Cable News Ratings for Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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October 3rd, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for October 2, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,365            338            615
CNN         378            124            179
MSNBC         712            219            341
CNBC         150             43             74
FBN           57             14             29
HLN         173             71            101
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,733            653         1,164
CNN         591            185            297
MSNBC       1,425            422            670
CNBC         190            103            121
FBN           45             11             16
HLN         201             78            101
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,251            354            664
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         210            100            139
MSNBC Morning Joe         530            209            308
CNBC Squawk Box         135             39             53
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         202            111            159
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       2,216            394            863
CNN SITUATION ROOM         576            131            209
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,245            278            526
CNBC FAST MONEY         119             25             60
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         109             35             40
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       2,060            376            791
CNN SITUATION ROOM         587            207            277
MSNBC POLITICS NATION       1,034            273            465
CNBC MAD MONEY         145             30             49
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         161             36             69
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,821            388            785
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         498            146            234
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,161            326            572
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         157             21             54
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         212             58             89
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       3,182            634         1,276
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         554            184            290
MSNBC ED SHOW       1,382            376            636
CNBC FACEBOOK OBSESSION, THE         115             60             62
HLN NANCY GRACE         225             73             82
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       3,047            817         1,368
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         664            192            307
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       1,625            480            754
CNBC 60 MINUTES ON CNBC         222            131            155
HLN DR. DREW         202            106            114
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,939            502            832
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         555            179            294
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL       1,265            411            618
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         234            118            146
HLN NANCY GRACE         177             55            109
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,241            443            696
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         374            118            188
MSNBC ED SHOW         748            269            343
CNBC MAD MONEY           71             53             59
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         197             85            137

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.

  • Faith3

    I’m with you Matthew. If this doesn’t scream third party I don’t know what does?

  • Coffee Steve

    Obama didn’t say a peep about capital gains taxes. He knows on which side his bread is buttered.

    Short, direct, and to the point :lol: I like that

  • Faith3

    The doublespeak was glaring!

  • Matthew

    At least Lehrer admitted that he did a bad job.

  • tony

    When Bill Maher is tweeting that Obama lost without his prompter,James Carville said Obama didnt want to be there….surprise surprise!Its only oct.3

  • TwilightZone

    “The doublespeak was glaring!”

    Please explain. I attempted to explain how I don’t see it as double speak.

  • Coffee Steve

    I’m with you Matthew. If this doesn’t scream third party I don’t know what does?

    I been dreaming about that for 20 years now

  • Bsotgnw

    when all 5 libs on MSNBC throw in the towel that says it all

  • Jeff

    What, Moncon????? Your comment is comedy!

    msnbc is ripping President Obama a new a** over the debate. As they should!!!!!

    Get Your facts straight! Or watch more than 30 seconds.

    Romney won clearly thid 90minute debate, Obama failed to hit him with so many things my head is spinning.

    No one is throwing in the towel yet!

  • Faith3

    Saying you will drop taxes by getting rid of unmentioned deductions.

  • TwilightZone

    @CoffeeSteve, Matthew, Faith3

    About third party, why stop there. Perhaps we can have five or six political parties. In spite of my sarcasm, I have profound respect for the founding fathers, and George Washington retired from his Presidency saddened by the indicators of a developing two party system.

  • Sicilian Papa

    When Tingles says you lost, you lost. The best line of the debate.

    Romney: I’ve been in business for twenty-five years and I don’t know what you are talking about.

  • Faith3

    How about the Coffee party;)

  • Coffee Steve

    When foreign policy comes up, Obama at one time had the huge advantage, but with the Libya story growing every day, I’m not so sure now, that one may be a blood bath

    Chris Matthews: What was he doing?

    Maybe hoping you would feel something down your leg requiring a mop maybe? :mrgreen:

  • Coffee Steve

    How about the Coffee party;)

    BINGO!!!! LOL Nice one

  • PaulG

    I noticed Gov. Romney was very anxious to answer any accusations ,,but Pres Obama surprised me when he let even the Solendra,,Fisker and his campaign doner buddies,,go completely unanswered…gives those claims unecessary credibility…

  • TwilightZone


    “Saying you will drop taxes by getting rid of unmentioned deductions.”

    Actually, getting rid of deductions will reduce the number of things one can use to subtract from the taxable income, so reducing deductions would raise revenue from taxes.

    I believe I heard Romney say he wanted to reduce tax rates while getting rid of tax deductions. The unmentioned deductions are specifics that could not possibly be described in a 90 minute debate in which both debaters were supposed to keep responses to 2 minutes (and they failed anyways).

    I also think I heard Romney say that in a stalemated Government as we have now, the President should be able to meet with party leaders to discuss the issues in specifics to come to common ground.

  • Coffee Steve


    I thought you’d left already. When you do leave PLEASE, check the seats on the plane and make sure they are attached :-)

  • moncon

    As someone whose health insurance has gone up, my salary is down, my hours more, paying more for food, gas, necessities, I listen to both candidates and doing more of the same, (and more taxes to boot being a small business S-Corporation), per Obama I get scared. I feel like Romney did lay out some ideas such as the deductions where families making less will get all their deductions and the more you earn the fewer the deductions, but you will be paying a lower tax rate overall which will allow you to grow and hire more. Also, saying the more you make the less in Social Security benefits you should get so that those making less can get more in benefits. I agree with that. They only get 3 minutes to make their points and I think Romney did pretty well with his time.

  • Ratboy

    @ Saying you will drop taxes by getting rid of unmentioned deductions.

    This is the part that people dont seem to hear or want to hear when Romney explains. He will let congress act on his principles and decide together where to take the cuts and what to get rid of or keep. He said the “its not the my way or the highway” way of doing things. He will lead with his principles and let the legislative system make the decisions.

    Obama said, he would cut the deficit by 50% and have unemployment at around 6% by now. Very specific…………..hows that workin for you?

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