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.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Mark: On the set of “The Five,” Democrats don’t need another panelist at the table. I like Bob Beckel personally and I believe that he’s enough of a Democrat-lib panelist to fight against the other 4. Then again, there are MSNBC shows with nothing BUT liberal Democrats. So, which network is more fair?

  • Ralph Hahn

    See y’all tomorrow. I’ve got things to do.

  • Sicilian Papa

    The media is declaring this race over. Not good news for MSNBC.


    Edith Wilson

    Get a gripe, we have been listening to that racist crap for forty years. We don’t agree with your politics not someones color!!!!!!!!

  • lbsles

    U.S. Officials Knew Libya Attacks Were Work of Al Qaeda Affiliates
    by Eli Lake Sep 26, 2012 4:45 AM EDT

    Sources say intelligence agencies knew within a day that al Qaeda affiliates were behind the attacks in Benghazi, Libya—they even knew where one of the attackers lived. Eli Lake reports.

    The intelligence officials who spoke to The Daily Beast did so anonymously because they weren’t authorized to speak to the press. They said U.S. intelligence agencies developed leads on four of the participants of the attacks within 24 hours of the fire fight that took place mainly at an annex near the Benghazi consulate. For one of those individuals, the U.S. agencies were able to find his location after his use of social media. “We had two kinds of intelligence on one guy,” this official said. “We believe we had enough to target him.”

    Another U.S. intelligence official said, “There was very good information on this in the first 24 hours. These guys have a return address. There are camps of people and a wide variety of things we could do.”


  • Sicilian Papa



    One is Beckel is worth five Alan Combs. Combs is a very nice guy.

  • lbsles

    Lucy, who’s lying here?

    White House: Obama believes Libya attacks were terrorism.

    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Though he has so far declined to use the word, the White House confirmed that President Obama does believe the attack against four Americans in Libya was an act of terrorism.

    “It is the president’s view that it was a terrorist attack,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters en route to Ohio on Wednesday.

    Since then, the administration has used the word “terrorism” to describe the attack — but the president himself as not. In an interview this week on ABC’s “The View.” Obama acknowledged that the incident in Benghazi was more than just a “mob action” but he stopped short of using the word terrorism.

    Asked why, Carney said: “There is no reason beyond his trying to provide a full explanation of his views.”


  • Sicilian Papa


    Mark 2

    MSNBC will sink like a stone as Obama rises in the polls.

  • Doug Z

    Convicted Felon Soros: Rule of law can rid the world of poverty…

    Just like a Lib that is part of the 1% and was catch steeling-Stock manipulation for a living, convicted felon

  • Mark

    @Ralph Hahn
    On the set of “The Five,” Democrats don’t need another panelist at the table. I like Bob Beckel personally and I believe that he’s enough of a Democrat-lib panelist to fight against the other 4. Then again, there are MSNBC shows with nothing BUT liberal Democrats. So, which network is more fair?
    Maybe you only like 1 Democrat on the panel but I would like to see a show with an equal amount of guys on both sides, that to me is “fair and balanced”. What’s even worse is the guy who is the host is probably the worst of the bunch when it comes to viewpoints, they would be better off making the comedian guy the host of the show.

    As for MSNBC, as I said they have their fair share of righties come on to shows just like Fox. Maybe you don’t like them but they do have guys like Steve Schmidt, Joe Scarbourough, Michael Steele and a bunch of other guys who make alot of appearances who give the POV fromt he right.

    I think in general on both Fox and MSNBC the guys from the other side know their job is just to provide a counterpoint without calling the network out on it’s crap. Nothing against the libs on Fox but they annoy me to no end for not calling Fox out on it’s crap(much like I expect you to complain about the righties on MSNBC not calling MSNBC out on it’s crap)

    The only difference to me between FOX and MSNBC is MSNBC doesn’t put on a charade that it’s fair and balanced

  • lbsles

    New book raises questions about Obama’s Handling of Iraq and His Lies.

    Obama constantly tells his weak-minded followers how he ended the Iraq War. The agreement for US troop withdrawal was actually signed by President Bush. All Obama did was follow the Bush agreement.

    Has Obama fulfilled his most famous national security campaign commitment from 2008: to end the Iraq war “more responsibly” than he says we began it? According to this excerpt from Michael Gordon’s new book on Iraq, the answer may well turn out to be no.

    Gordon is considered by many to be the best reporter on the Iraq war and his long-awaited book is likely to shed new light particularly on the last half-decade of U.S. involvement. The excerpt in Sunday’s New York Times covers the Obama administration’s failed effort to negotiate terms for the long-planned-for stay-behind military force. The Obama administration is understandably reluctant to talk about these efforts much, and nowadays when the president mentions Iraq he makes it sound like he never considered anything other than withdrawing all but a handful of U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011. However, if that was what the president secretly intended all along, it was not what the administration was officially pursuing for the first several years when it tried, unsuccessfully, to negotiate a new Status of Forces Agreement.

    “I raised questions about some of these developments as they unfolded (see here, here, and here) and now Gordon’s reporting is pulling back the veil to answer some of those questions.”

    The picture is not very pretty. Gordon documents:

    1) A president unable to engage in effective personal diplomacy at crunch time because he had failed to invest in the hard work of retail diplomacy along the way.

    2)A team whose wild over-confidence contributed to the failure to react in a timely manner to an unraveling situation. In one of the most devastating items in the piece, Gordon quotes Vice President Biden: “I’ll bet you my vice presidency Maliki will extend the SOFA,” he added, referring to the Status of Forces Agreement the Obama administration hoped to negotiate.”

    3) A team paralyzed by infighting and poisonous civil-military relations. Gordon reports that Thomas Donilon, Obama’s national security advisor, criticized Admiral Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for presenting military advice that ran counter to what the White House wanted to hear.


  • Doug Z

    Edith Wilson
    Posted September 26, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    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.

    When Libs have no intelligent speech , they use race. It comes easy for they are the racist.

  • Sicilian Papa


    Doug Z

    Is everything cool between us. I never had a problem with you. If you don’t like me I can live with that. People usually have to meet before they dislike me or think I’m sick.

    I read your posts and I think they are good.

  • Doug Z


    Please sum up post. I am not smart enough to read it and Libs will not take the time

  • Mark2


    Fox News producers actually want Obama to win…it would guarantee their high ratings for the next 4 years.

  • lbsles

    After WaPo Columnist Exposes Obama Skipping Intelligence Briefings, WaPo Columnist Attempts to Explain Away Obama Skipping Intelligence Briefings

    Let it not be said that columnists don’t have clout.

    Take, for example, Washington Post op-ed columnist Marc Thiessen’s Sept. 10 piece saying President Obama has failed to attend his daily intelligence briefing “more than half the time.”

    Thiessen’s column was based on numbers from the Government Accountability Institute, which he described as a “new conservative investigative research organization.” (It’s now being called a “nonpartisan” research group.)

    Karl Rove’s Operation Crossroads super PAC picked up on the analysis when it blistered Obama in an ad for his supposed inattentiveness to foreign policy and cited Thiessen’s Post column.

    Next thing you know, as Kessler points out to us, the White House schedule started looking a little different. On Sept. 14 (four days after Thiessen’s column) and every workday since, through Monday, it listed Obama — and sometimes Vice President Biden — as being briefed.

    Asked about that recent uptick in Obama’s “attendance, ” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said Tuesday afternoon: “As we’ve said countless times, the president reads the PDB every day and most days he’s in D.C. has an Oval [Office] session.” Vietor added that the scheduling had “nothing to do” with Thiessen’s column.

    More interesting obumbles shenanigans also posted here:


  • Doug Z

    Mark2 I never see Michael Steele anymore . He did kick A. MSNBC Does not have any conservatives on. Repubs do not count.

  • Doug Z


    when you post I think I am at an intelligent briefing

  • Doug Z

    Sicilian Papa
    Posted September 26, 2012 at 3:13 PM


    Doug Z

    Is everything cool between us. I never had a problem with you. If you don’t like me I can live with that. People usually have to meet before they dislike me or think I’m sick.

    I read your posts and I think they are good.

    Did I write that./

  • lbsles

    Obamanomics: Household Incomes Fall in August…Down 8.2% Under Obama

    How can this be? Obama is the self-proclaimed hero of the middle class.

    In another sign that the economic recovery under President Obama is not producing gains for average Americans, median household incomes fell 1.1% in August to $50,678, according to a report released Tuesday by Sentier Research.

    Since the economic recovery started in June 2009, household incomes are down 5.7%, the Sentier data show, and they are down more than 8% since Obama took office.

    Earlier this month, the Census Bureau released its annual report showing that the number of people in poverty was nearly 3 million higher in 2011 than in 2009, an increase of 6%.

    That report also found that average incomes for middle- and lower-income households fell in 2011 after adjusting for inflation. They rose only for the wealthiest 20% of households.

    The average inflation-adjusted income for households in the middle 20% is now lower than it’s been since 1995, the census report found.

    And a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released this month found that the number of uninsured climbed 1 million in the first three months of 2012 compared with last year.

    The number of people in the labor force has fallen more than half a million in the past two months, with the participation rate down to 63.5%, a rate not seen in the past 30 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Almost 83,000 signed up for federal disability benefits in September, and more than 736,000 have joined in the first nine months of this year, according to the Social Security Administration. That’s a higher enrollment rate than the first nine months of the Obama presidency.

    On the other hand, the Consumer Confidence Index climbed in September to 70.3, a nine-point increase from August, according to the Conference Board.


  • Sicilian Papa

    It was under your name last night. I was taken aback because I have never had a cross word with you. Forget…move on.

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