Cable News Ratings For Saturday-Sunday, December 15-16, 2012

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December 18th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Ratings for Saturday & Sunday, December 15-16, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,392            363            665
CNN       1,561            632            827
MSNBC         523            212            260
CNBC         161             62             97
FBN           30             13             17
HLN         375            143            209
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,354            266            580
CNN       1,641            633            906
MSNBC         455            176            227
CNBC         224             78            142
FBN           44             11             17
HLN         343            104            171
P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC         848            190            374
CNN       1,192            482            651
MSNBC         424            182            214
CNBC         279            119            146
FBN           28               5               9
HLN         264            113            157
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,223            246            474
CNN       2,668            966         1,318
MSNBC         715            246            367
CNBC         439            197            216
FBN           55               7             16
HLN         375            152            172

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.

  • Doug

    Wow, CNN won with much bigger margins on the weekend than it did on Friday, especially in the demo.

  • Patrick W.

    CNN did well with the school shootings but it probably won’t last and they’ll drop back to 3rd place overall again. Foxnews will be back on top again.

  • AppleStinx

    Saturdays and Sundays are normally tough days for Fox News to crack.

  • Victor Victoria

    CNN is a one trick pony-no disaster no ratings

  • cathy

    Wow that is sad for MSNBC. People don’t trust them to report real news.

    There was a run on the gun stores this weekend. Are any of us surprised?

  • joe

    At MSNBC they talked about having a discussion about gun control. They then have liberals on to trash the NRA. That is a discussion.

  • Pundit

    The slaughter of innocents helps CNN’s bottom line — even if it reported the WRONG MAN as the killer. The worse its coverage, the better its ratings. Way to go, audience.

  • Diamond Dave

    I’m going to defend the cable news networks mistakenly getting the name of the murderer wrong.

    Today is not like the old days. With the boom of information technology and the 24 hour news cycle, every bit if information from any part of the globe is instantaneously available to the entire world. News networks have to compete to be relevant. If that means reporting information as soon as it comes in without validating it, then that’s what they have to do. In the old days when we had to wait until noon, 6, and 11 to get our news, the major networks had the luxury to fact check everything before they reported it. Nowadays, if you don’t have any info now, viewers will go to the next channel to get it. That’s why on-air reporters try to be sure to include phrases like “according to sources” or “allegedly”, knowing that the info they’ve been provided might change at any time. It’s now the unfortunate nature of the business.

  • cathy

    @Matthew – I believe what something was initially designed to do is not important. We need to look at what it is used for by the owner. I say this because creating weapons for war has driven numerous inventions of items that have evolved into different uses.
    Rockets were created to deliver bombs. But they are now used more to put satellites into space. Satellites were developed to spy on our enemies and improve military communication. They are now used to send information like radio, tv and other communication to the average person.
    Large range aircraft were first developed by the military to bomb cities. But later they were used as passenger planes.

    I use aircraft here to draw a parallel. These large aircraft were first designed and development to bomb cities and kill many people. But now most are used to transport people or items.
    Guns were first designed and development to kill people. But now people privately own guns for protection, hunting or enjoyment from using them at a shooting range.
    On 9/11/2001 four airliners were used to kill 2,996 people
    There was no out cry to banned airliners. But it did change many ways the airlines, air traffic and airports are operated today.
    On 12/14/2012 an AR-15 is used to kill 20 children and 6 adults in a school.
    Before the gun smoke had cleared, people were calling for a ban on guns. The politicians are only looking at gun control as the answer.
    Both of these items started out as killing machines. But have different uses today.
    Why can’t the people of the U.S. use the 9/11 attack as an example of how to find a solution to the school shootings? We realized on 9/11 it was the terrorist not the airliners that caused this attack. It use a man that attacked Sandy Hook. The tool he used was a gun. How do we limit evils access to guns with the less impact to responsible gun owners?
    Maybe there is a high tech answer? Can you put a microchip in guns and develop a tracking system that alerts police when these guns are close to schools, hospitals or malls?

  • Laurence Glavin

    MSNBC is paying the price of its former owner’s decision to depart from news and to run prison shows. When there’s breaking news on the weekend, even regular MSNBC viewers like me can’t be sure there will be the kind of coverage as is usually found on CNN. (The ONLY show I ever watch on CNN, Howard Kurtz’s “Reliable Sources” was preempted for Newtown coverage). On Sunday afternoon, MSNBC kept repeating that morning’s “Meet the Press” like the crackling fireplace on Xmas Day on some channels.

  • b

    The only people that win during this is the Snuggie….they pay a nickel for a million dollars worth of eyes. CNN…gets NOTHING ! LOL, idiots….

  • Ralph Hahn

    I watched Fox News’s coverage of the Newtown massacre. The conservative hosts heaped nothing but praise for the way President Obama spoke for all Americans. This continued Monday with lavish words of praise by Megyn Kelly and possibly others in programs that I did not see.

  • Mark2

    “When it matters, People turn to CNN.”

  • Mark2

    Anderson Cooper was by far the best throughout the weekend.

    Evene I tuned into CNN all weekend.

  • Mark2


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