Cable News Ratings for Thursday, December 6, 2012

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December 7th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Thursday, December 6, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC        1,199        271         532
CNN           388        132         178
MSNBC           624        180         278
CNBC           175         47           97
FBN             59         16           30
HLN           175         72           94
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC        2,056        373         817
CNN           626        162         251
MSNBC        1,188        313         563
CNBC           252         97         160
FBN             57         23           34
HLN           298        144         188
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends        1,137        258         536
CNN Early Start/Starting Point           301        163         174
MSNBC Morning Joe           537        189         241
CNBC Squawk Box           104         29           63
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade           218        107         137
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE        1,897        464         877
CNN SITUATION ROOM           476        140         223
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS        1,018        223         447
CNBC FAST MONEY           178         20           76
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           102         43           55
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER        1,862        390         788
CNN SITUATION ROOM           444        120         206
MSNBC POLITICS NATION           863        215         363
CNBC MAD MONEY           191         94         117
HLN EVENING EXPRESS             96         24           43
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH        1,728        369         743
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           536        171         227
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS           939        245         451
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT           145         25           56
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL           237         48         122
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        2,854        447       1,098
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           636        177         284
MSNBC ED SHOW        1,269        283         587
CNBC FILTHY RICH           252         72         149
HLN NANCY GRACE           307        114         207
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY        1,845        355         733
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT           755        168         278
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW        1,134        317         546
CNBC AMER GREED THE FUGITIVES           211         94         134
HLN WHAT WOULD YOU DO           245        129         136
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           486        140         190
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL        1,160        341         557
CNBC AMERICAN GREED           288        124         190
HLN WHAT WOULD YOU DO           343        191         221
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        1,142        291         570
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           348        116         176
MSNBC ED SHOW           653        205         328
CNBC MAD MONEY           101         46           70
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT           214        113         120

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.

  • Hillbilly


    POI adjusted down 3 tenths. :mad:

  • cathy

    @1966 Thanks….. My brother played that song every time my boyfriend come over when we were teens. Good mems.

    @red, did you check the URL? We could be getting different result. But the first site that comes up calls itself a NASA site but the URL is not to the official NASA site.

    My son is an Aerospace student working with a space telescope group. And I know through him they talk about the Sun’s alignment to the center of MWG.

    I do think that all the planets aligned, (a straight line from planet to planet to the sun) in 1982. And at that time, people were saying the world was going to end. There will be an end to the earth one day. Hopefully not for 5 billion years when the sun starts to die.

  • Hillbilly

    Posted December 7, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Soon I’ll be asking to be paid for doing your job. :grin:

    Only 2 programs from cable news channels on the daily cable list: The Five and O’Reilly Factor.


    Ratboy will cover it. :)

  • Hillbilly

    AppleStinx – The ‘Colbert Report’ and ‘Daily Show’ don’t appear on any cable news program ranker that I know of. They play in a different league. When they come over to any of the channels at the top of this post, they’ll be contenders.


    I gave up trying to explain that to a person who gets their news from “Comedy Central.” :lol:

    Then their comparing the 18-49 demo to make their point. I don’t see the 18-49 demo on this page. I guess I’m overlooking it. ;)

  • Hillbilly

    AppleStinx – Well, are “The Colbert Report” or “Daily Show” on a cable news channel? Yes or No.


    I see they ducked the question. :lol:

    I’ll see if they answer this one. How many times have the “The Colbert Report” or “Daily Show” been in the weekly top 25 cable ratings?

  • Hillbilly

    The Five number 1 show on Thursday!

    I see their back in their regular studio. They moved so Fox & Friends could shoot their Christmas show in that studio.

  • Hillbilly

    RedBarSoup – Why would you NOT consider Colbert and Stewart to 90% of Fox News, 90% of Fox News is opinion/entertainment shows,


    For the last time. When FNC, CNN, or MSNBC makes the daily cable ratings it’s news. Their cable news shows. The only way you make the list is to have a rating in the 18-49 demo that ranks in the top 100. Cable news doesn’t target the 18-49 demo. If they did you would see those numbers above.

    If Colbert and Stewart started a downward trend & didn’t make the daily cable ratings how long would it be before they were cancelled? FNC, CNN, or MSNBC wouldn’t cancel a show because it doesn’t do well in the 18-49 demo. Your comparing apples to oranges.

    Cable news main demo 25-54 (I still think 35-64 matters to somebody because their counted)

    Comedy Central main demo 18-49 & I’m guessing they consider the 25-54 demo.

    When The Colbert Report or Daily Show start showing up under this category then I’ll post them when I do the daily top 100 for cable. Until they do its not news they make the list. In fact its news if they don’t.

  • Hillbilly

    If you want to say Colbert and Stewart are like the prime time shows on cable news that’s fine. It’s a rather week comparison/argument IMO. Colbert and Stewart are out to get laughs. You might say the cable news prime time shows are a joke, but their goal is not to get laughs.

    The closest thing to Colbert and Stewart on FNC is Redeye. They come on at 3am.

  • AppleStinx


    Who knows they would change their minds when they don’t find Colbert and Stewart ranked as a cable news program at HuffPo. By the way, Steward should average enough total viewers to kick most of MSNBC’s shows down the HuffPo rankings. :wink:

  • Hillbilly

    Maybe the new guy at CNN will give one of them a boat load of money to report the news. Then we can see an apples to apples comparison. Heck just bring their shows to CNN & see how they do in the 25-54 demo.

  • Hillbilly


    Lebron James had a triple double the other night. Wonder if it will help him win the Heisman Trophy. ;)


  • Mark2

    This video of Ted Olson debating Chris Wallace is for the morning crew. After seeing this video, I trully believe that Conservative Ted Olson will win over the Supreme Court Justices and make Gay Marriage legal nationwide once and for all. This guy is an amazing debater, just listen to him.

  • AppleStinx

  • 1966
  • 1966

    it’s his 69th birtday today if he would of lived.

  • Karla

    Goodness all the back & forth over 1 night of Cable Shows and comparison of a Cable News Channel Show vs a Comedy Central Show is one that has a SMH quality to it. Below are the final #’s for top 10 CABLE News shows for November(the whole month)Did not include the channels as they are all FOXN except Rachel on MSNBC

    NOVEMBER’ 12 (LIVE+SD) FINAL Competitive Program Analysis (excluding breaking news & specials)NOVEMBER ’12 FINAL (10/29/12-11/23/12)

    The O’Reilly Factor
    Spcl Rprt w/B Baier
    Fox Report w/S/Smith
    On the Record w/Greta
    Your World w/NCavuto
    America’s Newsroom
    Rachel Maddow Show
    Stufio B w/S/Smith

  • AppleStinx


    Thanks for the reminders. Are you sure that Jim Morrison is dead? :smile:
    I was listening to ‘Riders on the Storm’ and thought of Sandy. And Chris Matthews. I bet he had a thrill or two up his legs when he claimed to be glad for Sandy. :wink:

  • Jeff D.

    Looks like fat Eddie(or whatever he calls himself)is the anchor around the neck of msnbc. He’s failed in every time slot they put him in.
    Chris don’t do them any favors ether.

  • Mark

    If you want to say Colbert and Stewart are like the prime time shows on cable news that’s fine. It’s a rather week comparison/argument IMO. Colbert and Stewart are out to get laughs. You might say the cable news prime time shows are a joke, but their goal is not to get laughs.
    I say they(Stewart, Colbert and prime time news channel shows) are the same(and you can through Bill Maher into this group) because all the shows are for entertainment purposes, not actual news programs.

  • Mark

    I think the only think that makes Colbert and Stewart different then stuff on MSNBC, FOX or CNN is they don’t claim to be news, they are fairly open to what exactly they are.

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