Cable News Ratings for Thursday, November 29, 2012

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November 30th, 2012



Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Thursday, November 29, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,219            237            493
CNN         334             96            144
MSNBC         644            204            303
CNBC         189             50            114
FBN           58             16             31
HLN         167             65             89
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,072            330            672
CNN         516            130            213
MSNBC       1,165            347            530
CNBC         277            126            181
FBN           61             15             31
HLN         242             90            124
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,180            294            591
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         162             72             91
MSNBC Morning Joe         549            214            307
CNBC Squawk Box         133             32             95
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         197            108            140
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       2,017            313            776
CNN SITUATION ROOM         530             93            183
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,119            250            466
CNBC FAST MONEY         196             26            103
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           87             23             39
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,980            302            708
CNN SITUATION ROOM         448             78            131
MSNBC POLITICS NATION       1,060            230            412
CNBC MAD MONEY         240             64            123
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         110             41             48
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,820            420            781
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         417            109            166
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         860            240            351
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         183             21             65
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         185             70             87
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,721            440            828
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         523            116            235
MSNBC ED SHOW       1,178            310            515
CNBC NEW AGE OF WAL-MART         167             57            105
HLN NANCY GRACE         280             99            142
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       1,937            297            601
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         644            175            271
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       1,225            384            591
CNBC AMER GREED THE FUGITIVES         296            123            182
HLN WHAT WOULD YOU DO         231             85            113
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,533            252            578
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         381             99            134
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL       1,091            345            485
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         369            197            257
HLN WHAT WOULD YOU DO         217             85            116
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,215            305            587
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         264             89            103
MSNBC ED SHOW         619            256            334
CNBC MAD MONEY         103             30             65
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         175             42            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.

  • Jayson


    Not to take sides, but CNN stands for Cable News Network. I can’t imagine you didn’t know that. So, I’m not sure what point you were trying to make.

    Now, don’t come back swinging at me. Like I said, I’m not on anyone’s side. But, I found your post puzzling, and decided to comment. :)

  • BevAG

    Jayson, isn’t CCN Chicken News Network or something ridiculous like that? I remember back in the recesses of my mind Ted Turner naming it something stupid like that.

  • Mark2

    I still remember the days when Fox News used to crush MSNBC in the key demo during Primetime. I guess those days are long gone.

  • beedavis

    I’m really shocked MSNBC is doing this well. I really thought canning Keith was the death nail. but Rachel is becoming a great leader in Cable News. in News overall. btw Fox News loooooves talking Demo’s. Why did that all of a sudden change to OVERALL viewers? lol. Everyone knows CBS loves canning shows with high viewership, it doesn’t matter if they pull in viewers, what’s good total viewership if they DONT SPEND MONEY!! Demo is everything!!!!!!

  • Bobbyv


    You are right, that is funny, but it is also funny how now people here think ratings are super important and are a measuring stick for how smart the country is when before all they meant was there were a lot of stupid people watching television.

    On a side note, are you a Brady Bunch fan? Or am I reading too much into the name? :)

  • BevAG

    Just because I keep hearing on here about this Key Demo thing being so great for MSNBC as if MSNBC is making some inroads because of the election, I went back and looked at what happened in the Cable TV ratings last December 2011. Here’s what one commenter said:

    This is a quote:

    Fox News is the Conservative Entertainment channel. People who watch Fox watch it all day, with maybe a time out for Rush Limbaugh and bleaching their sheets. Any one of the Librul Communist Muslim network nightly newscasts has at least double Bill O Reilly’s ratings.

    Also, note that while Fox News is #6 in overall viewers, its nowhere to be found in the 18-49 demo. That tells you that its audience is mostly retired geezers with way too much time on their hands. END OF QUOTE

  • Sam

    How could you get handed 440K and loose 143K of them ?

    Hannity is gone … I’m just waiting for Piers to beat his a$$ too.

    Even a blank screen on Fox News could have made better numbers.

    Maybe Fox should hire a progressive instead of Hannity… The biggest winner on Fox beside Bill O was a liberal… Shep smith.

  • BevAG

    So, Mark and any of you others on here that watch the Whitehouse News Channel MSNBC and think it’s some kind of great source for news, I take away from my last post that nothing has changed from December of 2011 to December of 2012.

    In December of 2011 Whitehouse MSNBC key demoed sometimes better than FNC. BUT Whitehouse MSNBC is STILL so far behind FNC that’s really not even worth commenting about.

  • Ben123

    Who cares what the age of the viewers are. They all only have 1 vote…unless of course democrats use fraudulent voting to get elected

  • Jeff

    Way 2 Go Rachel Maddow and Lawrence ODonnell!! All Fox News programs have lost viewers and msnbc has gained, Poor Greta and Sean Insannity are sinking the most. Lets hope Fox trashes Sean soon. I’ve always said its quality not quanity, the content of Rachel and Lawrence is far more informative and interesting than the hate mongering, inconsistencies, and misinformation given by ALL the Fox opinion programs. Oh! with the exception of Shep who seems to be the only one that wants a long term future in news. So after the last election/wake up call the sheltered misinformed righties have turned away from their BS news source in droves after President Obama kicked their red a$$e$.

    It feels really good to see the Neo cons be forced to realize, that America is far more liberal than they were lead to believe.

  • Bobbyv


    You think Rachel and Lawrence are more informative and interesting that is fine, we all have our opinions. But again, only Fox people lie? So before Fox news there were NO lies in the media?

  • BevAG

    Jeff: Then numbers for MSNBC are no different than they were last December 2011. Ouch!!! That must hurt.

  • Mark2


    I decided to take the bait and look up the cable news primetime demo ratings for Nov 30, 2011…one year ago. I found out that all Fox News Primetime shows have dropped significantly and all MSNBC shows have increased exponentially. Here are the results:

    Key Demo 25-54 / Change from 2011

    O’Reilly = -38%
    The Ed Show = +65%

    Hannity = -52%
    Rachel Maddow = +45%

    Greta = -36%
    Lawrence = +46%

    11PM Repeat:
    O’Reilly = -27%
    The Ed Show = +31%

    Ouch!!! That’s gotta hurt!

  • James

    Fox viewers are losing anthuesism to watch cable news since the republicans to a beating ob election night .obama got 4 more years so i guess the miserable fox sheep have moved on

  • BevAG

    James: Just regrouping.

  • Mark2


    Primetime Key Demo One Year Later:

    Show……Then / Now
    O’Reilly…704 / 440
    Ed Show….188 / 310

    Hannity….617 / 297
    Rachel…..264 / 384

    Greta……392 / 252
    Lawrence…237 / 345

    As you can see, Fox News used to destroy MSNBC in the Primetime key demo. But that’s no longer the case. So when you say nothing has changed from last year, you’re dead wrong! Better luck next time, lol.

  • Moncon

    MSNBC is a one trick pony. Slam the GOP. Don’t question anything but the GOP, insult the GOP. They don’t offer anything but anti-GOP rhetoric. It’s a shame the young are so gullible. I remember being young and liberal thinking. Then I bought a home started a family and a business and saw the light.

  • Mark2


    …and Fox News isn’t? All Fox News does is bash our President and the Liberals/Progressives who try and seek out change. I’m just glad to see that America is finally waking up and seeing Fox for what it is…a propaganda machine for the Republican Party.

  • BevAG

    And to think, Mark, you have no problems with MSNBC being a propaganda machine for the Whitehouse.

  • Mt Rick

    Typically CNN’s ratings compete with CNBC, HLN and if the would include Fox Business Network.
    I went to Purdue University during the 1970s, when icame to football we talked about winning the Little 8 since Ohio St and Michigan usually won the Big 10 title.
    FCN and MSNBC are competing with each other to win the title for the Cable News audience while the other are competing for the distance third place. The MSNBC and FCN audience is typically 2 to 5 time the audience of CNN. You would think that CNN was a new network and not the original cable news network.
    But, I do not think that we need another MSNBC or FCN. I do not think that they will find success by copying another Network. Zucker may have had his big hit, may of his other programing pushes went flat.

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