Cable News Ratings for Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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December 19th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Tuesday, December 18, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC        1,189        245         490
CNN           497        179         250
MSNBC           571        157         259
CNBC           187         55           92
FBN             60         17           32
HLN           202         78           96
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC        2,055        335         731
CNN           776        262         427
MSNBC           996        230         459
CNBC           224        101         130
FBN             37           8           16
HLN           299         92         135
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends        1,080        271         533
CNN Early Start/Starting Point           313        132         157
MSNBC Morning Joe           581        205         317
CNBC Squawk Box           158         53           81
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade           239        137         175
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE        2,035        355         849
CNN SITUATION ROOM           641        201         269
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS           977        218         366
CNBC FAST MONEY           139         28           39
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           168         58           67
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER        1,995        318         687
CNN SITUATION ROOM           520        155         232
MSNBC POLITICS NATION           743        143         253
CNBC MAD MONEY           154         63           88
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           173         48           61
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH        1,809        318         745
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           629        189         326
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS           763        165         324
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT           162         37           61
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL           212         52           63
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        2,874        428         944
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           794        223         389
MSNBC ED SHOW           907        181         378
CNBC MOB MONEY           211        105         143
HLN NANCY GRACE           358        114         146
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY        1,771        316         635
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT           823        280         455
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW        1,058        266         491
CNBC 60 MINUTES ON CNBC           200         90         114
HLN DR. DREW ON CALL           238         59         100
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           710        284         436
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL        1,025        243         507
CNBC AMERICAN GREED           262        109         134
HLN NANCY GRACE           302        105         159
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        1,089        264         488
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           600        262         366
MSNBC ED SHOW           552        161         275
CNBC MAD MONEY           149         46           66
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT           240        111         114

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.

  • Mark2

    Hey Sam,

    Like I said that was an awesome show last night.

    And yes, Liberal viewers are split between CNN and MSNBC. If there was only one Liberal station, they would destroy Fox News every single night.

    You also have to remember that most people tune into to watch Liberal News stations like NBC Nightly News, ABC World News, and CBS Nightly News like Hillbilly and Steve Perry use to say.

  • Bobbyv


    So I guess you are admitting the liberal bias that the left has denied and continues to deny? :)

  • Sam

    Chris Mathews was soft on the same moron compared to Piers. He should have challenged him more because he made no sense. After being pushed by Mathews that having more guns wouldn’t protect us otherwise it would have protected Nancy Lanza, he went to say that the purpose we have guns is basically to bully a popularly and democratically elected government :

  • Party2nite

    CNN still doing this good several days after the tragedy.. wow.. this may be a turn for CNN.. Zucker is coing in at the right time..

  • Party2nite

    Also want to say… the election is over now.. so people are over politics and are getting back into daily news.. CNN might just do really well the next 4 years until the next election rolls in and then everyone will go back to either MSNBC or Fox News for their Politic fix..

  • beedavisjr

    I believe people who watch MSNBC & Fox are the most misinformed people in the country. more so at Fox it’s gotten bad over there(I only watched at election night, wow). People, just do your own research. don’t let talking heads skew the facts, according to the higher ups of the respective network. Fox news is The Arm of the right wing. MSNBC is the arm of the left wing. CNN is a lost dog trying to find its tail… btw, one thing. I love how Fox news loves to say they dominate cabel news, yet they are not mainstream. maybe that coulda flew, not today. Fox is as Mainatream as it gets. they own Radio, Cable news & Conservative news sites dominate. Fox news, you are the mainstream, whether you like it or not.?

  • BevAG

    FNC’s Lou Dobbs seems to be doing steadily better than MNBC’s The Kudlow Report in both categories. FNC seems to be holding its own and doing very well. NBC seems to crapping out in many areas.

    The country is not buying this Liberal agenda. Yes, I know Obama won. What you got were more people to the polls voting for the Democrats (not all over, though, thankfully). It was quite an event getting a lot of uninformed to the voting booth to vote for Obama. That doesn’t mean the country feels that Democrat economics or the Liberal agenda is what they want.

    Democrat economics don’t work. We’ll be watching the house of cards fall for the federal government just like we’re watching the Democrat economics of California fail. We don’t have to look far to see how the Democrat party’s economics can ruin a great thing.

  • Bobbyv


    I do not deny that Fox presents the news from a Republican point of view, especially the opinion people and website. However, as Mark2 admitted, they are completely outnumbered on a Lib vs Conservative basis. Not that all news is as Left as MSNBC, but they lean more left than right. Bias did not begin when Fox started.

  • Mt Rick

    I wouldn’t exactly call Fox mainstream. Both MSNBC & FCN are knee deep in BS. Unfortunately a lot of people eat it up. CNN is not a lost dog trying to find it tail. CNN is a lost dog trying to sniff its butt to find something to report.

  • Robbie

    Hey JED, were you even paying attention to the cable ratings for the debates, or the conventions….12 million people tuned into the FOX News Channel! Plus were had between 3 and 4 million in the Demo. And by the way, PLEASE stop with the “people who watch such and such news channel” are stupid. To say such nonsense is pretty stupid!

  • Sam

    @ BevAG,

    “The country is not buying this Liberal agenda”

    HAHAHA ! The best joke of the year, you’re worst than Karl Rove man.

  • beedavisjr

    @BevAg how should I put this, your “conservative” party has been reduced to White, Old people & married women/ men. That’s it. By 2016 there will not be enough of you “conservatives” to sustain a voting majority anymore at all even if ALL white people voted. what does that tell you? Just because fox news leads in NEWS doesn’t mean Jack. I am an independent & I believe the country needs & deserves a “Legitimate” GOP party that is not always in denial. I’m pretty sure if GOP won, im you would claim that victory as a consensus of the country wanting the conservative agenda. Please stop your denial. anything to comfort your insecurities of the actual truth. Instead of bashing the president how about coning with actual substantive discussions. The country chose. And if you blame that on “Democrats” are better getting out the vote, I question your intelligence or little intellect you seem to portray.

  • BevAG

    Beedavisjr, you keep saying that hoping it to be true.

    By 2016 when the whole country realizes that California a Democrat super majority and it’s failed and it watches Obama and the Democrats completely ruin the finances of this country, the Democrats will be crawling under rocks.

    Just because Fox news lead in NEWS means a whole lot more than “Jack.” It means that the country is not buying the Liberal agenda.

  • Mark2

    @Bobby “So I guess you are admitting the liberal bias that the left has denied and continues to deny?”

    Liberal in the sense that they’re not limited to a traditional way (the past) of thinking, that they’re open to new ideas and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others, that they are broad-minded and free from Bigotry.

    They are Progressive in Nature.

  • cathy

    Mark2 and Sam – Here we go the boys who only believe in the 25-54. If you add CNN and MSNBC together they don’t beat Fox news. While if you look at 25-54 they do this week, because we know only that group of people count.

  • BevAG

    That should say when the country realizes that California is a Democrat super majority.

    Right now the country only knows that California’s economics are failing miserably. What the country doesn’t know is that California has been under Democrat control for 42 years and now it’s under super majority Democrat control. In other words, the Democrats in California can’t blame the fiscal failure of California on Republicans like “Independents,” Democrats and President Obama tries to do.

    As the country falls more and more under the failed Democrat economics and sees that it’s following in California’s Democrat super majority, 2016 is going to look a whole lot brighter for Republicans.

  • Bobbyv


    I agree that is more the definition of a progressive, but if that was the definition of liberal bias attributed to the mainstream media they would quickly agree and be proud of it instead of denying it all these years.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Apparently, the clueless here skip past the ratings numbers and claim victory for MSNBC. There ARE ACTUAL numbers up there, at the top of the page. So, when I read comments from the great unwashed here, I laugh out loud when their comments are compared to the actual figures.

    Someone actually believes that if there were only ONE LIBERAL network instead of two (CNN & MSNBC) said singular liberal network would beat Fox.

    Unless there is a national or worldwide tragedy, MSNBC is the only liberal network in the running. CNN gets NO ratings unless there’s something like the tragic shooting in Newton, CT.

    Wake-up, sheep. Election Day is over. The little extra time that MSNBC topped FOX in only TWO time slots, 9PM & 10PM, was attributed to Obama’s victory. Now, ratings show that only hardcore cable news viewers are tuning in. Not the yahoos whose sole purpose was to see Obama elected.

  • Mark2

    @Cathy “Here we go the boys who only believe in the 25-54. If you add CNN and MSNBC together they don’t beat Fox news. While if you look at 25-54 they do this week, because we know only that group of people count.”

    -You forgot to add NBC, ABC, and CBS.

  • Mark2

    O’Reilly opened up his show talking about the Marine in the Mexican jail instead of Gun Control. I guess Rupert Murdoch’s marching orders are being carried out, lol.

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