Cable News Ratings for Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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December 13th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Wednesday, December 12, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,228            249            483
CNN         334            108            148
MSNBC         515            141            244
CNBC         200             59            103
FBN           61             12             25
HLN         180             64             97
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,159            337            748
CNN         412            134            209
MSNBC         923            258            475
CNBC         276            166            175
FBN           46             18             23
HLN         233             78            131
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,275            298            594
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         244             99            143
MSNBC Morning Joe         518            156            268
CNBC Squawk Box         159             44             92
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         177             99            133
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,874            343            714
CNN SITUATION ROOM         505            120            177
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         958            208            428
CNBC FAST MONEY         164             29             68
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         174             36             66
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,872            337            662
CNN SITUATION ROOM         414            121            192
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         792            188            342
CNBC MAD MONEY         209             67            115
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         123             35             59
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,669            304            619
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         398            136            200
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         800            156            323
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         166             31             69
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         255             71            137
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,906            447         1,009
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         472            163            246
MSNBC ED SHOW         984            253            486
CNBC MARIJUANA USA         173             82            115
HLN NANCY GRACE         300            114            164
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       1,924            292            644
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         455            132            225
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW         901            246            481
CNBC HOTEL: BEHIND MARRIOTT         376            230            241
HLN DR. DREW ON CALL         218             62            119
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,628            274            583
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         310            107            155
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         883            276            458
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         278            186            168
HLN NANCY GRACE         182             58            111
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,338            305            555
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         267            102            133
MSNBC ED SHOW         448            146            236
CNBC MAD MONEY         101             64             70
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         148             52             83

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.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Ooooh. The MSNBC folks on the 3rd floor of the GE Building are about to climb and jump off the tree in Rockefeller Center. Their ratings are falling faster than the jump, though.

    Recalling the late-President Gerald Ford after his predessor Richard Nixon resigned in 1974: “Our long national nightmare is over.” It applies to MSDNC’s fall off of its brief perch in the 25-54 demo between 9-11pm. The Election must be truly over. Conservatives like me have come out of our malaise (a Jimmy Carter word) and watching more FNC commentary shows.

    As the freaking “child” Joe says here: “Nah, nah, nah, NAH, nah.” Your spins only seem to get yourself dizzier. Figures don’t lie, but liar’s figure. He seems to believe the HE and his ilk “won the election.” Well, by a few million votes, Obama got to keep his job and the Republicans got to keep their control over the House. Hurry! Grow up already.

  • Matthew

    And I say that, BTW, who does not remotely buy into sovereign debt hysteria. Interest is lower than inflation, and the greatest threat to American debt’s continual appeal as an investment is the tremendous incompetence of present federal leadership, particularly in regards to embarrassing public posturing, and the 24/7 campaign mentality.

  • Mark2

    @Hillbilly “With FNC dropping drastically & MSNBC numbers have improved exponentially their still losing to FNC. Ouch!!! That’s gotta hurt”

    Doesn’t hurt at all. It just shows me that the times are a changin’. And that Fox News is slipping while MSNBC is improving…that’s a good thing.

  • Matthew

    *^— …as someone who does not

  • Ralph Hahn

    BTW…when Clinton took the White House in 1992, Rush Limbaugh’s ratings skyrocketed. Sure, Rush’s guy G.W. Bush did not win a second term, but Limbaugh got to whip the Dems around a little every day.

    So, Obama’s re-election is NOT exactly a GOOD thing for MSNBS.

  • joe88

    mark2, last year doesnt matter. what matters is now. 11 straight years fox is still the most watch cable news station. the election is over so those msnbc ratings will drop dramatically next year. OUCH THATS GOTTA HURT…….. and FOX IS ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BevAG


    But if Fox News is the most watched Cable News show, how is it that Obama won? LOL


    Obama won because the Democrats had a better get out the vote drive that they’ve been working at very heavily for four years. The Republicans who should have been in the know missed that unfortunately (which ticks me off, but it’s done).

    Make no mistake, this election was NOT a mandate that the country is accepting of all this governmental intrusion in our lives and governmental spending. The low ratings of MSNBC is an indicator of that as well as many other indicators.

  • Hillbilly

    2012 numbers

    Total – $3,803 billion

    Divide by 12 = $316 billion monthly

    Divide by 4 = $79 weekly


    So the high end of $100 billion (yearly) of increasing taxes on the rich is really going to help. :roll:

    Thanks for catching my mistake Mark2.

  • Matthew

    “Make no mistake, this election was NOT a mandate that the country is accepting of all this governmental intrusion in our lives and governmental spending. ”

    Blah blah blah. Government didn’t magically grow and start intruding into your life four years ago, it’s been doing that for twelve years, and not a single Republican candidate besides Ron Paul ran against that trend.

  • joe88

    if obama won and fox news is still number one, it means fox reports the truth and people watch them because of it. they dont cover up things like benghazi to save the presidents ass. they tell the world whats going on.

  • AppleStinx

    Hillbilly wrote: “Another day with no cable news shows on the list.”

    I hold you responsible. :razz:

  • usa8888

    Fox continues to attract a huge number of very old audience, which advertisers don’t pay for. MSBNC’s audience is much younger and what the agencies want, unless we are talking about Fred Thompson and reverse mortgages…

  • Ralph Hahn

    @mark2: Looks like you have a hundred mathematicians attempting to futz with the ratings numbers. Your OWN breakout numbers from last year and this year. If BS was gold, you would live in Fort Knox.

  • BevAG


    We all know that President Bush was a bigger government guy than we would have liked. BUT that doesn’t even compare to what President Obama’s done in four years. He’s spent more than every president combined from George Washington to George W. Bush, and his policies are more intrusive than any other president except Roosevelt.

  • BevAG

    LOL with Ralph Hahn. That’s funny!!! Good one, Ralph.

  • usa8888

    The right wing is doing everything possible to insure that their voter suppression strategy is up and running again for the 2014 and 2016. The Koch bros and Edelson have concluded that if you suppress the vote (l.e., make the lines long and complicate the voting process), some will be discouraged from voting. This along with the GOP’s new gerrymandering straegy are keys….

  • Mark2

    @Joe and Bev

    If Fox News is the most watched cable show and Rush Limbaugh is the most listened to radio show, how is it that they failed so badly in getting a Republican in office? LMAO

  • usa8888

    Bev–the spending was causued by Bush’s unfunded wars, drug plan and tax cuts. Further, as you should know, spending is a GOOD thing in a bad recession or depression. The right t-bags don’t have the economics education to comnprehend this….

  • Mark2

    The reason why Fox News numbers have dropped so drastically over the past year is because more and more people don’t trust them. Especially after that whole Karl Rove, Sean Hannity and D/ick Morris debacle.

  • Hillbilly


    My budget proposal.

    Freeze spending & cut one penny across the board for 5 years. Each year that gets $100 billion. Close ALL loopholes & deductions for 5 years. Some (Simpson Bowles plan) have said each year that gets $1 trillion yearly. In 5 years you have a $4.2 trillion surplus. In year 4 those running for POTUS can run on what they will do with the surplus & how they will continue to keep the budget balanced. I’m basing this on a $1.3 trillion deficit.

    year 1 – $200 billion deficit

    year 2 – $900 billion surplus

    year 3 – $2 trillion surplus

    year 4 – $3.1 trillion surplus

    year 5 – $4.2 trillion surplus

    Now my math might be off. I’m sure you will correct me if it is.


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