Cable News Ratings for Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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October 17th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for October 16, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       2,673            739         1,237
CNN       1,086            450            500
MSNBC       1,136            432            572
CNBC         208             70            108
FBN           91             26             50
HLN         168             63             96
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       9,045         2,694         4,031
CNN       4,352         1,902         1,904
MSNBC       3,888         1,491         1,934
CNBC         448            231            247
FBN         186             61            101
HLN         213             72            109
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,297            349            703
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         236             82            133
MSNBC Morning Joe         465            177            230
CNBC Squawk Box         124             22             55
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         216            126            163
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       2,344            532         1,057
CNN SITUATION ROOM         470            109            166
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         998            267            433
CNBC FAST MONEY         153             43            108
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           93             30             38
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       2,829            616         1,194
CNN SITUATION ROOM         574            177            231
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         941            298            421
CNBC MAD MONEY         142             51             82
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         127             34             42
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       2,716            559         1,175
CNN DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA         856            315            358
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,198            426            602
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         170             51             78
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         281             73             93
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       4,775         1,105         1,938
CNN DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA       1,583            589            671
MSNBC MSNBC DEBATE PREVIEW       1,814            611            911
CNBC YOUR MONEY YOUR VOTE         104             37             52
HLN NANCY GRACE         346            110            179
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE     11,042         3,405         4,909
CNN 2ND PRES DEBATE 2012       5,677         2,506         2,435
MSNBC DEBATE       4,823         1,913         2,387
CNBC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE         604            299            317
HLN DR. DREW         177             71             89
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA     10,850         3,440         5,142
CNN DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA       5,514         2,364         2,560
MSNBC MSNBC DEBATE ANALYSIS       5,066         2,014         2,631
CNBC YOUR MONEY YOUR VOTE         356            180            207
HLN NANCY GRACE         116             35             58
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       5,321         1,755         2,706
CNN DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA       3,871         1,632         1,925
MSNBC MSNBC DEBATE ANALYSIS       3,140         1,303         1,720
CNBC MAD MONEY         208            100            102
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         128             31             67

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.

  • lbsles

    Corporate Taxes and Jobs

    President Obama misrepresented what is known as a territorial tax system. Obama said that moving from our worldwide system to a territorial system would create jobs in foreign countries. The exact opposite is true. We are the only developed country that taxes our businesses on the income they earn abroad. That is driving jobs overseas. Until we move to a territorial system and lower the corporate tax rate we’ll lose jobs to more competitive countries.

    – Curtis Dubay

  • lbsles

    Libya: Another Presidential Non-Answer

    The Obama doctrine in action has led us to a point where terrorists feel emboldened again to attack the United States, as they did the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

    In the last few days, Mitt Romney has been outspoken on the topic of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, as he was outspoken in his criticism of the statement of appeasement issued by the U.S. embassy under attack in Cairo on September 11. If we are to get the real details of what took place that day, it will have to be under pressure from House Republicans. Did the president mean what he said when stated that he is ultimately responsible? The Secretary of State said the same thing today, but they have yet to show what that actually means.

    – Helle C. Dale

  • lbsles

    Obamacare and Small Businesses

    Obamacare is very harmful for America’s small businesses. As Heritage’s tax expert Curtis Dubay explains, “The new health care law will impose new compliance regulations, employer mandate taxes, taxes on business ‘flow-through’ and investment income, and numerous indirect costs on small- and medium-size companies. Altogether, these constraints will dramatically affect companies’ per-employee costs, firm-level allocation of labor, desire to take on health coverage, and motivation to grow both in terms of income and employment.”

    Despite President Obama’s repeated promise that his health care law would significantly decrease premiums, the opposite has happened. On average, premiums for individuals in the employer market have increased by $566 between 2010 and 2012 and family coverage has increased by $1,975. Even when the law is in full effect, premiums will likely continue to rise.

    – Alyene Senger

  • lbsles

    Why Federally Funding Planned Parenthood Is a Bad Idea

    Federal funding for Planned Parenthood has long been under debate, as the organization continues to see surpluses while the country sinks deeper into debt. Unlike the hard economic times faced by American families, Planned Parenthood has ridden the waves of taxpayer funding to millions of dollars in annual surpluses. In 2009-2010 (the latest year for which data is available), Plnned Parenthood had a budget in excess of $1 billion, with over $18 million in profit. Yet, the non-profit organization received over $350 million in taxpayer funding in 2009 and kept the title of America’s largest ab0rti0n provider, performing over 300,000 ab0rti0n procedures.

    There has been longstanding consensus that federal taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund ab0rti0ns. As the country faces a burgeoning national deficit, policymakers should question the necessity of supporting a financially self-sufficient organization–especially one exposed as willing to be complicit in illegal sex trafficking of minor girls. Policymakers should end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and make current prohibitions on federal funding of ab0rti0n (like the Hyde amendment) permanent.

    – Sarah Torre

  • Sam

    I said in this site before that the Republican witch hunt on the Libya issue will backfire on them and IT DID last night.

    Righties, how do you like them apples ?

  • lbsles

    On Criminal Prosecution of Drilling Company

    During tonight’s debate, Governor Romney said that the current administration brought a misguided criminal prosecution against companies trying to drill for oil in North Dakota. The facts bear this out. In a blog post, Heritage discussed this case in which Brigham Oil and some other companies used reserve pits to hold fluid and oil that accumulated from their drilling operations. The law of North Dakota allows this storage practice, which is a basic and essential function of businesses in this area and is not intended to harm wildlife. However, the U.S. Attorney’s office prosecuted the companies for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act – which makes it a federal offense to kill, possess, or take migratory birds – when a couple dead birds were found in their reserves. This 1918 law was meant to protect migratory birds from those who would “take” them in violation of the treaty with Great Britain. In that context, it was clear that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act was meant to halt poachers and illegal hunting of the birds—that is, deliberate, not accidental, conduct. Fortunately, a federal district court dismissed the charges, ruling that the use of reserve pits was “legal, commercially useful activity” that cannot be considered criminal, and that if the government’s theory of prosecution were correct, any activity could violate the law. The episode reflected little concern for business and undue concern for environmentalism, as well as a propensity for criminalizing what should have, at most, been a civil matter.

    – Daniel Dew

  • nimeinenumer

    Can you imagine if FOX NEWS didn’t exist…(no voice for the majority view in america)!

  • lbsles

    “All Obama had to do was show up in that debate last night and they were gonna call him the Comeback Kid, but he’s not. I’m telling you: In the deep, dark crevices of their minds, the Democrats and the consultants and the media people on the left know full well that this was not what they’re portraying it to be. This was not a game-shifting event last night.” -Rush Limbaugh

  • lbsles

    “After four years, nothing Obama says matters. He’s been president for four years! He can’t say, ‘Wouldn’t you love four more years of this?’ He cannot say, ‘Are you better off today than you were four years ago?'” -Rush Limbaaugh

  • lbsles

    “If you go back and you compare the Barack Obama of 2008 to the Barack Obama we got last night (which is what I do), folks, it was pathetic. Last night he was a shadow of the Barack Obama of 2008. Mr. Hope and Change, The One, Mr. Messiah, lowering the sea levels, everything to everybody.” -Rush Limbaugh

  • lbsles

    “The only way you can say, ‘Obama won on points’ is to say that he got away with lying, and that assumes the audience is a bunch of idiots. If Obama won the debate, why all the talk today about Libya and how Obama gave a false answer and how Candy Crowley was wrong?” -Rush Limbaugh

  • lbsles

    Bad news in Obamaville. Even MSNBC can’t spin the truth anymore.

    For those dumbocrats who do not belive this,MSNBC Undecided Voter Panel Leans More Toward Romney After Debate.

  • lbsles


    Nothing more, nothing less from the Obama-worshiping media hacks that call themselves “journalist.”


    On CNN’s “State of the Union” on September 30, Candy Crowley insisted David Axelrod, President Barack Obama’s chief strategist, was wrong when Axelrod tried to claim President Barack Obama called the Benghazi attack “an act of terror” on the day after.
    “First, they said it was not planned, it was part of this tape,” Crowley said when Axelrod tried to spin her.

    This was Crowley the journalist, unlike the pro-Obama advocate who moderated Tuesday’s debate between Obama and Mitt Romney and interjected herself into an argument between Obama and Romney on the exact same issue — and took Obama’s side.

    http://sotu dot blogs dotcnn.com/2012/09/30/axelrod-defends-ambassador-rice-on-her-statements-regarding-libya/

  • Matthew

    “If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.” – LBJ

  • Ratboy

    Matthews And Guest Wonder What’s In Romney’s Head When He Looks Down On ‘Hero’ Obama

  • Sia

    Team Romney for the win !
    Sure Obama was aggressive but people will be voting on the economy bye bye President !

  • Mark

    “The only way you can say, ‘Obama won on points’ is to say that he got away with lying, and that assumes the audience is a bunch of idiots. If Obama won the debate, why all the talk today about Libya and how Obama gave a false answer and how Candy Crowley was wrong?” -Rush Limbaugh
    It amazes me how the people on the right can point out something that even if technically is true(ie Obama did say what he claimed he did) sort of doesn’t line up to the the bigger picture when it comes to Obama, but completely ignore all the things that Romney says that technically could be true, but sort of is misleading when you look at the bigger picture(and if you look at the first debate their was alot of cases of Romney being technically true but misleading).

  • Ratboy

    The guy that asked the Bengazi question last night says Obama talked to him after the debate and contradicted himself yet again. He will be on Greta tonight!

  • usnretiredx2

    @All who feels Obama was the victor in last night’s debate.

    We will know better next Monday when the polls start to filter out the data from days before the debate.

    With that, let us just say for a minute next Monday Romney has more of a lead than he does now.

    Pulling out my crystal ball I for see the Monday’s debate will not be on Foreign Policy much, Obama will say Osama bin Laden name 6 times and Obama will be all over the board talking about anything else steering his responses away from the main subject. The moderator will let him do it and he will give Obama an extra 5-6 minutes to talk.

    Anyone want to take me up on this bet?

  • usnretiredx2

    Anyone ever look at the political addson this site. Team Obama sure is buying up space.

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