Cable News Ratings for Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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December 7th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Wednesday, December 5, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC        1,273        272         535
CNN           361        120         171
MSNBC           627        165         272
CNBC           146         44           86
FBN             60         17           32
HLN           179         77         101
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC        2,372        421         925
CNN           555        135         247
MSNBC        1,209        303         568
CNBC           164         73           94
FBN             44         20           24
HLN           257         88         135
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends        1,290        321         572
CNN Early Start/Starting Point           232        114         139
MSNBC Morning Joe           534        173         243
CNBC Squawk Box           115         39           82
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade           219        136         167
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE        2,007        381         821
CNN SITUATION ROOM           542        155         193
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS        1,086        215         412
CNBC FAST MONEY           128         23           59
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           123         39           43
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER        1,979        350         792
CNN SITUATION ROOM           466        132         169
MSNBC POLITICS NATION           848        228         354
CNBC MAD MONEY           158         57         103
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           167         61           82
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH        1,812        378         856
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           515        144         220
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS           891        273         440
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT           124         27           54
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL           267        113         136
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        3,151        499       1,217
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           646        159         283
MSNBC ED SHOW        1,249        321         618
CNBC COSTCO CRAZE, THE           194         56         108
HLN NANCY GRACE           341        127         144
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY        2,127        375         807
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT           599        117         243
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW        1,339        320         603
CNBC FAKING THE GRADE: CHEATER           115         68           64
HLN DR. DREW ON CALL           254         79         144
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           420        129         214
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL        1,036        270         482
CNBC AMERICAN GREED           182         97         110
HLN NANCY GRACE           176         59         116
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        1,235        429         686
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           309        121         166
MSNBC ED SHOW           575        161         246
CNBC MAD MONEY             76         35           54
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT           152         48           90

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.

  • Hillbilly

    The reaction in financial markets so far has been modest, as investors are seeing right through the headline number and seized upon the fact that the labor force fell by 350,000 last month, while the participation rate also dipped to 63.6%.


  • Hillbilly


    Person Of Interest won it’s time slot. :)

    Lets hope it still does after the adjustments.

  • Hillbilly

    Bill O only cable news show on the list.

    Been like that all week. Bill O is on fire. :razz:

  • cathy

    @1nancy2 Again you are looking at Staten Island as part of NEW YORK CITY. If you go to the Staten Island page you can see how that area voted.

    I wish I was in a dream world created by drugs. I would be happy if all this wasn’t happening in the world. When I say lets just look at how each area voted and see if a link can be found and you libs call me nuts.
    I ask you to explain what Obama has been to make people believe he’s doing a good job and you call me nuts.

    I MUST HAVE A POINT. If you can only call me names and spin the facts by telling me that Staten Island is part of NYC and it voted Dem.
    Please stop proving me right, libs. I so want to be wrong for the good of the country I want to be wrong!

  • Hillbilly

    Fast Affiliate Ratings for Wednesday, December 5, 2012 are delayed due to href=”http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/12/06/wednesday-ratings-delayed/160588/”>processing issues.

    They were hacked. Now we know why MSNBC has been doing so well. Now they have built up their firewall MSNBC will go back to normal. ;)

    Source – AppleStinx :cool:


  • Kendall


    Thanks for the thoughtful response. (I half-expected an incoherent rant from someone on here)

    From what I’ve seen, you are one of the few (conservatives?) on here that comments, rain or shine. Kudos for that. :)

    The demographics were much different during the Reagan years. Also, there are a lot more ideologues today than there were then. The moderates (like myself) have been forced leftward by some (now many) on the extreme right.

    I acknowledge that there are ideologues on the left, and I try to keep my distance from them. But, they aren’t quite as toxic to there side…at least, not yet.

    Do me a favor…explain a few conservative concepts for me (in terms of why they are good for our country).

    1) Right-To-Work: It’s meant to shift bargaining power from unions to employers. How do you prevent against employers exploiting workers? Ex: Walmart.

    2) Cut Taxes for the Rich: What guarantee is there that they’ll create jobs in the U.S.? Why wouldn’t they continue to outsource and make a ton of money? (I’d do it if I ran a company…wouldn’t you?)

    3) Minimum Wage: If we get rid of it, what’s to stop businesses from paying slave wages? And, if they do, won’t that put a bigger burden on social programs like food stamps, SS, and medicaid? Let’s say you cut those programs at the same time…what happens to all of the recipients? Do we line them up against a wall, shoot them, and dump there bodies into a grave? We have to do something with them. That’s the part I never quite understood about the “cut spending” argument. We spend so much on social programs because companies pay such low wages (relative to management and executive pay, as well as the ever-increasing cost of living). Someone PLEASE explain!

    I’ve got a lot more issues/questions, but I’ll get to those later.

  • Hillbilly

    Fast Affiliate Ratings for Wednesday, December 5, 2012 are delayed due to processing issues.

    They were hacked. Now we know why MSNBC has been doing so well. Now they have built up their firewall MSNBC will go back to normal. ;)

    Source – AppleStinx :cool:


  • Joe88

    Awwwww what happen to the msnbc dorks that was so happy about Tuesdays numbers for racheal and odonell!!!!!!! I told you fox always kicks ass!!!!!

  • Mark2

    Holy Cow, Fox News actually won the primetime demo.

    Oh yeah, Maddow was out on Wednesday and Thursday…no wonder.

  • Mark2

    Unemployment rate 7.7%

    Lowest in 4 years.

    Republicans must be pissed.

  • Mark2

    @Hillbilly “Bill O only cable news show on the list”

    NOT!!! Jon Stewart made the Top 25, Colbert made the Top 40, poor O’Reilly finished in last place (100th).

  • Joe88

    Wow the unemployment rate is at 7.7 it’s lowest since 2008 when it was 7.8!!!!!!!! Wow the economy is growing so much at .1 % in the holiday season when people are hiring and Obama is the greatest president ever…………. Pshhhhhhhhh. And mark just so u know, bill o’reilly has been the number show for 12 years. Look at the ratings boy!!!!!

  • Mark


    Maddow had a guest host Wednesday(Chris Hayes). I am surprised the rating actually stayed that high with her out of the chair, grant you I do think Hayes is the best guest host they have.

  • Joe88

    @ mark, and how many times has hannity beaten rachael. Yeah like 96 out of 100 times.

  • Joe88

    Fox won people’s!!!!! End of story!!!!! I’m out!!!! Dueces ;P

  • BevAG


    I am for the Union in private sectors jobs. I am against the Union in government sector jobs.

    There’s no reason for the Union to ever have gone into the government sector. I worked for the government for 25 years and during that period of time the Union came into our government. I worked county government.

    There was no reason for a union. We had EVERYTHING the union was trying to get and mostly got for the private sector. They saw 60,000 new people to get monthly dues from and they saw power in numbers.

    We as government employees already had sick days paid, vacation days paid, all holidays paid. We were well paid hourly or salary. You really couldn’t fire us unless we really did something egregious, and even then it was hard.

    There was only one thing the union could offer the government employees and that was to bolster up their pension packages. The union has been doing that now for the past 20 years. Now government employee pension packages are so way out of line that they’re bankrupting just about every community in the nation and if not bankrupting certainly the government employee packages are a huge part of every city, state and federal government’s financial problems.

    If the unions would have stayed strictly in the private sector where they do the most good, people wouldn’t hate them so much. But most people don’t understand the difference between private sector unions and government unions. When they hear the word “union,” they don’t distinguish the two. They just think that unions are ruining everything when it’s really the unions are just ruining the government budgets, which is a huge problem.

  • Mark2

    @Joe88 “and how many times has hannity beaten rachael. Yeah like 96 out of 100 times”

    Not even close. After the election, Maddow has beat Hannity in the primetime demo on a consistent basis and Lawrence has beaten Greta on a consistent basis.

  • cathy


    Right to Work. All Unions are not good. Many unions especially those in the retail area do nothing for the workers. I worked for a retailer that had a union. I got nothing. I made only $6.50 after you took out union dues. Once a union is in place you can’t get rid of it. So, they can promise workers everything get put in place and get you nothing and you are stuck with them. Right to Work says if you don’t like the union you don’t have to join. So, if a union is getting you better hours and better pay you stay with the union. If not you leave. So, it should make Union perform better for it’s members. I understand what others say. But I believe if a union is doing good by its members people will join.
    Also, many people leave union stores to go and work at Walmart. Walmart pays their employees more money then average union stores. Don’t believe the media. Retail jobs are low paying because the profit margin in retail is only 3% – 5%. That means for each dollar the company spends they only make 3 to 5 cents. Would you risk $1000 of your money to maybe make $30 knowing that you could loss all $1000? No one would run a business where the profit margin is less than 3%. So, there isn’t money to increase employee salaries. The media loves to tell us that Walmart is rich and give us the total profit number. So, when you hear that Walmart made 300,000,000 last year. They had to risk $100,000,000,000 to make it. If Walmart increased salaries their profit margin would fall below 3% and the number of investors would go down. Walmart would have to close stores in low performing areas, which are in poor areas. So, less jobs for the poor.

    Cut Taxes for the Rich: Let’s change this to the truth. Let’s us everyone keep more of the money they earn. OK this is easy. It takes money to make money. For everyday the government take they waste .40 on administration cost. Some every dollar that stays with the people can be used on the economy. The whole dollar not just .60. Creating a business or growing a business is all about risk and reward. If through increasing taxes, the government decreases the reward, people will not risk their money.
    There is not guarantee that this create jobs. But we do have a large number of studies that show it does. But the truth is, it’s not about taxes. It’s about decreasing spending.

  • BevAG

    1. As far as right to work: I say kick the union out of every government job and you won’t have an issue with the union in the private sector jobs. People would then live with that balance of power struggle between the unions/workers and the employers/stockholders. And that’s a beneficial balance of power.

    2. As far as cutting taxes for the rich, I would say that, number one, whenever the government does ANYTHING, the middle class gets hurt the most, the rich get hurt a little bit.

    Like, for instance, this whole tax the rich rhetoric has been real appealing because the Democrats knew it would get the middle class and the poor on their side. It’s so appealing that the people in California not only voted, yes, to taxing those making over $250,000 but they voted a two percent increase at the cash register. That two percent increase is going to hurt the middle class and the poor. That doesn’t bother the rich. That’s just a small example.

    When you tax the rich, they then have less incentive to create more jobs. Most rich know it’s beneficial to create jobs. They want to increase their portfolios. There will always be some that aren’t interested, but at least they’ll be spending. They’ll increase their portfolios in other ways than the obvious creation of jobs.

    Since the rich have extra disposable income, they can spend a lot of money. They create jobs in other ways than the obvious opening a business to create jobs.

    Like I hope Kim Kardasain (sp) spends $500,000 next year on designer purses. When she does that, manufacturers make money, sales people make money. Everyone makes money down the line, and we all love that. I know my girlfriend salesclerk at Sak’s Fifth Avenue loves when the rich spend stupidly on expensive designer handbags. She and her other sales people friends get job security from that. The more the rich spend on stupid stuff, the more my girlfriend makes in commission and every other middle class person at Sak’s.

    Now, you make a dent in rich people’s ability to spend by increasing their taxes so that you can then pump up the federal government employee segment of society, the rich decide to spend less on opulent merchandise or they decide not to invest in businesses. Either way it hurts us middle class.

    To me, I want the rich to spend and spend. Let them buy cars, houses, have lavish parties, whatever floats their boats. That employs salespeople, construction workers, car dealerships, party and event planners and all that goes with it. Each one of the rich is an industry in themselves and that industry keeps us all working and making decent livings. (And as an aside off the subject all that spending doesn’t making them happier people. I know wealthy people and have done business with some. They are no happier than you and me. They have the same issues we have, except MAYBE less money issues).

  • Mark


    here is my argument for why Unions should exist everywhere


    Basically it shows a graph of the decline of unions over the last 40+ years as well as the decline of the Middle Class sharing the wealth over the last 40+ years.

    Coincidence? I say not

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