she’s safe and sound.”

    So, er, that happened.

    I hope that Mitt was joking about why airplane windows don’t open (you certainly wouldn’t want to be able to open them at 20,000 feet!) but I’m reserving judgment. At this rate, I look forward to hearing from him on other safety topics.

    No wonder he keeps suggesting you let your pet ride on top of the airplane, “where there is abundant oxygen.”

    “It would be so much easier to get people out of wrecks if it weren’t for those durned seat belts they have in cars now. I don’t know why they have them.”

    “They should make it easier for you to use a hair dryer in the bathtub.”

    “Why do we need so many stoplights? I’m serious, now. They take up so much space and they’re so easy to walk into when you aren’t paying attention.”

  • Bobbyv


    I will take someone like Ted K. serious when he complains about both sides. Is he going to complain about the bent of the rest of the media too?

  • UpAndOver

    Howard Stern gets obamas’ Black supporters view on politics…

  • TheBoss1

    @Robbie … You posted, “Hey Suikostinger, I do not post all that often, but I have on two separate occasions posted that MSNBC has had good numbers. I will even go so far as to say that their election ratings have done very well. Plus I am not one that thinks just because you watch MSNBC that you are stupid either. I think that people who spend that much time watching news are patriots and care enough about their country to pay attention to the news. ….And lastly, I love FOX News!!”

    Fair post.

  • Bsotgnw

    upandover….that says it all

  • Coffee Steve

    Special Note:

    Do NOT, I repeat DO NOT! lift 100 pound bags of feed and toss them in a loft at age 57 “even if” you are in decent shape **WARNING** WARNING

    My back feels like a rubber band fully flexed and about ready to tear OWACH!!!

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