Cable News Ratings for Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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October 4th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Wednesday, October 3, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       2,362            642         1,069
CNN       1,125            418            501
MSNBC       1,134            407            540
CNBC         198             66            103
FBN           79             22             40
HLN         152             60             77
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       8,199         2,160         3,573
CNN       4,786         1,855         2,095
MSNBC       3,926         1,488         1,836
CNBC         474            229            244
FBN         184             59             95
HLN         183             75            106
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,190            355            661
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         223             91            118
MSNBC Morning Joe         592            246            328
CNBC Squawk Box         113             26             56
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         211            119            158
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,912            454            764
CNN SITUATION ROOM         535            143            257
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,133            237            486
CNBC FAST MONEY         219             44            115
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           73             37             46
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       2,051            512            836
CNN SITUATION ROOM         693            230            280
MSNBC POLITICS NATION       1,037            292            492
CNBC MAD MONEY         149             33             83
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         155             65             65
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       2,228            546            937
CNN DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA       1,118            372            483
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,299            410            657
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         147             26             76
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         239             89            105
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       4,383            771         1,713
CNN DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA       2,287            796            949
MSNBC MSNBC DEBATE PREVIEW       2,278            749         1,013
CNBC YOUR MONEY YOUR VOTE         279            105            130
HLN NANCY GRACE         284            108            148
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE     10,305         2,841         4,585
CNN 1ST PRES DEBATE 2012       5,935         2,303         2,591
MSNBC DEBATE       4,671         1,873         2,205
CNBC YOUR MONEY YOUR VOTE         592            292            305
HLN DR. DREW         135             55             76
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE     10,675         3,128         4,741
CNN 1ST PRES DEBATE 2012       6,268         2,502         2,786
MSNBC DEBATE       4,835         1,835         2,204
CNBC YOUR MONEY YOUR VOTE         551            289            299
HLN NANCY GRACE         130             63             95
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       5,425         1,547         2,714
CNN DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA       3,198         1,290         1,577
MSNBC MSNBC DEBATE ANALYSIS       2,479            939         1,203
CNBC MAD MONEY         122             81             74
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         118             37             65

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.

  • Laurence Glavin

    I didn’t watch the “South Park” episode that berated viewers of “Honey Boo Boo” in its entirety Thursday just after midnight, just enough of it to see that portion that seems almost ironic considering that Romney wants to defund PBS and NPR to save a pittance compared to waste in the military (I’m a veteran; I have a DD214 Honorable Discharge, the type of discharge Colonel West ALMOST DIDN’T GET). I live near Boston, and recently the State of New Hampshire defunded Public Television there, so the network of Public TV station in NH has been reduced to a rebroadcaster of Boston’s WGBH-TV with very little local content. Take away Federal funding from PBS stations nationally, and many will probably shut down, leaving parents and children with the kind of mind-numbing fare on commercial TV that leads to “Honey Boo-Booism”. Gravity-wave-bender Governor Christie defunded public radio and TV in New Jersey, so outlets there are now adjuncts to stations in New York City and Philadelphia. New Jerseyites may have no access to reliable information with an orientation to the Garden State (how did it get THAT name?)any more. Much of US debt comes NOT from China, but is mainly held be Americans and some Europeans. The “borrow from China” meme is overstated.

  • Mark2

    Romney lied about the $5 trillion in tax cuts, Romney lied about the most oil-producing land being public, Romney lied about saying his health care would cover pre-existing conditions, Romney lied about that Dodd Frank bill, Romney lied about not cutting taxes for the wealthy, Romney lied about not increasing the federal defense budget, Romney lied about the tax breaks for the middle class, Romney lied about Massachusetts being number one in education while in office, Romney lied about Medicare being cut under Obamacare, Romney lied about saying that he cared for everyone,etc. Romney is nothing more than they flip-flopping liar whose lies and flip-flops will eventually catch up to him and bite him in the azz. Just like what happened to John Kerry, who by the way one all 3 debates against George Bush but still lost the election.

  • Mark2

    ^… Lied about the most oil producing land being private

  • Coffee Steve

    *On today’s Morning Joe, Brzezinski exclaimed that Obama’s disastrous debate performance “makes me sick to my stomach.”


  • AppleStinx

    Coffee Steve wrote: “You were alot closer than I my friend”

    Don’t let Hillbilly know that. My predictions drove him out of the ratings guessing game. :grin:

  • Doug Z

    Despite Media Complaints, Obama Spoke Four Minutes Longer

  • Doug Z

    Despite Media Complaints, Obama Spoke 4 Minutes Longer

    Here’s the major excuse offered by the Obama campaign and their minions for the historic Romney juggernaut last night: Romney dominated the debate because Jim Lehrer, the moderator, lost control and let Romney talk too much.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Mitt can’t elaborate on any of his proposed policies. Always vague no details. Mitt looked like a moderate and seems to be a chameleon. Always changing his position depending on the crowd.

  • Doug Z

    Obama was speaking about ObamaCare and said, “The last point I’d make, before … before – ” Lehrer interrupted, “2 minutes, 2 minutes are up, sir.” Obama then pointed to the clock and said “No … I … I think I had five seconds before you interrupted me.” Lehrer then allowed Obama to speak for another 35 seconds.

    Jim Lehrer had nothing to do with Romney’s towering performance last night. Romney spoke less, but boy, did he carry the bigger stick.

  • Doug Z

    Ralph Hahn
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    BHO can’t elaborate on any of his proposed policies. Always vague no details. BHO looked like a moderate and seems to be a chameleon. Always changing his position depending on the crowd.

  • 1966
  • Coffee Steve

    *Politico Editor: Obama Was Too Busy Being President, Didn’t Have Time to Practice for Debate

    Okie Dokie :wink:

  • AppleStinx

    Hillbilly wrote: “FNC won the viewers – 10,436. CNN wins the demo – 2.1″

    What happened to your daily report card (number of appearances on the top 100 list)? Too many to count? :smile:

  • Mark2

    So Mitt Romney’s big plan to balance the budget is to get rid of Big Bird and PBS. Hmmm, that’s not going to sit well with mothers and senior citizens.

  • Doug Z

    ABC News hired and elevated Stephanopoulos to do exactly what he did last night — and like a good little flak, Georgie-boy once again sacrificed whatever’s left of his reputation and credibility to the pagan god of The State.

  • Coffee Steve

    @AppleStinx & Hillbilly

    On Pay Per View the battle of the Hillbilly and West Coast Appleman :-)



  • Ralph Hahn

    Someone is impersonating ME now. 2:34pm.

  • Coffee Steve

    @Ralph Hahn
    Someone is impersonating ME now.

    Trust me we knew that LOL

  • Doug Z


    BHO has no plan. None at all. He does not even pretend to have a plan to cut the budget.

  • Ratboy

    The sock drawer is pretty empty these days so beware!

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