Cable News Ratings for Thursday, November 8, 2012

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November 9th, 2012



Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Thursday, November 8, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC        1,318        300         529
CNN           518        163         237
MSNBC           949        316         477
CNBC           175         44           98
FBN             76         18           35
HLN           195         78         106
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC        2,026        418         775
CNN           766        244         375
MSNBC        1,701        514         832
CNBC           193         80         113
FBN             86         14           32
HLN           276         99         132
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends        1,317        304         601
CNN Early Start/Starting Point           365        151         206
MSNBC Morning Joe           847        331         467
CNBC Squawk Box           142         31           90
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade           208        124         157
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE        2,153        458         788
CNN SITUATION ROOM           632        162         221
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS        1,520        388         684
CNBC FAST MONEY           241         32         133
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           155         41           84
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER        2,395        334         740
CNN SITUATION ROOM           676        224         282
MSNBC POLITICS NATION        1,399        445         680
CNBC MAD MONEY           167         67         101
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           210         59         101
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH        2,015        388         727
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           680        204         337
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS        1,380        453         677
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT           166         45           75
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL           259         96         103
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        2,494        553         915
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           805        240         373
MSNBC ED SHOW        1,736        476         794
CNBC MADOFF BEHIND BARS           204         72         102
HLN NANCY GRACE           281         91         129
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY        1,836        325         664
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT           870        247         419
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW        1,809        568         924
CNBC UNRAVELED           188         83         122
HLN WHAT WOULD YOU DO           319        117         159
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA        1,729        377         744
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           624        246         332
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL        1,558        499         778
CNBC AMERICAN GREED           162         72           93
CNBC UNRAVELED           211         96         140
HLN WHAT WOULD YOU DO           226         89         106
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        1,158        348         562
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           394        124         197
MSNBC ED SHOW        1,045        357         568
CNBC MAD MONEY           125         75           96
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT           139         55           75

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.

  • HRJ

    Can’t we all just get along?

    I wonder if Karl Rove now sleeps with one eye open. Karl F’ed up a lot of rich peoples money.

  • Ralph Hahn

    While I’m surprised to see Fox following MSNBC another day, this is only TEMPORARY. It’s Fox’s own fault. They keep talking about Chris “Tingles” Matthews, so viewers are tuning in to MSDNC to see what that idiot says next.

  • TheBoss1

    @Mark2 … you wrote, “I know this is just temporary high for MSNBC but the drastic drop in Fox News viewers is alarming.”

    Agreed. I think the ratings spike for MSNBC is temporary (but I am loving it at the moment!). However, the drastic drop in Fox viewership is a direct reflection of their inaccuracies leading up to the election. I do not doubt that they took a major credibility hit with some of their viewers. You cannot have ALL of their major analysts talking about how all the polls are wrong and predicting a Romney landslide and then the opposite happens in the election. At some point, even Fox viewers have to go, “Hmmmmmm. What the hell is going on? Why were they soooo wrong?”

  • Ralph Hahn

    @TheBoss: MOST of the FNC commentators believed it would be a CLOSE race. Paid contributors like Rove and Bernie Goldberg were predicting the landslide.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Actually, it wasn’t a landslide. Florida has yet to call a winner. The popular vote, I believe, is used whether the winner has a mandate or not. I’m sure that an Electoral Vote count is not the measuring stick for landslide. It’s this whole f-ed up Electoral College vote. If a State has more urban areas, the votes are going to the Democrats. California is the Grand Prize.

  • Jeff

    Why am I not surprised Ralphie has been playing with the blue water in the porta-potty again. Obama swept Romney, gay marriage won in 4 States, marijuana is legal for regular and medical use in 3 more states. Democrats picked up seats in the Senate and in the House.

    LANDSLIDE knucklehead!

  • Mark

    Obama swept Romney, gay marriage won in 4 States, marijuana is legal for regular and medical use in 3 more states.
    Unfortunately Obama has done crap for weed, infact a couple years into his presidency he has started to inforce it harder.

    I said months ago if Romney really wanted an issue that would get him alot of votes, be pro-weed(or at least decriminalzation) and go on the basis of civil rights and liberties(ie less Big Government) and how it’s unfair blacks and latinos get jailed at a higher rates(ie minority freindly) and the waste of money the War on Drugs is. It definitely would eat into alot of the bases Obama is strong on

  • UpAndOver

    Petraeus resigns…

    extramarital affair ?

    The title of ‘her’ book was ‘All In’, was that a ‘hint’…LOL

  • Mark

    And before anybody say the Religious right would be against it


    Pat Robertson: Marijuana should be legal

    (AP) RICHMOND, Va. – Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson says marijuana should be legalized and treated like alcohol because the government’s war on drugs has failed.

    The outspoken evangelical Christian and host of “The 700 Club” on the Virginia Beach-based Christian Broadcasting Network he founded said the war on drugs is costing taxpayers billions of dollars. He said people should not be sent to prison for marijuana possession.
    When I saw this I assumed he was giving Romney a free ride to a winning issue

  • Sicilian Papa


    The Lefties

    Hey lefties we are hibernating. I have not turned on the news since the election. It is painful for us. All my friends on the conservative side say the same thing. It will be awhile before we get back in the game.

  • Bobbyv

    Can I ask a question: Why is it a good thing for a drug to be legal? I admittedly do not know the details of the law, what is the age restriction?

  • Sicilian Papa

    I am willing to accept the explanation from the Administration that there were no Military assets available on Sept. 11, 2012 in Libya.

    Panetta came out in the days after and said they didn’t send in Military because you don’t do that if you don’t know the threat. Something doesn’t wash there and they better be telling the truth.

    Why lie and blame the video if there is nothing to cover up? Why not explain what they did today a week or month after the attack?

    It sure doesn’t add up but hey they might be telling the truth. Time will tell.

  • Sicilian Papa

    Believe me guys and gals on the left we are in mourning. We got crushed and we were hoping for better.

  • Mark

    @Sicilian Papa
    Hey lefties we are hibernating. I have not turned on the news since the election. It is painful for us. All my friends on the conservative side say the same thing. It will be awhile before we get back in the game.
    Sort of like the Wisconsin Recall, I took the rest of the week off after it happened. MSNBC(and especially ED) built it up and it was a huge letdown.

    Can I ask a question: Why is it a good thing for a drug to be legal? I admittedly do not know the details of the law, what is the age restriction?
    In my opinion weed is less harmful then alcohol, but like anything(including booze) it can be abused. All that being said the biggest positive for me of it being legal is the country wastes way to much cash trying to enforce it, and I think it’s ridiculous sending people to jail for using it(once again more wasted cash but this time at a state level)

  • Mark

    The only positive from the Wisconsin Recall was the poll that said Walker would win by 7%(and was only off by a very small margin of 0.3%), polled people right after the election who like Obama and had him winning by 8%. lol

    All I know is if I want a good read on Wisconsin Politics Marquette University is the best

  • Bobbyv


    Cannot argue about the money, nor am I going to be sanctimonious and say I have never used. I will only speak for myself: When I was young if it was legal I can say with 100% certainty that I would have used it more. I do not have an answer on this one, for me it just does not “feel” right to legalize unless it eases someone’s pain, IMO.

  • Mark


    I think if they really want to keep it illegal they should get rid of the jail sentences and make the worst thing that can happen to you for small possession is a fine(much like speeding). Turn it into a revenue generator

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)


    That is what we have in MA now. It is decriminalized and small amounts used for personal consumption are met with fines at worst.

    But since the drug trade has inherent violence issues I guess it would be better legalized, controlled and taxed in the long run. Although friends who still use assure me this will be the end of quality weed.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Just saw this story. I could possibly feel bad for the girl if she had one ounce of remorse and oh yeah had not mentioned the whole assassination thingy.

    Freedom of speech is awesome but not without its consequences.

    Well I guess in retrospect she will be happy Obama one as she will now be joining the part of the 47% on food stamps.


  • HeHeHe

    Republicans listen to Fox News. Democrats listen to FACTS.

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