Cable News Ratings for Friday, October 5, 2012

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October 8th, 2012

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for October 5, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,341            299            578
CNN         408            134            198
MSNBC         629            207            289
CNBC         166             40             80
FBN           53             15             24
HLN         170             73            102
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,640            490         1,052
CNN         558            158            238
MSNBC       1,163            338            516
CNBC         191             88             80
FBN           56             13             19
HLN         195             81             96
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,294            330            669
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         233            100            132
MSNBC Morning Joe         527            200            263
CNBC Squawk Box         142             23             63
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         278            156            206
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,856            359            860
CNN SITUATION ROOM         739            214            326
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         976            249            392
CNBC MONEY IN MOTION         100             11             33
HLN OPTIONS ACTION         121             20             50
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,915            314            700
CNN SITUATION ROOM         569            145            230
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         930            271            417
CNBC MAD MONEY         137             22             56
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           97             31             57
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,610            327            634
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         361             95            148
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,018            308            415
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         175             29             69
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         162             39             53
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       3,172            584         1,303
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         492            156            238
MSNBC ED SHOW       1,149            325            500
CNBC BILLIONS BEHIND BARS         124             46             41
HLN NANCY GRACE MYSTERIES         261            103            124
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       2,716            481         1,075
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         607            157            239
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       1,364            400            628
CNBC ULTIMATE FACTORIES         168             69             81
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         180             86             84
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       2,014            405            775
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         573            161            236
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         976            289            420
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         281            148            119
HLN NANCY GRACE MYSTERIES         144             55             79
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,193            291            552
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         398            131            210
MSNBC ED SHOW         649            283            369
CNBC MAD MONEY         148             57             58
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         113             51             58

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.

  • XYZ

    Last Word W/ L. ODONNELL was on Friday? Or an error?

  • Letmethink

    Well Early Start/Starting Point back in the 200’s. Wonder why they got into the 400’s that one day. Did they have special programming?

  • James

    Great numbers for msnbc..to bad lawrence wasnt on to host friday..wow what a drop for fox news the next night….biden is gonna steamroll ryan this thursday..hes gonna redeem the ticket mark my words..

  • Hillbilly

    FNC 2 shows No other cable news networks on the list.

    If baseball is included in the weekly top 25 i might be in trouble with my prediction. :( That will make AppleStinx’s 5-8 the winner. :razz:

    MLB WILDCARD TBSC 8:49 PM 5.304

    MLB GAME BREAK TBSC 8:44 PM 4.308

    MLB WILDCARD TBSC 5:00 PM 3.990

  • James

    The gloves are off now..

  • Raz

    Looks like things are settling back to normal, numbers wise. Fox is up and MSNBC is down. Expect things to hot up again when the VP debates come on later in the week.

  • Sicilian Papa



    Larry O. was on on Friday.

  • Sicilian Papa

    Tingles has his knives out tonight.

  • Babygate

    It appears that @James is a bit delusional. Fox beats all other networks combined and the ratings for MSNBC took a nose dive. Fox doubles MSNBC alone on both daytime and primetime. Poor you. Put down the kool aid cup.

  • Coffee Steve

    Not bad numbers for a Friday

    @Sicilian Papa

    Basiclly Gallups numbers are 3 days behind any changes, todays polling from them that is conducted today won’t reflect until Thursday.


  • Mike

    @ James: Ryan is going to clean Biden”s clock. Biden will be better than BO but he will be no match for Ryan’s intellect or ability to communicate.

  • PaulG


    @PaulG, maybe you take things too personal, your original message was filled with immense speculation. So based on your comments and excuses, you lead me to believe you never ran a small business. It sounds more like you had a low level position at a small business. Using your style of analysis it appears that I am spot on.

    Again,,you’ve already indicated that my analysis of your comment is flawed,,as apparently are my analytical business skills,,so why not humor me and explain your assertion that foregoing any essential business plan,,you would “fire the idiot, or expect to be fired if I talked like that in such a setting” for expressing concern about an upcoming election and it’s impact on expense planning and market conditions,,in a so-called business meeting..Unless of course,, that meeting was in the corner of a used car lot and you’re discussing who was going to sell that 1992 Subaru first…

  • James

    Bidens gonna haveryan on the defensive through the entire debate..

  • d.d

    Don’t underestimate Joe Biden. He can be an attack dog & I’m sure he’s received orders to be just that . He has Chris Van Hollen playing Ryan & Axelrod is in the mix ,too. If Ryan is able to upset Biden, a gaffe is a possiblity , but, don’t count on it.

    Ryan is super smart on budgetry matters , but, somewhat weak on others & I know nothing about his coach, Ted Olson. If Ryan can soften a smidge, & relate to the audience in a direct way that will help him. Also, we can take our medicine , if we clearly understand why we need to take it.


    CBS’ Lara Logan: Obama Is Lying To The American People, Jihadists Are Stronger Than Ever And They Are Coming After Us…

    Chicago Sun-Times:

    Her ominous and frightening message was gleaned from years of covering our wars in the Middle East. She arrived in Chicago on the heels of her Sept. 30 report, “The Longest War.” It examined the Afghanistan conflict and exposed the perils that still confront America, 11 years after 9/11.

    Eleven years later, “they” still hate us, now more than ever, Logan told the crowd. The Taliban and al-Qaida have not been vanquished, she added. They’re coming back.

    The Taliban and al-Qaida are teaming up and recruiting new terrorists to do us deadly harm, she reports.

  • James

    @ mike romney deviated from his far right pandering during those primary debates. Now hes a moderate all of a sudden he left ryan in a bad spot ..i mean is ryan gonna stick to his far right beliefs or is he gonna change up to to stay in line with his flip flopping running mate hahaha

  • nimeinenumer

    Romney should win in a landslide…

  • Sicilian Papa



    Biden vs. Ryan is like William Buckley debating Fred Flinstone.

    A repeat but I didn’t know if you saw it.

  • Coffee Steve

    On the VP debate

    They are always more friendly and less watched, and after 2 days no one remembers them. Zero affect on the election.

  • Mark

    Last Word W/ L. ODONNELL was on Friday?
    Sort of, the show was on but they had a guest host

  • nimeinenumer

    LOL…looks like OREILY is kicking everybody’s butt including john stewart.

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