Cable News Ratings for Monday, December 17, 2012

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December 18th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for December 17, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC        1,149        270         520
CNN           630        242         334
MSNBC           603        179         268
CNBC           187         54           98
FBN             55         14           29
HLN           233        109         129
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC        1,829        381         735
CNN           901        321         427
MSNBC        1,038        276         430
CNBC           208         98         132
FBN             42         16           25
HLN           352        154         187
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends        1,128        271         534
CNN Early Start/Starting Point           376        166         240
MSNBC Morning Joe           614        241         303
CNBC Squawk Box           138         38         100
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade           202        139         157
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE        1,837        392         812
CNN SITUATION ROOM           797        289         436
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS        1,112        199         463
CNBC FAST MONEY           208         42           98
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           181         40           36
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER        1,953        377         778
CNN SITUATION ROOM           776        281         420
MSNBC POLITICS NATION           868        183         317
CNBC MAD MONEY           221         86         119
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           199         53           61
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH        1,472        310         627
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           854        310         469
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS           869        246         343
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT           140         44           50
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL           307        129         135
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        2,569        489         906
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360        1,012        344         475
MSNBC ED SHOW        1,074        272         451
CNBC HOTEL: BEHIND MARRIOTT           178         68         113
HLN NANCY GRACE           433        209         242
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY        1,606        387         718
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT           962        309         420
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW        1,159        340         495
CNBC APOCALYPSE 2012           224        138         153
HLN DR. DREW ON CALL           310        126         156
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           729        310         386
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL           881        217         343
CNBC AMERICAN GREED           222         88         130
HLN NANCY GRACE           313        128         163
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        1,039        281         534
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           743        382         415
MSNBC ED SHOW           487        172         217
CNBC MAD MONEY           106         50           60
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT           195         89         108

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.

  • Tama

    Viewers are still tuning out MSNBC and going elsewhere for news coverage instead of propaganda coverage.

  • BevAG

    MSNBC is take a bit of a beating. I guess people are learning that MSNBC is just an arm of the White House. (Astute people don’t like that).

    Ouch!!! That’s got to hurt! ::grin:::

  • marvin

    I must give credit where credit is due and say that Erin Burnett had a GREAT show last night reporting fatcs relating to the Sandy Hook atrocity (at least until the last 10 minutes, when she teased that a gun control rant was coming. I left immediately at that point.)

  • HRJ

    Can’t we all just get along?

    After the Newtown, CT ((Sandy Hook) story dies down, politial news will come back. When that happens, MSNBC will continue the climb that it had prior to the shoting.

  • 1966

    hannity wins again
    lol at hrj

  • Mark2

    It looks like MSNBC and CNN are ganging up on Fox News.

    It looks like Fox News is also losing some of those older viewers to CNN.

    Of course things will be back to normal by the end of the week.

  • Mark2


    The best show I’ve seen so far covering all angles has been Anderson Cooper.

    He’s the best in the business when it comes to covering breaking news.

  • Kendall


    Do you think that FNC is an arm of the RNC? Or, do you just believe that they are simply a conservative news network and not necessarily coordinating with the Republican Party?

    I agree that MSNBC is resistant (if not completely opposed) to criticizing this administration…that’s for sure!!! But, what strikes me about FNC is that it ALWAYS criticizes the current Administration. The law of averages state that the president will do SOMETHING right every now and again.

    I guess what I’m saying is that FNC is guilty of exactly the same thing as MSNBC. I remember the coverage at FNC during the Bush presidency. All they ever did was defend Bush and attack his critics…a carbon copy of what MSNBC is doing now. It’s a stunning turn of events, a quite a humorous thing to behold, IMO. :)

  • cathy

    Is CNN only covering the Sandy Hook story or Are they covering other news like the fiscal cliff?

    Wow, CNN is showing the shooters home. What a nice house!

  • usa8888

    FKox News continues to collapse when normal news days occur. What keeps Fox from losing everything is a huge preponderance of old viewers….. Think Hannity and Greta are history and did you see how Bill O changed his views on guns once Rupert came out against them????

  • DB

    usa8888 and Mark2, do you two live in the same alternative universe or have you each created your own??

  • Mark2


    We actually remember what Fox News numbers used to be and there no where near those levels. Whereas MSNBC numbers for this month are way higher than they were this time last year.

  • clinging to my god

    DB BWHAAAAA…Good One !!!!!

  • clinging to my god

    ‘Way higher’ doesn’t cut it…Fox was still the most watched cable news in the month of November and in all of the year of 2012 ….it’s fun watching MSNBC tanking this and last week….

  • cathy

    @DB – I believe USA8888 and Mark2 are the same person. But I could be wrong because Mark 2 does have some truth in his posts at times.

    So, I just saw CNN cover fiscal cliff news. Way to go CNN! It was very far and balanced. I am shocked. I have not watched CNN since Clinton was in office.

  • Ralph Hahn

    As Neil Diamond sang “Use-to-be’s don’t count anymore, they just lay on the floor ’til we sweep them away.”

    Funny how the MSNBC Gang of Four here compares Fox’s previous numbers with today’s only after FNC has kicked MESS’NBC’s ass yesterday, that’s pretty fricken sad.

    FOX was #1 in the demo in every time slot above except tying with CNN at 7pm. Erin Outfront, no less. And, HRJ: We CAN get along if you see the light and admit that MSNBC won’t continue its Election time “climb.” Not until maybe 2014, the next year of national elections.


    @marvin and @mark2

    I gotta go with mark2 on this one… nobody has covered this better than AC360. Never really cared for that Burnett girl. You would think CNN could hire more grown-ups.

  • usa8888

    As we watch Fox continue to tank and MSNBC come on strong, we see Boehner trying to persuade his right wing radicals in the House to do what the American people want: enact Obama’s fascal cliff solution. But the right wing does not get it–that’s why they lost so badly in the election. That’s why Rove couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the results going democtratic. He ordered all the Fox news people to check into it further, sending Megan Kelly doown to interview the Fox statisticians. Of course, the statisticians knew the GOP had lost badly. This, in spite of the GOP’s voter supression strategy……

  • clinging to my god

    I think we’re starting to get to Mark 2 or usa8888 or whoever…they’re starting to crack up now….another hour of watching O’Reilly will send them over the edge… giggle

  • AppleStinx

    usa8888 wrote: “…did you see how Bill O changed his views on guns once Rupert came out against them????”

    How did Bill change his views on guns?

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