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.

  • BevAG

    We were looking at some property. Elmore City was one of them. That’s about an hour out of OK City. But I’d like to live more in the city. I love living in the suburbs but being close to what the city has to offer.

    I think we’ll look at Tulsa tonight. I’ve only ever driven through Tulsa about 30 years ago.

    After the first of the year, we’re going to be traveling to OK, TN and Texas. I need to find a place also to house my mother and an uncle. Both of them have their own homes now, but I know within the next five years they’ll be living with me.

  • BevAG

    @Letmethink – When is the president going to say something about the union preacher threatening to follow the children of the governor of Michigan

    You would think SOME decent Lefties would be upset about that. But not one peep. But if Sarah Palin said a state was in her cross hairs without being specific, the Left would be ALL over that. Oh, that’s right. Palin did say that and the Left was all over her calling her all kinds of names, calling her violent and inciting violence.

    But you have the Union threatening to stalk a specific governor’s children, and not one word. I guess the Left doesn’t find that inciting violence. The Left are such hypocrits.

  • Bigjon

    CNN is still the leader on breaking news items, fox still strong msnbc should call it a day when big news hits. Let us use pool reporters in Conn. all the other reporters head home. Let those poor people grieve on their own.

  • Michael

    Crackhead ‘Sam’ has spoken !
    Sam get off the crack , your ignorance shows with each post.

  • Matthew

    “That tells you they’re smart, independent people. They’re not people that need government to take care of them. ”

    That’s curious, sense 17% of Oklahoma’s population is on food stamps, versus say…10%, in California. It’s almost as if elections are more complex than that, and you’re simply coming to the conclusion that most readily feeds into your vanity.

  • Matthew


  • bob

    actually, canada does have fox news, I have it

  • Bobbyv

    Just throwing something out there: Do people hesitate to compromise simply because they do not want to see the other side “win”? If the other side was magnanimous, whichever side you are on, and did not gloat I wonder if we would be more willing to compromise.

  • Bobbyv

    For those who hate Billo you should watch him now with a pro-gun guy

  • Joe

    Ralph is a loser who says the same thing everyday of his life. Who trusts a network that said Romney would win in a landslide lol? Obama won Ralphy. Get over it and move on. Fox is just for ancient people who live in the 1950’s.

  • Mark2

    Wow…Bill O’Reilly is pretty much taking a Liberal/Progressive stance on Gun Control. There is a God.

    He mentioned that kids are 13 times more likely to be killed by a Gun in America than in other Industrialized Countries.

    He also mentioned that there are now over 300 million guns on the streets and in our homes.

  • Lance

    CNN still draws viewers when big news breaks and partisan politics are put aside. Too bad they hired Jeff Zucker because I still believe CNN could be competitive again in the right hands. But Zucker will probably blow it just like he did at NBC/Universal.

  • Stan T

    Listening to Mr Ed on MSNBC….he cracks me up….complaining that there is currently no federal assault rifle ban…but neglects to say that the ban ended in 2010, when Obama and the dems were too busy with Obamacare to renew it….

    Keep in mind, that the left is so busy complaining about gun bans, they can’t see an obvious point about these mass shootings…none of them take place at police stations or gun ranges, they take place in posted gun free zones…but they can’t see beyond their ban guns agenda to see the facts…

    Facts like Norway has the strictest gun control laws in the world, yet a crazed killer killed 91 people who were unable to defend themselves. or the recent movie incident, where the shooter passed up 3 other theatres before settling for the one he entered, because it had a sign posted saying “gun free zone”.

    They also ignore the fact that most guns that Mr. Ed and the rest of the braindead say are “assault weapons” aren’t even assault weapons. They think every semi-automatic is automatically an assault rifle…I owned a semi-automatic weapon when I was a kid…it was a 22 caliber long rifle, designed as a target weapon. It held 16 rounds…but by the definition the left is using, even that was an assault weapon. That’s what’s wrong with the left, they’re either idiots, like the hosts on MSNBC, or they’re blind to the facts, which included Obama, and most every democratic politician in the country…

  • Bobbyv


    You know better than I on the Lib/Progressive stance. I have heard you talk about automatic weapons, not sure if all on the left feel that way or if they want to go further.

  • Stan T

    Posted December 17, 2012 at 5:16 PM
    Wow…Bill O’Reilly is pretty much taking a Liberal/Progressive stance on Gun Control. There is a God.

    He mentioned that kids are 13 times more likely to be killed by a Gun in America than in other Industrialized Countries.

    He also mentioned that there are now over 300 million guns on the streets and in our homes.


    13 times more likely than other countries…but we have 30-50 times more people…so there’s suppose to be a point? They always leave out the little facts, when trying to make a point that doesn’t stand up to the facts.

  • Sam

    @ Michael,

    “Crackhead ‘Sam’ has spoken !
    Sam get off the crack , your ignorance shows with each post.”

    Thanks for the complement Fox News fanboy.

  • Letmethink


    Oklahoma 10.5 food stamps–among the lowest on food stamps

  • Matthew

    “13 times more likely than other countries…but we have 30-50 times more people…”

    …errr, what? Total population size is not at all relevant when you’re looking at the per-capita probability of an event occurring. For example, you’re 131 times more likely to die of gun-related violence in America than you are in Japan, despite similar population sizes.

  • Matthew

    “Oklahoma 10.5 food stamps–among the lowest on food stamps”

    Unless something is massively wrong with my browser, that link is showing 16.6% for Oklahoma.

  • Diamond Dave

    A) O’Reilly is an Independent.

    B) Fox News did not say Romney would win in a landslide. All their polls showed a close race, or Obama ahead. Only two people said Romney would win in a landslide, and they were pollsters and Fox News contributors.

    If people want to insult them, at least get your facts straight.

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