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.

  • Coffee Steve


    YO, waz up? I just meant it was witty, I’m all for cutting PBS. Barney too :-)

  • Ralph Hahn

    Based on last night’s accounts of the “talent” tantrums on MSNBC due to B.O. blowing it, the discount-NBC cable net could have easily been mistaken for an episode of Sesame Street.

    If PBS must solicit advertisers to keep its operation going, surely someone else or a mega media corporation, or even George Soros could provide financial help to keep the childrens’ TV programming alive.

    I watched Sesame Street with my daughters when they were pre-school aged and I enjoyed it. The Children’s Television Workshop was a wonderful thing.
    But, I don’t want MY tax money to go to liberal programs like PBS’s “Frontline” and other left-leaning shows like “NewsHour.” Let them go out into the advertising pool with every other network to solicit advertisers and viewers.

  • Sicilian Papa

    We are talking about trillions in debt, unemployment, Obamacare, and many other pressing problems.

    The lib. media and the left want to make Big Bird and the moderator the issue.

  • Doug Z

    Poor Big bird. Romney wants to kill him and Thanks Giving is coming.

  • Sam

    @ Doug Z,

    The point is, in order to solve thee debt problem you need a combination of cost cutting & REVENUE INCREASE .

    Romney doesn’t want to tax the rich to raise revenue, he just want to go into severe budget cutting.

    Now who will be victimized from those cuts ? The Average Joe

    Which one seems more sane to do ? Harming the Average Joe who’s already hurting by cutting his benefits ? Or asking the billionaire to pay a bit more ?

    This country will not be able to compete with other leading nations without spending and investing.

    Big Bird didn’t cause the debt problem, he and the people who benefit from him should not pay the price.

  • Jeff

    @S. Papa other than sit and grace this place with your colorful analysis ;)

    What’s going in out your way?

    @Coffee Steve, my automatic antenna stopped working, fix it so I can listen to my favorite Lefty AM stations. Doing it manually looks silly :(

  • Coffee Steve

    Does Bigbird pay taxes?

  • Coffee Steve


    Foil, Wrap Foil on it, looks bad but works LOL

  • UpAndOver

    PBS (Progressive Broadcast Service) should not receive any funded from taxpayers….

  • Sicilian Papa



    In the boring side of my life things are a little slow but we do have a few small projects going.

    There are some exciting things happening on the writer side. When you get home and have some time I will e-mail a pilot I wrote. An hour drama, it has a chance. You will like it, it is real urban stuff. I ghostwrote the pilot so I will get a writing credit but I don’t own the rights. The writing credit will allow me to join the Writers Guild.

  • Suikostinger

    So now PBS is being considered liberal and/or progressive. So, pretty much EVERY channel that isn’t Fox News is liberal. If something or someone goes against your ideologies, just call them the enemy….

  • d.d.

    I’m worried about The Boss 1 . Have I missed a post of his ? He has such a sad situation right now. I can empathise with both my parents in hospice.


    Why this appointment ?

    President Obama appointed Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council as one of his representatives to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe ‘s Human Dimension Implementation Meeting? This conference is perhaps the largest Human rights conference in the world. Salam Al-Marayati is not exactly a human rights activist

    September 11, 2001, Al-Marayati used a Los Angeles talk radio program as a forum in which to accuse the Israelis of conducting that morning’s attacks on New York and Washington

    Al-Marayati has also called for the U.S. government to unfreeze the assets of two Islamic charities, the Global Relief Foundation and the Holy Land Foundation, that were shut down by the government because of funding they had given to terrorist organizations.

    Al-Marayati refuses to call Hezbollah a terrorist group. “I don’t think any group should be judged 100% this or that,” he says. “I think every group is going to have . . . its claim of liberation and resistance.” He has similarly justified Hamas’ existence as a political entity that promotes social programs and “educational operations.”

  • Coffee Steve


    I haven’t seen Boss on in a while, my heart goes out to him, I do know that

  • Doug Z

    Posted October 4, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    So now PBS is being considered liberal and/or progressive. So, pretty much EVERY channel that isn’t Fox News is liberal. If something or someone goes against your ideologies, just call them the enemy

    Every channel but Fox is Lib. Fox is Right. No Freudian slip intended.

  • wowie zowey

    Next time coffins come home from overseas maybe they should play a laugh track like on sitcoms. That way Americans can see that the military is just another political prop for these Jokers in Washington. Not that anyone cares in this country. We are the most disgusting melting plot in the World. We vote over whether Isreal should survive but we spit on and treat veterans like garbage and we send our kids to a slaughter and pretend how much we love them but do nothing to show it. We deserve everything we get and I hope we get full force in at least 15 states then maybe we care more about our own than we will ratings for a old man debate. I guess Bin Laden did win. Shame on America

  • Coffee Steve


    I knew some thiongs about Salam Al-Marayati, but reading more now, amazing.

    Goes way beyond my comphrehension on why.

  • Sicilian Papa



    I think the people of this country honor our service people. I know we argue sometimes about military issues. I think the people on this site in particular appreciate and care about our people in uniform. I do think it is unfair of you to say that we don’t care.

    I think most people in Washington truly care and only the most crass politicians exploit our Military.

  • Bsotgnw

    Do you realy think PBS is not liberal after fireing Juan Williams. They are more tham capable of self funding instead of ripping off the profits from Big Bird and other sucessful enterprises.

  • wowie zowey

    @ Sicilian Pizza they care about them when the camera’s are on. Lets see how many bills have the repubs and dems held hostage that dealt with our troops. If that is what you call Honor than you might as well go to arlington and wipe your butt on a troops grave. Do you really think someone is gonna bash the troops on here. Do you personally know someones heart. From the typed word. You must get the award for most nieve person to post on here. Washington cares yeah they show it too. Took a comiedian in Jon Stewart to shame them into health care for first responders of 9/11. Our military heroes are the least taken care of group ever. We care more about whether day old sperm is alive then we do a troop with limbs blown off

  • Ratboy

    ok now I have listened and read the spin, the excuses, the deflections, the lies, from the altitude to obama being too busy to prep. Here is the way that Obama could have won the debate hands down, no doubt.

    Obama: Gov Romney has layed out big ideas, tax cuts, raised revenues, jobs! I promised to reduce the debt 50%…………I did! I said unemployment would be around 6% by now…………it is! I said health insurance premiums would be reduced by $2500 per family………….they have been. Thats all I got, I am going to take my wife to dinner for our anniversary now, see you at the inauguration!

    If he had a record like that he would have won last night with out a doubt.

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