Cable News Ratings for Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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September 27th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Wednesday, September 26, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC    1,337        318         585
CNN      381        122         181
MSNBC      712        210         334
CNBC      161         47           80
FBN        61           9           25
HLN      225         84         120
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC    2,748        568       1,057
CNN      602        213         317
MSNBC    1,521        438         700
CNBC      213        102         104
FBN        42         14           21
HLN      343        110         161
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends    1,119        314         604
CNN Early Start/Starting Point      219         86         129
MSNBC Morning Joe      503        189         287
CNBC Squawk Box      129         35           67
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade      279        150         202
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE    1,852        429         745
CNN SITUATION ROOM      557        105         211
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS    1,206        237         505
CNBC FAST MONEY      188         24           67
HLN EVENING EXPRESS        92         34           43
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER    2,017        386         847
CNN SITUATION ROOM      531        122         197
MSNBC POLITICS NATION      984        308         433
CNBC MAD MONEY      202         36           93
HLN EVENING EXPRESS      158         55           65
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH    1,860        372         746
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      630        180         314
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS    1,053        354         487
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT      145         28           67
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL      323        101         119
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    3,471        726       1,310
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      702        218         390
MSNBC ED SHOW    1,336        371         623
CNBC ULTIMATE FIGHTING:FISTFUL      114         55           76
HLN NANCY GRACE      447        137         214
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY    2,528        530       1,017
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT      627        240         317
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW    1,672        504         748
CNBC AMER GREED THE FUGITIVES      315        162         127
HLN DR. DREW      299         85         135
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA    2,214        445         832
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      477        180         244
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL    1,553        439         726
CNBC AMERICAN GREED      209         88         110
HLN NANCY GRACE      282        107         135
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    1,511        442         855
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      366        136         201
MSNBC ED SHOW      824        266         392
CNBC MAD MONEY      120         76           94
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT      293         96         149

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.

  • Matthew

    “Coffee would have already been right if we didn’t have QE 1 2 and 3. Matthew they are propping up the Market with monoploy money. Oh yeah.”

    If you want to put it that way, then every major economy is being propped up with monopoly money. There is no magical country that’s using a non-fiat currency, that has no central banks, and is somehow thriving. What’s lost in all of the hysterics over The Fed is this simple truth: America is still the least terrible option. That’s not an optimistic view, but that’s the way it is. Who’s going to call us on QE: China? Europe? They’re even worse.

  • Sicilian Papa



    I am voicing my political opinions. These are things as I see them. I don’t think it is bad thing thing to be passionate about your politics. I don’t put to much stock in any politician but I do believe the road President Obama is leading us down is disastrous.

  • Coffee Steve

    You might, in general, be inclined toward worst-case-scenario thinking because, on some level, you know this will be damaging to the current president.

    I shall consider your thoughts in future post Matthew.


    GrandDaughter wants Ice Cream :-)

  • Matthew

    @Coffee: Sorry if I was being overly mean or confrontational. I’m just stressed out, since I’ve spent all of my free time in the last month playing nursemaid to a Dachshund with a herniated disc. I have a short fuse for Human Beings right now.

  • Sicilian Papa



    Sometimes it’s better to struggle. Printing money only makes it worse.

  • Sicilian Papa



    Hang in there, you know I’m a little stressed right now. I am going to do something else. You have great evening. I always enjoy your posts they are well thought out and intelligent. No jab there I mean it.

  • Matthew

    “Printing money only makes it worse.”

    That depends entirely on the recession. You know, the period without centralized banking and fiat currency wasn’t some amazing period of economic stability in the U.S.. Just look at all of the recessions and depressions during the 19th century. They were frequent, and they were devastating, with GDP sometimes declining as much as 30%. The unpredictability of commodities (for example, the discoveries of new silver mines) lead to frequent deflation and wealth destruction. There’s a reason that even right-leaning economists mostly favor the existence of centralized banking, and agree that small (1 – 5%) annual inflation is a GOOD thing for an economy. Just because a lot more Republican candidates are taking up Austrian School rhetoric, that doesn’t mean that those views are actually mainstream or popular.

  • Matthew

    “Hang in there, you know I’m a little stressed right now. I am going to do something else. You have great evening. I always enjoy your posts they are well thought out and intelligent. No jab there I mean it.”

    Alright, thank you. Have a nice evening. It’s just been so long since I’ve had time to read this site that I’m going a little overboard.

  • d.d.

    For those who are interested in the ‘Project Part 2 ‘ Muslim Brotherhood

  • AppleStinx

    Letmethink wrote: “early Start/Starting Point still low 200. My question is why is anyone watching them?”

    Just to play devil’s advocate, it is possible that the show does well in one of those 3 hours (in which case I can’t imagine how low the other hours are). Something like ‘Fox & Friends’, which got 1,532K for the 8am hour, but averaged only 1,119K for the entire program.

  • AppleStinx

    Yikes. Wrong day.

  • DB

    Mark2 says “the Libya thing is a joke”. Why don’t you tell the Ambassador’s family that.

  • usnretiredx2


    “Al Gore blames Obama’s bad performance on Denver’s high altitude”

    I lived in Denver many, many years ago before I joined the Navy.

  • usnretiredx2

    May be Obama did a stop there too and fell on his head. You Know the high you go the less air and we all know what a Air head he is. oops did I say that?

  • usnretiredx2

    One time I went up

  • usnretiredx2

    Pikes Peak and when

  • usnretiredx2

    I got out of the car

  • usnretiredx2

    I passed out.

  • usnretiredx2

    I blacked out.

  • 1966


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