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.

  • Doug

    I was watching Fox for laughs on election night and called it as the moment the entire network jumped the shark (as much as that is a cliche, tired phrase). The ratings bear it out – MSNBC has never consistently beat Fox in the demo, and now they are, consistently.

    Even the total day margin is tighter than it’s ever been.

    And where have the right-wingers gone? Besides a few tone deaf ones, most have disappeared into the ether.

  • BevAG

    Mt Rick:

    Even with FNC and Whitehouse MSNBC competing with each other, Whitehouse MSNBC doesn’t come close to FNC as far as ratings. Even at this time when all of us fiscal Conservatives are taking a breather to regroup while we watch the Obama house of cards fall apart, Whitehouse MSNBC still doesn’t come close to FNC in ratings.

  • Mt Rick

    Mark2 You may think that all FCN does is bash President Obama. Well for the most part MSNBC spent a lot of their time bashing G.W. Bush when he was President. In a two or three more year MSNBC probably will stop defending Obama just like no body defend Bush these days.
    Just like economic cycles we have Political Cycle. for a while the Democrats will control government and pass their policies, the economy will get better but after awhile the economy will turn sour and we will realize that they really do not know what they are doing and screwing things up worse than things were before we will vote them out and vote the Republicans back in thinking that they will fix thing, things will get better but after awhile the economy will turn sour and we will realize that they really do not know what they are doing and screwing things up worse than things were before we will vote them out and vote the Democrats back in.
    Eventually the system will crash because neither Political Party can solve the problem without increasing the government debt.

  • BevAG

    Mt Rick, that was well said. And I’m really sad to say that. Your commentary on things is about THE most forthright and astute observation of how things work that I’ve heard or read, and that’s a sad commentary. My hat’s off to you. Thank you.

  • simcopter12

    Dang, you liberals are one big hate fest in these threads, is there real a need for all the nasty and hateful talk about GOP? The Democrats won the election. Can’t you all take the high road and be gracious, instead of acting disgusting and immature? Who cares if the conservatives may have been just as nasty if they had won the election? Take the high road…. I’m neither Liberal or Conservative. Some things I agree with on the left, and others I agree with on the right. I’ve simply never seen such nastiness from WINNERS of a contest than I have witnessed from liberals since Obama won reelection. It honestly shines a very horrible light on you and your behavior. Let us all be adults, please, and talk mature, instead of hurling insults at one another. It accomplishes nothing except inflaming both sides.

  • Mt Rick

    I think the News networks air their version of the truth. People are watching a debate on the Networks and each strive to glorify their own side and bash the other side.
    When I was in High School I was in a debate class. One quarter I argued in support of the Vietnam war and the next quarter I debate against. I could find plenty of arguments for and against and plenty of published support for both sides. It did not mean that either side of the arguement was correct. It just that both sides thought they were correct, just like they think they are correct about Iraq and Afganistan as well as Lybia and Egypt.

  • Moncon

    I started watching MSNBC long before Fox News including Olbermann, but something about their hosts just turned me off. I saw them as mean spirited, arrogant and condescending to those of a differing view. Set aside Hannity and I did not get that same vibe off the other hosts on Fox IMO.

  • AppleStinx


  • Sue

    bobbyv, they are already blaming Bush. I think the overall level of intelligence has really declined in the US. “ God must have loved the common people—he made so many of them.” Abe Lincoln

  • Bobbyv


    The President believes that what he is doing is best for America. That is fine, he is entitled to his view and he won the election. At some point he will have to own the economy and debt. If he turns thing around then he will receive the credit but he is the most powerful person in the world, he has to take the blame too. His supporters have this Get out of jail Free card (blame Bush). Eventually that will stop. My issue is that history is now rewritten: All of the sudden it is not individual talent and hard work that makes success, it is the group. It is the government’s job to take care of us, not ours…and people argue this is what the Founders have aleays wanted. Not the Founders I studied.

  • Faith3

    The founders didn’t want others to use state power for their own ends. We are seeing that on a large scale now with corporate entities which are being the most influential and relying on such powers and using such power to actually extort. If you don’t give us tax breaks we will up and leave, if you don’t give us an abatement, subsidies etc… we will build somewhere that will give us what we try to extort through the public treasury. That is not at all what the public treasury was designed to do. Nothing the founding fathers would have agreed to and called freedom from tyranny.

  • AppleStinx

  • 1nancy2

    Suuureee, s. 12, right, like repubs are the beacon of fuzzy, warm, sweet, kind? The GOP loved blaming Obama, for the clouds, rain, rising oceans, his color, intelligence, you name it. What did they get in return for plowing more than a bill, maybe 2 bill into the election? Zip, nada, no, nope, nothing, finito, zero. Now repubs need to be good sports and “Deal with It”….Yes, that was repub. advice to Dem’s in 00 and 04. ” take the high road and be gracious”…OK, s 12, After you and all repubs. When you take your own advice, why, I’m sure Dem’s will follow your lead. I’m sure with a wonderful adult, kind, repub. modeling of stellar behavior, it stands to reason that Dem’s will follow along, don’t you think? BBL

  • Moncon

    What is a shame is our dear leader said he represents ALL Americans and his one sided, hard line take it or leave stance is opposite of what he preaches. GOP should stay home, vote present and let them have it. It’s too bad though that the small business S-Corp making $250,000.00 will get hit as if they were on the same playing field as the corporations making hundreds of millions dollars. Obama is straight up lying to them.

  • Bobbyv


    I agree, I think the Founders were relying on checks/balances and the virtue of individuals to do what is right, but that is part my speculation. I am not saying we do not need government and government supervision but we are going beyond that. I think you are about my age, all we heard growing up was how if you worked hard you can be anything you want. The govt was never part of the equation, now we hear different. I think the deck was stacked more against the workers in the past than it is now. You hear the story of boxer Jim Braddock giving back his relief money because he was ashamed of govt help? Think that would happen today? And I am not saying everyone should be ashamed, I am talking about the mindset.

  • Big Ben


    The Progressives argue that the Founders could never envision how America would evolve over time. Remember the original (& better) You Tube video “Did You Know ?” It’s a good example of this.

    What the Progressives ignore are our principles , the things that have made America the success it was. They chip away at this, &, that, to sculpt their version, but their version isn’t what America was intended to be . It has a European facade . IOW’s , a fake front . Restoration be da#%ed . Progressives want the Frank Lloyd Wright’s of this world because sleek is in . Anyone with one Wright’s homes knows how impractical they are . My neighbor’s is drafty , sterile , & , past its prime. True substance is not of one period of time only , but, remains to be be appreciated & hopefully expanded upon. This isn’t happening with the USA. Principles are being diluted or have eroded away. We lose more of our character every day.

    While most everyone feels entitled, what we really need to do is to add value. This comes from hard work , innovation , useful education & critical thinking , equality based on equity, & on & on.

    We all have a responsibility to know who is running for office & their platform & by this I don’t their soundbytes. Then, vote.

    We live in a changing world environment, but, our “Bill of Rights” still matter. In September 1787, Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter in which he said: “[A] bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.”

  • Bobbyv

    Progressives have their vision of the country and that is fine, I think there is merit in all points of view. Just do not rewrite history to justify it, make your arguments and let people decide. BO is not evil, for me I just do not agree with his vision on some things.

  • AppleStinx

  • RedBarSoup

    Progressives have their vision of the country and that is fine, I think there is merit in all points of view. Just do not rewrite history to justify it,

    So are you saying only progressives do this? Do you not remember the Texas school board trying to rewrite history by trying to put slavery into a good light? Trying to change the textbooks so that they can teach schoolchildren a version of American history that emphasizes the roles of capitalist enterprise, the military, Christianity and modern Republican political figures?

    THEN just January of this year a group of Tea Party activists in Tennessee has renewed its push to whitewash school textbooks. The group is seeking to remove references to slavery and mentions of the country’s founders being slave owners.

    So stop with the generalization of only democrats/liberals/progressives.

  • Diamond Dave

    All this bickering is ridiculous. The reason Fox is down right now is because the Republican lost the election. Viewership always goes up before an election and down afterwards. And Fox has taken a slight hit in only 2 categories (yes, only 2) is because of that reason. They will bounce back once viewers become interested in politics again. MSNBC will suffer once the new year comes and sequestration comes into effect, because they’re essentially the WH propanga channel and viewers will see through the fraud that they are.

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