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.

  • Letmethink

    No, sorry don’t know where to find that info. For sure lots of people over 64 watch TV. Would be interesting to know.

  • AppleStinx


    The 8am hour of ‘Fox & Friends’ for Thursday just happened to be in the top 100 list in Thursday Cable Ratings.

  • Ratboy

    @ Ben
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 4:20 PM
    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?

    He said right on the broacast that it was the 8 and 11 shows combined.

  • Ratboy

    It was Wed. just under 3.5 million at 8 and just over 1.5 million at 11

  • Robbie

    Boy you said a mouthful, but I am afraid your hyperbole was just that…hyperbole! 1st, you honestly think that FOX News sits and waits for more people to die in the Middle East, then celebrates because they know their ‘inferior’ candidate has a better chance??!! Do you know how dumb that sounds. Not to mention you offered not a shred of proof! 2nd, most polls are still using the 2008 models when they sample the American people, do you really think that the election in 2012 is going to be the same??!! Most pundits on both sides will tell you that this election will be different. That means that Democrats are OVER sampled. They are reporting that, which is their job!!

  • Dave

    I bet all the racist in this country are very proud of President Lincoln.The South in particular.
    How many on this board think Romney has a chance of winning even with the FOX network running 24/7 endorsements for him?

  • Mark

    I love how conservatives always ignore the fact that Republicans courted the racist southern Democrats into their party after the Civil Rights Act was passed, which is commonly referred to as the southern strategy. It’s why the South remains so Republican-leaning.

  • Mark2

    I can’t believe MSNBC is still doing so well. My guess is that some Liberal and Moderate Americans tuned in to watch the DNC speeches on Broadcast stations only to find out that they weren’t airing them until the final hour. Naturally, some of them turned to MSNBC and CNN to get their fill, saw what they liked and have continued watching them.

  • Mark2

    Lincoln was a Liberal.

  • Letmethink

    Free cell phones, obama money, free birth control pills–whatever it takes to buy an electorate. Joe Biden just offered free colonoscopies to seniors in Florida.
    Night all!!

  • Ratboy

    A little too long at the Friday 5:01 Mark2??

  • Matthew

    “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.”

    I don’t know how long it’s been since the last time median age numbers were published for the viewers of the various networks, but if I recall correctly, cable news skews quite old. In the numbers from 2010, median age for the various networks tended to be early-to-mid 60s, except for CNBC, whose audience is a bit younger. You can infer from such a high median age that only a very small percentage of cable news viewers are under the age of 25. One of Pew’s State of the Media research bundles might have more specific information.

  • AppleStinx


    As a percentage of their audience 18 and older (2012)

    CNN: 54%
    FNC: 46%
    MSNBC: 41%

    MSNBC: 57%
    FNC: 53%
    CNN: 43%

    (A18-49 + A50+ may not add up to 100% due to rounding in the subsets)

  • Dave

    First FOX is not a news network.It is the propaganda wing of the GOP.
    As for Americans dying,they love it if they can blame it on President Obama.Day and night they try and blame President Obama for any bad thing that happens.Program after program has the same talking points.
    Obama will win by a landslide and the congress will look a lot bluer.
    You don’t like the polls.How about FOX’S poll?

  • Sicilian Papa



    The good news for you is FOX is one cable station. You have CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, NY TIMES, NEWSWEEK, TIME….They are all in the tank for President Obama.

  • bishop

    At least attempt to sound like an adult.

  • Sicilian Papa

    They are all promoting positive Obama stories and omitting stories that show him in a negative light.

    Liberal media bias in the so-called objective media has been going on for forty years. The media is loaded with progressives. They are the propaganda wing of the progressive movement.

  • UpAndOver

    Capitalism VS Socialism

    You have a choice, cast your ballot….

  • Dave

    For all you Bill ‘O fans.Should Bill be registerd as a sexual predator after paying his female producer 6 million dollars to keep quiet?

  • Sicilian Papa

    The lib. media also serve as attack dogs against Romney. The 47% story was fair game. You say something stupid and you should get raked over the coals.

    The problem comes if President Obama said something on tape that sounded bad. The lib. media would attack the person who taped it. They would attack the conservative organization that put it out. They would point out that the tape was made illegally. They would minimize the damage to the President by doing all this.

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