Cable News Ratings for Thursday, October 11, 2012

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October 12th, 2012



Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Thursday, October 11, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC      2,391        644       1,123
CNN        852        299         379
MSNBC      1,031        348         499
CNBC        214         62         111
FBN          87         22           37
HLN        205         82         114
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC      8,067     2,286       3,665
CNN      3,269     1,167       1,433
MSNBC      3,535     1,276       1,771
CNBC        406        144         190
FBN        212         72           87
HLN        359        118         173
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends      1,329        347         668
CNN Early Start/Starting Point        236         81         125
MSNBC Morning Joe        497        171         237
CNBC Squawk Box        141         40           81
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade        225        143         152
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE      2,137        425         907
CNN SITUATION ROOM        469        126         154
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS        992        207         392
CNBC FAST MONEY        192         26           89
HLN EVENING EXPRESS        179         68           85
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER      2,462        427       1,027
CNN SITUATION ROOM        501        135         157
MSNBC POLITICS NATION        979        221         429
CNBC MAD MONEY        166         72           87
HLN EVENING EXPRESS        214         73           89
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH      2,439        496       1,165
CNN DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA        817        211         281
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS      1,244        329         573
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT        187         42           71
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL        399        105         146
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR      4,622        937       1,878
FNC VP DEBATE CVG      6,615     1,640       2,768
CNN DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA      1,402        390         548
MSNBC MSNBC DEBATE PREVIEW      1,820        549         904
CNBC YOUR MONEY YOUR VOTE        116         12           51
HLN NANCY GRACE        585        189         282
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC VP DEBATE    10,115     3,048       4,695
CNN DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA      3,068     1,013       1,427
CNN VP DEBATE 2012      4,096     1,480       1,818
MSNBC DEBATE      4,359     1,597       2,166
MSNBC MSNBC DEBATE PREVIEW      3,515     1,236       1,773
CNBC VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE        535        192         253
HLN DR. DREW        242         81         130
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA      8,549     2,492       4,000
FNC VP DEBATE      9,830     3,066       4,604
CNN DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA      4,351     1,628       1,996
CNN VP DEBATE 2012      4,318     1,646       1,899
MSNBC DEBATE      4,468     1,687       2,239
MSNBC MSNBC DEBATE ANALYSIS      4,315     1,700       2,254
CNBC VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE        666        277         292
CNBC YOUR MONEY YOUR VOTE        441        169         227
HLN NANCY GRACE        250         84         107
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY      4,650     1,374       2,327
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA      5,889     1,619       2,785
CNN DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA      2,381        863       1,093
MSNBC MSNBC DEBATE ANALYSIS      2,342        930       1,274
CNBC MAD MONEY        118         43           63
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT        203         67           98

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.

  • Mark2

    Hey Sam, that makes sense. Get rid of CNN and you’ll see MSNBC numbers skyrocket. Liberals numbers are split up by watching CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NBC, CNBC, ABC, CBS, Telemundo, Univision, and even Current TV. Can you imagine if there was only 1 Liberal station.

  • Sicilian Papa

    The video of the Libya incident may leak out if Obama-Biden keep blaming the intelligence people and Hillary.

  • Coffee Steve

    I am ready to make my November prediction, I will bet my van against your car I will be 100% right.

    Someone will win on November 6th or 7th. :mrgreen:

  • Coffee Steve

    @Sicilian Papa

    The committee has already issued a demand for it. Video

  • Pete S.

    Pete S.
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 3:09 PM
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 2:58 PM
    Interesting, apparently 51 Million tuned in to watch the VP debate but only 1/5th of all Americans who watched tuned into the view it on the Conservative News station.

    This other guy made a good point.


    Posted October 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM
    So, let me get it straight: in an Olympic competition the guy who wins the gold medal actually loses because there are more competitors who didn’t win. Great thinking, just like spending money the US does not have is going to solve our economic problems. Good job, Mark2 – I am glad your grasp of logic is so profound; as profound as your understanding of politics.

  • Pete S.

    sorry for the double post.

  • Coffee Steve

    @Pete S.
    sorry for the double post

    I thought my wife had put whiskey in my coffee :-)

  • Pete S.

    whiskey? whiskey’s ok but i believe that could just ruin a good cup of coffee.

  • Sicilian Papa



    I know you are a Matthews fan but I think he is hurting their brand. Olbermann, Rachel, Ed and Larry worked hard to give liberals a place to call their own. He makes these ridiculous statements and becomes fodder for the comics. “We’ve got our knives out on this network” sounds bad and turns people off. My sister is a liberal and will not watch MSNBC anymore because she thinks Matthews is a hateful clown. She watches CNN. She hates FOX.

  • Coffee Steve

    Election History

    In 2008, Obama Led Every October Poll

  • Sicilian Papa

    Real Clear numbers are brutal for Obama-Biden. The President needs to come up with an answer on Libya before it swallows him up. He could go to the people and say things were confusing and we made mistakes. People want to like him and are pretty forgiving. He is hiding and people will not forgive that.

  • Coffee Steve

    *State Dept. Confirms Marines Were Protecting U.S. Embassy on 9/11/12 — in Barbados!

    When terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 of this year and killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, there were no U.S. Marines deployed in Libya to defend U.S. diplomats, diplomatic facilities and classified information and equipment.

    However, says the State Department, a Marine Security Detachment was deployed on that day to carry out those duties at the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados.

  • Pete S.

    Coffee Steve, i’ll trade you my big broken buick for your van, then we can both claim victory! oh wait would that mean we both lost? as long as your van works i guess i’d be the winner!

  • Coffee Steve

    @S. Papa
    The President needs to come up with an answer on Libya before it swallows him up

    He can’t now Mike, it’s too late, he would then have to explain while on the spanish network 14 days after the fact he still blamed the video and admit another 911 attack on America Happened (American Soil)

    And he would have to explain why he and Hillary stood before 4 caskets and STILL blamed the Video.

  • AppleStinx

    After Obama picks Hillary by her legs and Biden by her arms, and swing her under their Libyan bus, and she emerges on the other side with tire marks all over, she won’t have a chance in 2016.

  • Coffee Steve

    @Pete S.

    LOL..or we can just part out the clunkers for cash :-)

  • Sicilian Papa

    Yeah, it’s bad and just before an election. The cover up, it’s always the cover up.

  • Coffee Steve


    You got that right

  • Ratboy

    @ Mark2
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 3:09 PM
    Hey Sam, that makes sense. Get rid of CNN and you’ll see MSNBC numbers skyrocket

    You want to see MSNBC ratings skyrocket? lose morning Joe, sharpton, Matthews, Schultz and replace them with REAL journalists. Even if they still leaned left just have them pull the reigns in so first, it is not so blatenly obvious, second, they dont say such ridiculous and ludicris crap, and third, give the guests from the right a REAl opportunity to make their case and then slowly and methodicly attempt to take their stance apart BUT…….if they cant, admit it. Keep Maddow but tell her to go back to being fair, keep Todd but again instruct him to go back to being a journalist. And make it MANDATORY for their talking heads to watch 60 minutes of Tim Russert before they go on air to model themselves after.

  • Sicilian Papa


    Coffee Steve

    He did this to himself and it exposed something in his character that was always there. The rule of thumb is tell the truth and take the hit. Chicago politics is exposed for the nation to see.

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