Cable News Ratings for Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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December 5th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for December 4, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC        1,225        249         504
CNN           320        103         161
MSNBC           624        182         280
CNBC           165         45           91
FBN             58         13           28
HLN           160         52           82
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC        2,182        346         747
CNN           470        123         196
MSNBC        1,266        330         560
CNBC           248         77         122
FBN             51         17           35
HLN           236         43         102
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends        1,051        232         443
CNN Early Start/Starting Point           187         88         115
MSNBC Morning Joe           520        207         276
CNBC Squawk Box             96         21           59
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade           228        109         173
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE        2,052        428         866
CNN SITUATION ROOM           543        141         219
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS        1,001        168         364
CNBC FAST MONEY           153         19           86
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           118         35           69
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER        2,054        395         819
CNN SITUATION ROOM           416        122         198
MSNBC POLITICS NATION           885        196         368
CNBC MAD MONEY           155         49           86
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           166         40           72
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH        1,914        404         752
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           371        100         193
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS           925        213         381
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT           183         25           68
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL           204         80         102
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        3,116        506       1,069
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           501        143         236
MSNBC ED SHOW        1,182        294         497
CNBC COCA-COLA: THE REAL STORY           181         43           87
HLN NANCY GRACE           253         44           97
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY        1,868        285         617
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT           556        122         197
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW        1,379        388         638
CNBC 60 MINUTES ON CNBC           322        101         166
HLN DR. DREW ON CALL           246         28         106
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           352        105         154
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL        1,222        309         545
CNBC AMERICAN GREED           242         87         113
HLN NANCY GRACE           208         58         103
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        1,013        282         482
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           243        107         125
MSNBC ED SHOW           624        207         279
CNBC MAD MONEY           151         53           88
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT           165         38           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 viewingPrime Time = 8-11pmLIVE+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 HHsCNBC: 97.497 million HHsFNC: 97.981 million HHsMSNBC: 95.526 million HHsFox Business: 68.407 million HHsNielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2012 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • cathy

    Rachel Maddow both literally and figuratively speaks out of the side of her mouth. I’ve watched her a few times but I can’t believe much of what she says. She is always half laughing. I don’t care if she believes what she is saying or not, do it with a straight face. Plus Rachel only tells you one side of the story. She omits facts to prove she is right. She doesn’t even try to look like she is giving reps a chance to talk. When Rachel has guests on to debate the fiscal cliff, she invites two dems and asks them why the President is right and the reps are wrong. So, Rachel is great to watch if you want to feel great about being a lib or dem. What I see is that MSNBCs ratings are up because all the Obama voters need a news channel that tells them everything is great and anything going wrong is not Obama’s fault.
    Yesterday, MSNBC said, “We need to get the taxes increased on the top 2% now, because there is another recession coming from Europe. This European recession is going to cause another U.S. recession. So, we need to raise taxes now.”
    You have to love MSNBC.
    Oh, I’m watching MSNBC now and they showed Chris Christie walking into the White House. The governor needs to get a fat aide. The skinny one he has now makes Christie look like a truck.

  • Derek

    You ALL are insane. Like seriously. Just read the ratings and move on. Don’t have political debates on a TV site!

  • RedBarSoup

    I actually agree with Derek. But watching the right in here get so mad over nothing is more amusing than watching TV sometimes.

  • RedBarSoup

    She omits facts to prove she is right.

    Wait, did you are talking about Oreilly and Hannity!?

  • Coffee Steve


    The Kingsmen – “Jolly Green Giant” / “Little Latin Lupe Lu” :lol:

    Thank You, hope your doing well

    Man! 7th Grade has got alot more complicated than we had LOL

  • RedBarSoup

    Wait, did you are talking about Oreilly and Hannity!?

    Woops, I meant

    Wait, are you talking about Oreilly and Hannity!?

  • cathy

    Obama’s plan. Let’s go over the cliff. Most people are going to blame the reps. Then Obama will put the Bush tax cuts back for the middle class but they will be called the Obama tax cuts for the middle class.
    What the reps need to do is go with a 1.5% rate increase, limit deductions on people making 500,000 or more and close the loop holes,. decrease spending put we have to keep some type of debt ceiling.
    Yes, many large company CEO are saying increase their taxes. It’s in their best interest to do it. Because 4% isn’t going to chance the way they do business but it will hurt small businesses that they compete against.
    They are letting the government tax the small business owner out of business ending some of the large companies compensation. Obama want big business and big government.
    The libs and dems have been telling us that dems make more money than reps. That is true. The dems have most of the extremely rich, most of the poor, and half of the middle class. The Republicans have most of the middle and small business people who barely make $250,000 and don’t have enough money to pay a high end tax professional to find the loop holes. Do not be fooled by Obama says the loop holes are gone, they aren’t.

  • AppleStinx

    Ratboy wrote: “…The tooth fairy can bring you money then the government will tax it and take it away then you can have the government buy your new teeth since you will not have any money!!…”

    No wonder Hillbilly is hiding his last tooth from him (the tooth fairy). :grin:

  • 1966

    @coffee steve
    I’m doing okay thanks tor asking

  • cathy


    On the fiscal cliff issue – which is the only thing I can compare between the three people and who they have on their shows to debate. It’s clearly Rachel that omits facts. She never once talked about the part of the deal where Obama wants to eliminate the debt ceiling. No debt ceiling means that Obama can spend without the approval of congress. Maybe I’m stupid but I think giving any one person unlimited control of the U.S. checkbook is a pretty big issue. The White House announced it wanted an end to debt ceilings, I was it on MSNBC. But Rachel never talked about that. Plus she never talk about the fact that Obama is offering tax cuts that were already used in another deal. So, Obama is trying to pay two different bills with the same money. Let me make it easy for you to understand, Your heating bill for November was $100 and seen the company a check to paid it. Then you get your heating bill for December and it’s $100, so you seen them a copy of your November check and call it paid. Again Rachel tells us these are new cuts.

    Both O’Reilly and Hannity have talked about what they saw in both plans. They have told the reps to get more detailed. They complained that the reps needed to put together a plan. And that the reps need to keep reminding people that it’s not about tax rate increases but a lack of decreases in spending. Both men have said that they agree with increasing the tax rate but only after we have a true decrease in spending. They are not saying that the reps are right. They think they are approaching it wrong.

    As for guest. Hannity and O’Reilly always have one lib or dem, now this person may side with them. But they at least try to make it look two sided.

    I stand by this statement. “MSNBC – feel good news for the Obama voter” So, they should be kicking Fox news butts in the ratings.

  • RedBarSoup

    lol @ Cathy

    Oreilly has even omitted as leaving out facts. One of his guests even called him out on it and his response? “This is my show, I’ll say and do what I want”. LOL at you thinking Hannity is a credible source.

  • RedBarSoup

    omitted=admitted. I’m off today.

  • RedBarSoup

    Don’t worry Cathy, the GOP still thinks SS is an entitlement and they want to cut into it. Haven’t heard Hannity talked about SS like that….but of course, the GOP in his eyes are saints, just like the libs are saints in MSNBCs eyes. The only difference is that most people JUST LIKE YOU think Hannity and Oreilly should actually be listened to and are fair and balanced which is laughable.

  • Ratboy

    @ RedBarSoup
    Posted December 6, 2012 at 9:24 AM
    Don’t worry Cathy, the GOP still thinks SS is an entitlement and they want to cut into it

    Now who is spreading BS???
    The SS system is broken and Washington has raided it over the years. What the R’s want to do is fix it not cut it. People are living longer and SS pays out more types of benifits than when it was created but it has not kept up with the times. If something is not done to SS it will be broke, empty, out of funds, GONE! By the way even some D’s admit that it is broken.

  • RedBarSoup


    Yeah, and they call it an ENTITLEMENT, which it ISN’T.

  • RedBarSoup

    But hey, Ratboy probably thinks Obama WANTS to go over the fiscal cliff….considering his other conspiracy theories I wouldn’t doubt it.

  • Matthew

    “People are living longer and SS pays out more types of benifits than when it was created but it has not kept up with the times.”

    The problem with this argument is that it looks at life expectancy as a whole, and doesn’t take into account the fact that seniors living in poverty have not kept pace with the population as a whole in life expectancy extension.

    Poverty is the single largest blow against your expected life span, besides gender; In other words, it’s worse than being a life-long smoker, worse than being a drinker, worse than being obese. Race is also a factor. For example, a black man of ANY economic status in the United States who was born in 1995 has an average life expectancy of only 65.2 years.

    It’s fine, and even necessary, to make some reforms to SS, but you need to keep in mind that the people who need SS the most are, by and large, NOT living longer.

  • lbsles

    CBO: Current Law Brings 55% Increase in Annual Spending, $4.25T in New Debt–And Record Taxation

    If Congress allows current laws signed by President Barack Obama to stand and follows the fiscal path they have set for the next decade, federal tax revenues will rise to a record level as a percentage GDP, according to the Congressional Budget Office, but annual federal spending will also increase by 55 percent and continuous deficits will require Congress to lift the federal debt limit by another $4.25 trillion even as the government rakes in unprecedented tax revenue.

    Under the so-called “fiscal cliff” scenario, in which all of the Bush tax cuts are allowed to expire and “sequestration” of some anticipated federal spending takes place, the federal government still will not balance its budget.

    In the “baseline projections” published in its latest update on the budget and economic outlook for the period from 2012 to 2022, CBO assumes that “current law” will remain in place.

    This current law includes no patch to spare the middle class from the Alternative Minimum Tax, no extension of the 2-point cut in the Social Security payroll tax, and the expiration of all the tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush as of the first of the year. The current law also includes a deep cut in the fees that Medicare pays to physicians, the end of extended emergency unemployment benefits, and automatic “cuts” to previously anticipated defense and domestic spending starting after the end of the year as negotiated by President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner in the deal they made to lift the debt limit by $2.4 trillion in August 2011.

    In 2012, according to CBO, federal spending was $3.563 trillion. Under current law, it will climb to $5.509 trillion in 2022. That is a $1.946 trillion increase in annual federal spending—or a jump of 55 percent.

    http://cnsnews dot com/news/article/cbo-current-law-brings-55-increase-annual-spending-425t-new-debt-and-record-taxation

  • cathy


    As, I said, I can only speak for the fiscal cliff issues as that is the only topic I watched, Hannity, Oreilly and Maddow discuss. Plus, I never said Oreilly or Hannity were fair and balanced. I’m not that foolish to believe that. I said that Rachel did not even have a republican on. Also I never said I believe Oreilly or Hannity were right or gave me all the correct facts. I don’t believe that, just I’ve found more truly with them on the fiscal cliff, then I found with Rachel.
    Sadly, in this country no one gives us the straight facts. Each channel gives us their view of the facts. And then they tell us what to think about their view.
    And for SS, if everyone who paid into SS was allowed to collect from it once they turned 65 or 67, based on the amount of money they placed into it, then I would agree that it isn’t an entitlement. But because you have to have an income of below a certain amount to collect it and the other rules of the program. It is run as an entitlement.
    Example one: my aunt was laid-off after working 35 years with a company. She could not find a new job, so she moved in with her daughter and watched her grandchildren for the next twelve years. When she turned 65, she went to SS. She was told that she couldn’t get SS because she hadn’t worked in the last twelve years. They didn’t care that she had paid into the system for 35 years before that. Example two: My mother had a job that paid her $50,00 a year in 2000, she was laid off and had to take a min wage job for the next five years. When she went to SS, her SS payments were based on what she made the last three years not what she paid into the system as a whole. Retirement plans are only based on your age and what you placed into them. They are not based on need. SS is based on need.

    As for not talking politics on a TV site. How silly of anyone to say it’s stupid to talk politics on a site that is about the ratings of political TV news.

  • greece2

    all you msners should get a life………

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