Cable News Ratings for Thursday, October 25, 2012

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October 26th, 2012



Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Thursday, October 25, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC    1,739        397         768
CNN      356        111         152
MSNBC      769        270         393
CNBC      178         53           88
FBN        63         14           27
HLN      222         79         100
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC    3,302        697       1,375
CNN      464        178         212
MSNBC    1,470        519         758
CNBC      192         90         106
FBN        67         21           32
HLN      366        121         159
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends    1,553        406         798
CNN Early Start/Starting Point      222         87         103
MSNBC Morning Joe      598        217         338
CNBC Squawk Box      112         38           51
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade      232        124         161
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE    2,368        438         973
CNN SITUATION ROOM      596        128         208
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS    1,202        348         573
CNBC FAST MONEY      220         26         118
HLN EVENING EXPRESS      144         41           48
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER    2,651        468       1,011
CNN SITUATION ROOM      470        146         228
MSNBC POLITICS NATION    1,141        332         541
CNBC MAD MONEY      163         32           86
HLN EVENING EXPRESS      215         52           80
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH    2,401        489       1,045
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      533        172         226
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS    1,198        375         673
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT      216         12           76
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL      359        102         121
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    3,935        755       1,614
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      500        183         216
MSNBC ED SHOW    1,370        441         686
CNBC BILLIONS BEHIND BARS      143         57           73
HLN NANCY GRACE      452        135         189
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY    3,080        683       1,287
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT      503        181         221
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW    1,589        595         831
CNBC CRIME INC: COUNTERFEIT      190         96         120
HLN WHAT WOULD YOU DO      282         77         118
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA    2,867        654       1,219
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360      389        169         199
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL    1,448        520         755
CNBC AMERICAN GREED      244        117         124
HLN WHAT WOULD YOU DO      363        152         170
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR    1,907        575         985
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT      303        164         163
MSNBC ED SHOW      832        313         404
CNBC MAD MONEY      171         83           74
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT      223         66         100

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

    @AppleStinx ““Rock Center with Brian Williams” (and Barack Obama) ended up having 3.72 million viewers, losing to “The O’Reilly Factor”, which had 3.935 million.”

    You’re comparing Apples and Oranges. They aired at different times. Rock Center didn’t air until 10PM.

  • Babygate

    The Five is rocking the ratings. Officially over the 2 million viewers mark. Not bad for a show that’s barely 1.5 old. This is the best format and the best panel in cable news. Love them all, especially Bob Beckel. Wow, O’Reilly really leaves everyone else in the dust. I’m surprised that Hannity is doing this well though, he’s unwatchable to me but whatevs…Rachel is doing well according to MSNBC standards but I can’t watch her anymore, she’s sounding more and more like Obermann. Too bad.

  • beached

    @Jeff…Although Fox Comedy News has many many windbags, Sununu is about the most disgusting of all. But you have to look at it like I do and just laugh it off. Fox really is a comedy channel after all and probably provides more laughs them most of the sitcoms out there.

  • UpAndOver


    You sure love the liberal ‘mini’ polls….

  • Matthew

    My memory might be failing me, but CNBC is looking a little dire in the 25 – 54 demo. 12k at 7PM? I’m almost certain Kudlow was doing better than that just a few months ago.

  • Mark2

    Greatest Performance Ever!!!

  • Mark2

    ^Funniest thing I have ever seen. For once, I actually felt sorry for Romney. Look at his reactions throughout the whole performance.

  • Matthew
  • AppleStinx

    “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (10pm) is again getting fewer viewers than “The O’Reilly Factor” (8pm). :grin:

  • Matthew

    Credentialed polling organization and a decent 2008 and 2010 state-level record and an n>1000 sample = liberal mini poll???


  • UpAndOver

    CIA operators were denied request for help during Benghazi attack

    The red phone was in use, obama callin hollywood, yo, movie plot coming…

  • betty

    Bubba and Hildabeest are running scared, now.
    Hillary was so indignant, blaming it all on the video,the video, the video.
    Hillary LIED….she knew the Real Story.
    “the cover-up is worse than the crime” but in this case, the crime is
    pret-ty serious.

  • Sunshine

    I posted a lengthy post and it poooooofffffffffffffed. :(

  • Ratboy

    Actual Huffington Post Headline: ‘Why Some Women Don’t Vote With Their Vaginas’

  • Mark2

    @AppleStinx – Rock Center with Brian Williams” (10pm) is again getting fewer viewers than “The O’Reilly Factor” (8pm).

    Again, you’re comparing Apples and Oranges. That’s like someone saying Brian Williams (6:30PM) Nightly News show again beats the O’Reilly (8PM) show.

  • Ratboy

    :lol: :lol: Hows this for a headline??? Now MSDNC has been reduced to a ratings war with…………………………..THEMSELVES!!!!!!:lol: :lol: :lol:

    Thursday Ratings: Rachel Maddow Wins The Night On MSNBC

    by Mediaite Staff | October 26th, 2012
    Thursday evening, Rachel Maddow beat out all of her colleagues at MSNBC in total viewers and the key 25-54 year-old demo.

  • diamondback

    MSNBC will close after the election when Obama loses. They will have absolutely NOTHING to talk about. Oh, I forgot they could immediately start their “it’s all Romneys fault” in prep for 2016, but I doubt they’ll survive even with that.

  • AppleStinx

    Mark2 wrote: “…That’s like someone saying Brian Williams (6:30PM) Nightly News show again beats the O’Reilly (8PM) show.”

    Not really. The broadcast news programs last only 1/2 hour. The Factor last 1 hour.

  • Coffee Steve

    This is now going to go Viral

    *KRISTOL: General Petraeus Throws President Under Bus… Developing

    Breaking news on Benghazi: the CIA spokesman, presumably at the direction of CIA director David Petraeus, has put out this statement: “No one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. ”

    So who in the government did tell “anybody” not to help those in need? Someone decided not to send in military assets to help those Agency operators. Would the secretary of defense make such a decision on his own? No.

    It would have been a presidential decision. There was presumably a rationale for such a decision. What was it? When and why—and based on whose counsel obtained in what meetings or conversations—did President Obama decide against sending in military assets to help the Americans in need?

    Developing (

  • Mark2


    It’s like I said yesterday. If Romney wins, Fox News Ratings will go down and MSNBC ratings will go up. If Obama wins, Fox News will remain high and MSNBC go down.

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