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.

  • Doug Z

    Coffee Steve
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    @Ralph Hahn
    Someone is impersonating ME now.

    I was Doug long time ago and another Doug came on. I then changed my Name to Doug Z. I am the neocon.,Libs need to remember that.

  • Coffee Steve

    The sock drawer is pretty empty these days so beware!

    Bill will soon come in and devour the cads, Bill will get angry, he will turn green, and no one will like him when he turns green and destroys and eats the puppets, Minus the socks :P

    BBL…supper time

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Hillbilly: >>> Where’s Steve Perry to spin this? <<<

    You mean that guy from Journey? lol.

    The REAL Ralph Hahn

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Doug Z: It’s not much difference between a “dave” posting and a “Dave posting.” But, whoever has taken control, is using both my first and last names. HOW is this possible?

  • Doug Z

    Posted October 4, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    BHO lied about the $5 trillion in tax cuts, BHO lied about the most oil-producing land being public, BHO lied about saying his health care would cover pre-existing conditions, Romney lied about that Dodd Frank bill, BHO lied about not cutting taxes for the wealthy, BHO lied about not increasing the federal defense budget, BHO lied about the tax breaks for the middle class, BHO lied about Massachusetts being number one in education while in office, BHO lied about Medicare being cut under Obamacare, BHO lied about saying that he cared for everyone,etc. BHO 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.

    BHO just lied. can we all get along now

  • Doug Z

    Ralph Hahn

    Are they Libs. Lie like BHO Ha, Ha

  • Ralph Hahn

    I am not impersonating anyone. My name is Ralph Hahn. I’m for Obama. Guess two Ralph Hahn’s are on here now and have two differing opinions.

  • Doug Z



  • Robbie

    Big night for FOX, more than I would have imagined. Am a bit surprised MSNBC did not come in second since they have been pretty strong during this election season.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Doug Z: >>> BHO just lied. can we all get along now <<<

    Mark2 lies all the time as well. Any other of you yahoos who make claims about a candidate who "lied" last night, use the Internet and do research and back up your lying claims with facts, NOT b.s.

    The Real Ralph Hahn

  • Doug Z

    Ralph Hahn

    Is the new one Lib or a noecon

  • Sicilian Papa



    That’s the Dave we all know and…

  • Ralph Hahn


    Please correct this board. Several folks are posting here under our real names or “handles.” There are no two posts from someone claiming to be me.
    See 2:50pm.

  • Doug Z

    Ralph Hahn
    I copied his post and changed the name, Romney to BHO. Fun is it not

  • Ralph Hahn

    CORRECTION, MODS: >>> There are NOW two posts…. <<<

  • Doug Z

    Ralph Hahn

    I am confused now.

  • wowie zowey

    I cannot believe the amount of zombified americans that sat and watched 1 and 1/2 old white man and 1/2 a black man sit and blow smoke up america’s butt. I seen clips and it is the same tired crap that these fools have been saying since tv first aired debates. I was waiting for the these fools to say that they would make lunches taste better and recess to last longer. Who needs terrorist when we have politicians destroying america for them. Honestly with all these people claiming they will balance the budget since cavemen ran for wheelroller. Shouldn’t that budget be balanced already?. Our military gets used as pawns. Washington (dems and repubs) only care about the soldiers during election season and when they die. They screw with these peoples lives and money not to mention their healthcare. Do Americans hold washington responsible? Heck no!! they are too busy seeing who won the ratings between Fox and Msnbc. Next time you see where 20 dead soldiers died(oh thats right cable doesn’t care about that unless it is 20 dead arabs and Somilia earthquake victims) the cable cares when is the last time Anderson cooper or any other cable news anchor flashed a # to text to help homeless or military americans. Voters are to blame though because they have decided election season should be treated like fantasy football. Shame on American’s letting these crooked bandits in washington get away with everything they do.

  • Doug Z

    wowie zowey

    Americans so not know for the media is in the tank for BHO. They keep score under Bush to make the people turn on Bush.Lib media will not do this to BHO

  • Sicilian Papa


    My name is Ralph Hahn

  • Sicilian Papa

    I think someone is messing with us, Media Matters?

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