Cable News Ratings for Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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September 26th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for September 25, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC    1,309        293         580
CNN      413        121         189
MSNBC      673        210         318
CNBC      144         39           77
FBN        61         13           26
HLN      166         68           92
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC    2,428        531       1,024
CNN      705        203         343
MSNBC    1,362        410         606
CNBC      124         54           75
FBN        61         24           36
HLN      220         83         115
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends    1,041        234         513
CNN Early Start/Starting Point      200         62           86
MSNBC Morning Joe      582        208         314
CNBC Squawk Box      110         29           57
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade      192        100         143
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE    2,101        408         868
CNN SITUATION ROOM      630        146         286
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS    1,100        252         467
CNBC FAST MONEY      151         23           54
HLN EVENING EXPRESS      114         33           60
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER    2,282        453         973
CNN SITUATION ROOM      553        111         214
MSNBC POLITICS NATION    1,002        310         411
CNBC MAD MONEY        95         29           52
HLN EVENING EXPRESS      130         19           44
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH    2,128        493         982
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      484        124         199
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS    1,119        350         480
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT      124         32           58
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL      224         67           87
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    3,205        705       1,340
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      519        150         263
MSNBC ED SHOW    1,265        394         550
CNBC J CREW & MAN DRSSD AMER        35         18           18
HLN NANCY GRACE      306        121         151
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY    2,183        482         947
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT      906        209         393
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW    1,422        454         650
CNBC 60 MINUTES ON CNBC      134         36           74
HLN DR. DREW      158         56           78
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA    1,864        396         771
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      687        249         370
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL    1,399        382         616
CNBC AMERICAN GREED      203        106         132
HLN NANCY GRACE      197         72         114
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    1,239        375         649
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      422        146         252
MSNBC ED SHOW      694        223         348
CNBC MAD MONEY        99         46           48
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT      178         65           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.

  • Gabriel

    Posted September 26, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    but it is difficult to debate someone who is untruthful


    So if Romney struggles in the debates then it is Obama’s untruthfulness, and not Romney’s incompetence, that caused it? Hahaha. Everyone is to blame for Obama’s widening lead. Except the sh*tty candidate Romney.

  • Gabriel

    Posted September 26, 2012 at 2:14 PM
    The sad thing about Fox News is that they have a disadvantage, because the majority of viewers are conservative, and not to many conservatives can get access to a television, since we have to work 2 to 3 jobs so we can pay our taxes and provide free cable for all you free loading liberials !!!!!!!


    Conservatives here don’t lack time. You must be talking about the other job creating conservatives.

  • Letmethink

    Sam, I know the demo is important but don’t know that it is all that matters. I watch MJ some as it is the only program on MSNBC that tries to present both points of view from time to time. I have stopped trying to watch any of the other programs on MSNBC. I am sure you feel the same way about FOX. I guess it is human nature to primarily watch people you agree with. I will have to disagree with you about Mika. Everyone on the set seems to like her and enjoys kidding with her. I don’t like to watch her because I find her posturing and facial expressions exasperating. Again you probably don’t feel that way–but as the old saying goes—that is why they make chocolate and vanilla ice cream–so people can have a choice. At least we are involved–that’s a good thing–right?

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Me: >>> That’s why I don’t put too much credence in these early polls. <<<

    Although I do put Creedence in my Jeep's CD player. Betcha "Fortunate Son" will get a lot of play by the Obama station. lol

  • Mark


    If Obama’s team is smart they just make a list of 20 Romney quotes over the past 10 years and keep popping them up anytime Romney takes a stance on an issue that you have a quote that counteracts it. Make the debate Romney vs Romney. lol

  • Edith Wilson

    HOW COULD ANY INTELLIGENT PERSON , DECLARE fOX AS A’QUOTE’ BETTER NETWORK. Is it because it’s the most racist network and that’s WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR AND THEY EXPRESS YOUR TRUE FEELINGS. We need to pray for the Fox watchers.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Mark: Obama is the last person that I would give debate pointers to. But, yes, Obama’s team is smart. Half of this nation is hypnotized because Barack seems so cool. When it comes to the American people, he always makes the wrong decision. Starting with Gitmo, which he and Holder eventually saw the light. And, that mosque planned near 1 World Trade Center. He and Holder finally made the right decision, kicking and screaming, although it was probably a New York City zoning decision.

  • Letmethink

    I was on the debate team for my high school and worked with/travelled with the debate team in college. I wish these debates could be handled in the same way real debates are handled. Each debaters arguments noted, each debaters response noted. Any argument not addressed and refuted you are marked down. If false info, statistics are used, the debater is marked down severely. This is a way people could watch, score and then decide for themselves. Who won or lost could be based on something more than bias.
    Well, gotta go. Have a great night all!

  • Mark2

    Hey Mark, here a couple of those flip-flops.

    He was for a woman’s right to choose before he was against it.
    He was for universal healthcare before he was against it.
    He was for the Stimulus before he was against it.
    He was against the auto bailout before trying to take credit for their rescue.
    He said he never had the desire to serve in Vietnam before saying he longed to be there.
    He was for minimum wage before he was against it.
    He was against returning to the Reagan-Bush era before saying he was for it.
    He was for Stem-Cell research before he was against it.
    He said he didn’t care about the 47% before saying he cared about the 100%.
    He was for the assault rifle ban before saying he was against it.
    He was against signing the Tax pledge before being the first to sign it.
    He said he saw his father march with MLK before admitting he never saw it.
    He was ok with hiring illegals to cut his lawn before he was against it.
    He said he was a big game hunter before he said he wasn’t.
    He said corporations were people before saying they weren’t.
    He was against Obamacare before saying he liked the main parts of it before saying he was against it again.
    He was for a path to citizenship before being against it, before being for it again.
    He was for the TARP before he was against it.
    He was for Roe v Wade before he was against it.
    He was against people going to the Emergency Room before he was all for it.

  • Mark


    I personally wish the debate had a rule you can’t mention the other person’s name or policies, debate on your own plans. I basically see a whole debate from both sides, the other side sucks/the other side believes/etc. without much info what they personally stand for.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Edith: When people start throwing the word “racist” around all the time, specifically when it comes to Republicans and conservatives, have absolitely no idea what’s going on. Fox discussion shows lean conservative but they are in no way Totally Liberal as MSNBC. The Fox newscasts ARE “Fair and Balanced” but that’s from 9AM-5PM, and 6-8PM. “O’Reilly,” “Hannity,” Greta, they make no bones about their program leaning right, but at least they have credible Democrats on to debate the issue. Fox probably employs more Democrat contributors than MSNBC does.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Mark2: Hey, Mark2. Did you make that list up yourself, or did you “borrow” it from some Democrat blogger?

    @Mark(Just Mark): If I were you I’d come up with another first name so that you won’t be laughed at what Mark2 comes up with. lol

  • Mark


    People like Megyn Kelly “fair and balanced”? lol

    MSNBC has it’s share of toekn Republicans to talk like Fox has it’s token Democrats. The only difference between Fox and MSNBC is I would think FOX has a slightly higher amount of people I would consider moderate Republicans compared to MSNBC’s moderate Democrats, all that being said the more the hosts talk on Fox you can see a definite bias towards the right

  • Mark

    I think a perfect example of Fox not being “Fair and balanced” is the 5, you have a far right host, with 2 other Republicans and a joker who leans to the right counteracted by a moderate Democrats. that’s hardly a balanced lineup in my books.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Mark & Letmethink: Lamestream media does not want to ask someone (particularly a conservative) a direct question, straight on. They want to take the slimiest lie from something the other camp put out and they look for a ‘gotcha’ reaction. Like that phony Katie Couric. Does anyone remember any other question that Sarah Palin was asked but Katie’s “WHat newspapers do you read?” lameass question? As they used to say: “What has THAT have to do with the price of rice?”

  • Sicilian Papa


    the lefties

    The polls look good for you but FOX dismantled MSNBC yesterday.

  • Mark


    “what newspapers do you read” is the biggest softball question I ever seen, yet somehow Katie Couric is painted up at some evil Gotcha artist for it. To funny lol

  • lbsles

    WaPo Factchecker: Obama’s Claim That ‘90 percent’ of the Current Deficit is Due to Bush Policies is a LIE

    Go to link to see chart:

    This chart looks backward, to the reasons why the projected $5.6 trillion surplus from 2001 disappeared. It is based on these CBO data, which the Fact Checker column first brought to public view in early 2011. So we are quite familiar with it. This is how we broke down the numbers then in explaining the reasons for the disappearance of the surplus and the rise of monster deficits:

    Increased spending (discretionary and mandatory): $4.3 trillion (36.5 percent)

    Incorrect CBO estimates (economic/technical reasons): $3.3 trillion (28 percent)

    Tax cuts: $2.8 trillion (24 percent)

    Higher interest costs: $1.4 trillion (12 percent)

    But Obama’s policies also played a big role during his presidency. Using the CBO data for the years 2009-2011, here’s a very rough calculation of the contribution to the deficit. To keep things simple, we did not try to allocate interest expense, and we did not include categories of spending or taxes that were difficult to allocate.

    The 2009 fiscal year is especially hard because that budget year is so much of an amalgam of Bush and Obama policies; we essentially split the cost of the Troubled Asset Relief Program between the two of them. Since this is not intended to be exact, but illustrative, we have rounded numbers and percentages:


    Economic/technical differences: $570 billion (46 percent)

    Bush policies: $330 billion (27 percent)

    Obama policies: $325 billion (27 percent)


    Economic/technical: $815 billion (51 percent)

    Bush: $225 billion (14 percent)

    Obama: $565 billion (35 percent)


    Economic/technical: $720 billion (46 percent)

    Bush: $160 billion (10 percent)

    Obama: $685 billion (44 percent)

    Clearly, a huge part of the deficit problem — about half — stems from the recession and forecasting errors. But Obama’s policies represent a big chunk as well. (We would welcome suggestions for fine-tuning these numbers.)

    Now one could argue, as Obama’s defenders do, that his policies to combat the recession were intended to be temporary. But he has also supported permanently extending the Bush tax cuts for Americans making less than $250,000, which by itself will shrink federal revenues for years to come. That means these are no longer Bush’s tax cuts, but Obama’s.

    Not to get too deep in the weeds again, but the claim is based on treating 2009 (as we said, an amalgam of Bush and Obama policies) as actually Bush’s year, and then ignoring Obama’s proposed spending increases in the future. Such calculations help to dramatically shrink the growth of spending under Obama relative to other presidents.


  • Sicilian Papa

    A brow beating by FOX across the board.

  • Sam

    @ Letmethink,

    “Again you probably don’t feel that way–but as the old saying goes—that is why they make chocolate and vanilla ice cream–so people can have a choice. At least we are involved–that’s a good thing–right?”

    Of course . I would mind listening to a rightie as long as they are reasonable. But I find the crowd at Fox and friends exaggerate thing on an “armageddon” level so they lost me long time ago.

    Joe on the other hand is reasonable in his criticism and actually makes sense sometimes. I just dislike how disrespectful he is to Mika, on Monday he kept laughing like a jack a$$ with his pals while Mika is trying to read the news.

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