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.

  • Coffee Steve

    Watergate part 2?

    *Rep. Grimm on office burglary: ‘An assault on democracy and the political process’

    Computer data stolen, files corrupted and erased at New York re-election office

    Republican Rep. Michael Grimm’s re-election campaign headquarters to find windows shattered by rocks and pieces of cement.

    Grimm released a statement that the burglary “is a disgraceful act of cowardice that is beneath the people I represent,” adding that he had “never saw anything as dirty or disgraceful as this.”

    There are no known suspects, according to police. However, a press release states that police do believe that the broken windows is a “cover-up for the burglary in which the suspect corrupted and erased the hard-drive of the campaign computer server, which contains confidential campaign files and polling data.”

  • lets be clear

    MSNBC is considered a news network? I thought they were part of the reelection campaign for Obama.

  • Doug Z

    Even as President Obama avoids meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today to save time for hanging with the ladies on The View

  • Doug Z

    Canadian Prime Minister will be meeting with Netanyahu.

  • Doug Z

    Coffee Steve
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Watergate part 2?

    *Rep. Grimm on office burglary: ‘An assault on democracy and the political process’

    G. Man would not do it like that.

  • Doug Z

    That’s one reason why American businesses are moving to Canada. Also because they are becoming energy self-sufficient and business tax rate is 15%.

  • Doug Z

    Unlike the incredibly stupid politicians in the US, Canada has had the sense to reduce corporate tax rates and encourage manufacturing. You guys are also increasing the harvesting of your natural mineral resources (oil).

    Good for you. It’s good to know that there is still some intelligence left somewhere on this planet.

    Would you guys please be kind enough to give us a discount on your beer once we run out of money and the resources to create our own?

  • Mark

    @Doug Z
    Unlike the incredibly stupid politicians in the US, Canada has had the sense to reduce corporate tax rates and encourage manufacturing. You guys are also increasing the harvesting of your natural mineral resources (oil).
    Do you really want to bring up Canada in a discussion about US politics as an example to try strive to be like? You do know they have Universal Health Care and the tax rates their as significantly higher then the US. lol

  • Mark

    Speaking of Canada and Universal health Care, for those believing the BS Fox spews about how Canadians hate it.

    Here is a list of the Greatest Canadians


    #1 on the list is the guy who brought Universal Health Care to Canada in the 1940s

  • Hillbilly

    I still haven’t saw it reported by the MSM. Is it so bogus its not worth the time? Their not aware the suit was filed? I have no idea. If true Bush & Nobama should be in deep doo doo IMO. From what i understand the EPA has stated PM2.5 is bad for you. They made claims (in front of congress) as to how bad it is. Then allegedly conducted tests on humans, exposing them to unsafe levels.

    The filing to the EPA case. PDF

    Since 2004 and continuing through the Obama administration, the U.S. EPA illegally exposed sick people to high levels of PM2.5 and diesel exhaust (which contains PM2.5)

  • Hillbilly

    FNC & MSNBC both had two shows on the list.

    Bill O number 1 in total viewers – 2.958.

    WWE FRI NIGHT Smackdown number 1 (original cable program) – 0.8

  • Hillbilly

    Get a preview of Nobama’s visit to The View.

  • Hillbilly

    Is anybody else seeing a dark purple “new” on the Tonight in Prime Time box? Sometimes it’s light blue (like normal) other times mine is dark purple.

  • AppleStinx


    No colored boxes here. I’m using a custom style, though. I’ll turn it off to see what happens.

  • AppleStinx


    No colored boxes either way. The ones you see, are they kind of psychedelic by any chance?

  • Sicilian Papa



    Gee, Ted Koppel says FOX news is bad for America. A member of the corrupt lib. media. What a shocker!

    The whole “bump in the road” comment, I don’t see any political fallout. Unless of course you are Mitt Romney then you would be destroyed for the comment by the corrupt vermin in the lib. media. The lib. media is a nice poodle to own.

  • Mark2

    Hey Billy,

    Rachel Maddow was actually ranked higher than O’Reilly on that link you posted.

  • Mark2

  • Mark2

    Hey UpandOver, that’s the White version. A little bit of history and current event questions. Present day questions start around 3:10.

  • Phil

    Nielson has one redeeming value and that is setting advertising so all of you touting Fox’s total viewers really don’t get it. Fox is getting trounced in web site visits, ap downloads, eyeballs in hotel rooms, viewership online and on airports & worldwide so sorry try again. The only thing total viewers says is Fox has more avid viewers, who are essentially stuck to their couches. Bottom line there are much better ways to figure out the total numbers of viewers in the country than Nielson and advertisers know that , hence why they love the Demo.
    MSNBC’s numbers are astonishing considering they were on the brink of survival less than nine years ago. Love him or hate him Olberman’s set them up for success and the network built around him and ultimately replaced him. The quality of Rachel Maddow’s show has grown tremendously, Ed & Lawrence are character’s who is easy to like, they have personalities. The network is growing and attracting viewers. However, I blame these numbers on Fox’s Hubris. They went overboard with the Attacks on Obama, I mean the network that had nothing negative to say about Bush has nothing positive to say about Obama. The collusion with Romney’s campaign on the you built it thing, Hannity sitting on every RNC members lap, O’Rielly lecturing on what ever he wants to day by day, it turns people off. I stopped watching Fox when I saw statements I heard in full context get distorted & twisted to benefit Romney. I’m pretty sure they turned off a lot of people like me but they have no one to blame but themselves. I don’t like being brain washed and they are 24/7 infomercial, say what you want about MSNBC but I have not witnessed the yellow journalism that’s happening at Fox

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