Cable News Ratings for Friday, December 14, 2012

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December 17th, 2012

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Friday, December 14, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,796            475            821
CNN       1,286            521            635
MSNBC         669            221            321
CNBC         152             45             79
FBN           50             10             24
HLN         368            157            196
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,651            636         1,156
CNN       2,293            952         1,226
MSNBC         949            302            494
CNBC         200            115            115
FBN           37             12             20
HLN         560            170            264
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,139            304            533
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         186             81            120
MSNBC Morning Joe         464            137            209
CNBC Squawk Box           98             46             62
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         242            148            180
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SR/CONNECTICUT SHOOTING       2,940            686         1,342
CNN SITUATION ROOM       2,966         1,226         1,405
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,326            390            660
CNBC MONEY IN MOTION         130             12             34
CNBC OPTIONS ACTION         166             35             89
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         601            251            289
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       3,157            835         1,425
CNN SITUATION ROOM       2,837         1,091         1,371
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         875            312            425
CNBC MAD MONEY         134             34             64
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         551            228            267
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       2,811            780         1,295
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT       2,269            837         1,025
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         761            258            406
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         189             38            101
HLN TRADING THE GLOBE         108               6             53
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       3,396            804         1,396
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360       2,659         1,016         1,331
MSNBC ED SHOW         858            254            447
CNBC HOW I MADE MY MILLIONS         144             71             73
HLN NANCY GRACE         695            220            375
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       2,525            601         1,099
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT       2,255            926         1,237
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       1,214            377            622
CNBC CRIME INC: A DEADLY HIGH         213            127            129
HLN DR. DREW ON CALL         595            180            259
HLN NANCY GRACE         752            219            306
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       2,018            503            971
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360       1,963            914         1,108
MSNBC MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE         773            275            413
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         243            146            142
HLN DR. DREW ON CALL         312             91            133
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,507            510            856
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT       1,489            706            842
MSNBC ED SHOW         559            233            337
CNBC MAD MONEY           65             35             47
HLN NANCY GRACE MYSTERIES         245             84            143

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.

  • Ralph Hahn

    CNN big winner. No surprise.

  • Ralph Hahn

    MSNBC in a tail-spin. OUCH! That’s gotta hurt!!!

  • Sam

    The 2nd amendment 1791:
    Americans shall bear arms to face tyranny , AKA the British

    The 2nd amendment 2012:
    Americans shall bear arms to face tyranny, AKA the zombie apocylpce

    Of course we need guns , those British been invading us since the Beatles , and now Piers Morgan … Actually we need more guns… Every American should have the right to own Bazookas .

  • Tama

    Well we know who people don’t turn to when watching breaking news events

  • Ralph Hahn

    FOX News. Most watched on Friday. Total audience. REgardless of age, more people trust FNC for this type of coverage.

  • REM



  • Dave

    Ralph,don’t act so stupid.Just think, the crazies at FOX will be blaming this whole tragedy on President Obama in a few days.
    I think the NRA and FOX should both be named terrorist organizations.They both try and undermine our Republic.
    Remember the lies about the election?
    CNN always does well when people want facts.

  • Dennis

    Whats really funny about watching these numbers is it’s like
    Fox has the same right wing wac jobs watch everyday. But CNN
    actually presents news which only works when special news events
    occur. Canada does not even carry Fake News.Just the same wac jobs
    watch everyday

  • Mark2

    No surprise here.

    CNN wins both Demos for Total Day and Primetime.

    Even MSNBC cable viewers tune in to CNN when Breaking News happens.

    But things will be back to normal this week.

  • Carmen

    This is the normal pattern whenever there is a major news story.

    CNN = Gets huge numbers in relation to there normal viewing pattern. They have the name recognition and get the casual viewers interested in the big story.

    FoxNews = Some increase, usually stays even with or ahead of the CNN spike.

    MSNBC = It has been shown time and time again that few trust them with big stories. They come close to actually losing viewers. . .except for there hard core.

  • Letmethink

    Early Start/Starting Point 186—pitiful numbers–

  • BevAG

    Wow!!! MSNBC took a beating. People don’t trust them with news, which I don’t blame them. CNN did fabulously. FNC did wonderfully as well.

  • Letmethink

    BevAg–still looking to move? Oklahoma–not one county voted for obama–

  • Mark2


    That’s only because of the Shootings…where you living under a rock on Friday or did you not hear about that, lol.

  • Mark2

    Breaking News:

    Fox News just aired Polls that showed Americans want Stricter Gun Control.

    I’m very surprised they actually aired that.

    I guess what Murdoch wants, Murdoch gets.

  • BevAG

    I love Fox News, and I’m not a right wing nut job. I’m a fiscal conservative.

    California has a Democrat super majority!! This is so great. We’re watching all these Democrat tax-the-rich-and-everyone-else-and-spend-a-lot solutions just ruin the great state of California. California is sitting on the fiscal cliff and we’re now spiraling.

    One of the State Democrat Senators wants to now, on top of EVERYTHING else, increase our DMV car registration fees. We already have the highest car registration fees in the nation.

    Yeah, you guys can say anything you want about Republicans, but the Democrats are taxing and spending California to non-existence. I always thought it was going to be the major earthquake that would take us down. It’s turning out it’s the Democrats who are taking us down.

  • BevAG


    Yes, I saw that. We’re looking at OK. Right now our choices are OK, TN and Texas. OK has some very nice land. It’s very flat, though. But you can get a lot of land, like 40 acres with a house for about $200,000.

    And I love the fact that not ONE county voted for Obama. That tells you they’re smart, independent people. They’re not people that need government to take care of them. Those are the people I like to be around.

  • Letmethink

    @BevAg–look at Tulsa–beautiful

  • BevAG

    Mark, obviously you were under your rock on Friday because I was here on this board on Friday talking about the shootings.

  • Letmethink

    @BevAg-Those are the people I like to be around.
    Me too–if Texas goes Blue we will be moving also!!
    When is the president going to say something about the union preacher threatening to follow the children of the governor of Michigan

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