Cable News Ratings for Thursday, September 27, 2012

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September 28th, 2012



Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Thursday, September 27, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC    1,361        331         612
CNN      373        109         168
MSNBC      685        214         327
CNBC      155         47           86
FBN        54         12           22
HLN      173         78         107
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC    2,483        469         934
CNN      517        123         200
MSNBC    1,243        372         609
CNBC      160         78           91
FBN        54         17           21
HLN      270         97         144
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends    1,149        374         609
CNN Early Start/Starting Point      218         86         116
MSNBC Morning Joe      552        198         267
CNBC Squawk Box      131         42           79
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade      225        119         164
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE    1,960        395         754
CNN SITUATION ROOM      541        109         233
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS    1,110        269         461
CNBC FAST MONEY      216         49         106
HLN EVENING EXPRESS      108         50           68
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER    2,185        443         914
CNN SITUATION ROOM      521        150         261
MSNBC POLITICS NATION    1,034        277         435
CNBC MAD MONEY      190         62           96
HLN EVENING EXPRESS      154         65         108
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH    1,857        407         813
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      549        160         274
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS    1,071        288         493
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT      200         46           75
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL      205         80           98
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    2,841        556       1,049
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      477        116         236
MSNBC ED SHOW    1,235        302         570
CNBC FACEBOOK OBSESSION, THE      107         57           61
HLN NANCY GRACE      350        131         186
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY    2,511        488         971
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT      670        128         205
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW    1,284        405         630
CNBC CRIME INC: MED INS FRAUD      134         54           67
HLN DR. DREW      236         82         132
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA    2,080        362         778
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      405        124         160
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL    1,204        410         622
CNBC AMERICAN GREED      240        123         145
HLN NANCY GRACE      223         77         116
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    1,283        368         643
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      271         88         119
MSNBC ED SHOW      707        243         373
CNBC MAD MONEY      103         45           81
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT      147         70           91

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.

  • ed brown

    FOX TRIUMPHS AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pat Walsh

    Foxnews is the best of all.

  • Tony

    Lawrence O’Donnell crushes Greta once again.

  • Jayson

    @ The guys who jumped all over me for asking if FNC’s audience is majority elderly

    I’m aware that advertisers pay based on the 25-54 age group. That wasn’t my question.

    Here it is again…broken down for clarity:

    Hannity had 2.5 million viewers last night. Maddow had 1.2 million. Yet, Hannity only led Maddow in the demo by 83k. That suggests that 2 million Hannity viewers are younger than 25 and/or older than 54. What I was asking was does anyone know which it is…evenly older and younger…mostly younger…or, mostly older. The same for MSNBC.

    I hear that FNC is heavy on older American viewers (outside of the 25-54 demo). And, I hear that MSNBC is heavy on younger viewers (outside of the 25-54 demo). So, my question (again) is has anyone heard different, and could the send me a link. Not sure if I can make things simpler than that. Thanks.

  • Dave

    Good old FOX. The network that tell one lie after another all day and night.
    They would like nothing better than more Americans killed in the Middle East so their substandard candidates might have a chance.The American people will not be fooled and the KKK/GOP party will be destroyed.
    Don’t like the polls?How about the FOX polls that shows President Obama with a 5 point lead?It will be a landslide.Most Americans hate racist.

  • Letmethink

    early Start/Starting Point still low 200. My question is why is anyone watching them?

  • Chriscee

    Awwww does it upset you libbies that your MSNBC can’t stay on top? No one wants to hear their daily bashing of conservatives and their constant cover ups for the failed Obama administration.

    Cry on!!

  • Rich

    Hey Dave –
    The KKK was founded by Democrats –

    This election is not about racism. And only the ignorant make it about racism. This election is about who is best for the job. Unfortunately, MSNBC will do nothing but praise the work President Obama has done, regardless of all the campaign lies he told in 2008!

  • Cbear


    I’m a Republican and I found your comment regarding the GOP and the KKK to be offensive. I hate racial intolerance and while I believe we as a nation have come a long way, sadly racism does still exist.

    In case you’re not aware, when the KKK was formed after the Civil War, the group aligned itself with the DEMOCRATIC party.

    Fortunately for all of us, the Democratic Party detached itself from this vile group and its values.

    That being said, I think it’s irresponsible to equate Republicans with the KKK. It paints an unfair assumption of conservatives and for myself I would never endorse any hate group. Any politician who buys into that KKK garbage should be run out of office regardless of party affiliation.

    Sorry to rant on you, I just didn’t like the idea that some folks assume you’re racist because you’re a Republican.

  • Gonzo

    First… You can’t be offended without your permission. That being said, you’ve won the argument when they start calling you names.

  • 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 1,149K for the entire program.

  • Letmethink

    Someone on the last day asked how to know how many of each age group watches FOX, Maybe you could look at the difference between the 25-54 and the 35-64. What is left would be those below 25. I don’t know if that helps or at what age you think people are old. As for me, the older I get, the older I think old age starts.

  • James

    Another great nite for msnbc

  • Dave

    I know a lot of Republicans and a lot of them are not racist,but a lot of them are.I don’t know any Democrats who are racist.
    Nathan Bedford Forrest began the KKK.Forrest was maybe the best general in the Confederate army.He ask the KKK to disband after they became violent.General Forrest is part of my heritage and he was a racist.See the battle at Fort Pillows.
    The former Southern Dem’s. who were racist became Republicans in the 1960s.

  • Letmethink

    Thanks Apple. How do you find out those stats? Would be interesting to check out as they have different people at different hours.

  • Sunshine

    Lincoln was a Republican! He freed the slaves!!!

  • Jayson


    Some of viewers (outside of the 25-54 and 35-64) may be under 25. But, some will be over 64. My question (yet again) is this: does anyone know the breakdown? Link? Thanks.

  • Letmethink

    Martin Luther King was a Republican.

  • Ben

    A few notes ago Bill-O said he had like 5 million viewers, anyone know how he found that did he combine the 8&11 o clock views or include radio listeners?

  • Sicilian Papa



    I was in the Carpenters Union for years. Some of nastiest racial comments I ever heard came from Democrat union members.

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