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.

  • Hillbilly

    cathy – That being said, I believe the it’s time for the gun companies to look into using high tech products or developing high tech products that make guns safer. What about a thumb pad, so only the owner can operate the gun. I can think of other things.


    Sounds good to me. Can they put a thumb pad on a nuke? I went and got one after usa8888 said they could be used for home protection. ;)

  • Hillbilly

    usa8888 – Government spending during a bad recession or depression is necessary for the reasons I outlined above. Government spending (such as infrastructure projects) will spark demand by effecting an immediate injection of money into the economy with a subsequent multiplier effect.


    Been there done that, now what? Remember shovel ready? Then came shovel ready was not as shovel ready as we thought? Counting what the fed has done (QE1, QE2, QE3) plus what the congress (started under Bush) spent you would think growth would be at least 3%. Spending our way out of this mess has FAILED! Try a new talking point.

    BTW still waiting for you to tell us what Nobama’s plan (besides taxing the rich) for fixing things is. You been crying for over a week about the right-wing & t-baggers blocking Nobama’s plan. No talking points a real plan we can all see & add the numbers to see how much it reduces the deficit.

  • Hillbilly

    Mark2 – People are watching those stations in huge numbers, just like Hillbilly pointed out.


    Yea i point that out to mock Steve Perry. It’s an apples to oranges comparison. Just like comparing the 18-49 demo against the cable news demo of 25-54.

  • Mark2

    @Cathy “My point back to Mark2 was that you can count ABC, NBC and CBS new viewer in unless we know they have the ability to watch Fox and decide not to.”

    Again it doesn’t matter whether they have the ability to watch Fox News or Not. The numbers don’t care about your personal situation. The numbers are just that, numbers. The numbers simply tell us that those programs are being watched by a specific amount of people.

    If a Conservative can’t afford cable and is unable to watch conservative news, the Numbers don’t care. But if that conservative decides to watch Brian Williams or Diane Sawyer than so be it…maybe they’ll learn something that they wouldn’t have learned watching Fox News.

    But what’s even more important than all of these TV and Radio numbers are the Presidential Election Numbers. Fox News (Conservative News) has led in the Cable News numbers for over a Decade now and Right Wing Talk Programs has led Radio numbers over the last decade. And yet, Democrats have won the popular vote in 5 out of the last 6 Presidential elections.

    So why is that? Why is is that Conservatives have dominated the Cable News and Talk Radio and yet they can’t seem to win over America. Well when it comes to the Media wars, there’s 2 reasons for that.

    1. Broadcast News

    Just like Hillbilly mentioned, way more people watch Broadcast TV, that’s a fact. I’m not too sure of the numbers but I’ve heard other people on this site mention that Broadcast News gets over 20 million viewers. Again, it doesn’t matter the circumstance of each individual viewer. The fact that they are watching is all that matters. Needless to say, Liberals are winning this War.

    2. Internet News

    More people get their news from the Internet than any other means. And right now the Liberals are winning that war as well.

  • BevAG

    Reagan, Governor of the state of California from 1967 – 1975. When Reagan became Governor, he inherited a budget deficit from Democrat Governor Brown of $194 million. Two terms later he left the governorship with California having a $550 billion dollar surplus.

    Reagan froze all government spending and reduced each government department’s budget by ten percent. He did increase taxes and then he gave rebates as the state of California straightened out.

    The San Francisco Chronicle said, “We exaggerate very little when we say that Reagan has saved the State for bankruptcy.”

  • BevAG

    Except for the period from 1995 to 1996, one year, the California Assembly has been in Democratic hands since the 1970 election (even while the governor’s office has gone back and forth between Republicans and Democrats). The California Senate has been in Democratic hands continuously since 1970.

    And now the Democrats have a super majority. Every single decision they make has nothing to do with Republicans. The Republicans have no say in anything.

    That means no one can be blamed for anything. Bush can’t be blamed. Republicans can’t be blamed. Finally, for the first time in forever the Democrats have to own their own failing voodoo fiscal decisions.

  • BevAG

    That should say:

    The San Francisco Chronicle said, “We exaggerate very little when we say that Reagan has saved the State from bankruptcy.”

  • Letmethink

    Heard someone on the radio yesterday say something that described the USA in a nutshell—-a giant insurance company with an army.

  • Eggmanbill

    Half the people that watch Fox No-News watch it to be amused by how Crazy and Stupid the right has become. Fox No-News and the rest of the Murdoch Corp is nothing more than a propaganda machine for the far right of the GOP Party of Crazy Stupid. In no way does the viewing numbers represent support of the Fox No-News Crazy Stupid political point of view!!!!!Keep me laughing!! LOL

  • Mark2

    @Bev “Reagan froze all government spending and reduced each government department’s budget by ten percent. He did increase taxes and then he gave rebates as the state of California straightened out.”

    Imagine that, a balanced approach where a Republican was actually willing to increase Taxes. That wouldn’t fly in today’s GOP. He’d be run out of office by the T-Party.

    A look back at Reagan’s Tax increases while Governor of California:

    Reagan’s record on raising taxes began almost the moment he entered politics. Elected governor of California in 1966, he inherited a large budget deficit from his predecessor, Pat Brown. Although a conservative, dedicated to shrinking government, Reagan nevertheless found the magnitude of spending cuts that would have been necessary in 1967 to be beyond reach. This led him to endorse a $1 billion per year tax increase, equivalent to a $17 billion tax increase today – an enormous sum equal to a third of state revenues at that time. Journalist Lou Cannon recounts the circumstances:

    No amount of budget reductions, even if they had been politically palatable, could have balanced California’s budget in 1967. The cornerstone of Governor Reagan’s economic program was not the ballyhooed budget reductions but a sweeping tax package four times larger than the previous record California tax increase obtained by Governor Brown in 1959. Reagan’s proposal had the distinction of being the largest tax hike ever proposed by any governor in the history of the United States.

    The top income tax rate was raised from 7 percent to 10 percent, the sales tax rate went from 3 percent to 5 percent, the cigarette tax was increased from 3 cents to 10 cents per pack, the alcohol tax was raised from $1.50 to $2 per gallon, the bank and corporate tax rate went up from 5.5 percent to 7 percent, and the inheritance tax rose from a range of 2 percent to 10 percent to a range of 3 percent to 15 percent. According to Cannon, this was essentially the Democrats’ wish list of tax initiatives, with the sole exception that it did not institute tax withholding, which Reagan adamantly opposed. In Cannon’s words, “An economist who analyzed the tax bill without knowing its political background might conclude that it had been crafted by a New Deal Democrat.

    In 1970, Reagan proposed yet another big tax increase of $1.1 billion, which would have been used to finance property tax relief. Incomes above $32,000 would have been subject to a new 11 percent tax rate, and three years later a new 13 percent bracket would have applied to those with incomes above $36,000. The bill would have also instituted tax withholding, which ironically led to its defeat in the Senate by a single vote. However, many of these provisions were enacted the following year. The 1971 legislation raised taxes by $508 million (about $6 billion today), including an increase in the top income tax rate to 11 percent, a rise in the bank and corporate tax rate from 7 percent to 7.6 percent, and institution of an alternative minimum tax and tax withholding. State taxes were raised another $1.1 billion in 1972 (about $12.5 billion today). This legislation included another increase in the sales tax rate from 5 percent to 6 percent and a further rise in the bank and corporate tax rate from 7.6 percent to 9 percent.

    Reagan had little to say about these tax increases in his memoirs except to claim that he gave back $5 billion to taxpayers. However, in many cases, the tax relief consisted of tax rebates and one-shot tax cuts. In the end, it is clear that Governor Reagan presided over an astonishing expansion of taxes in California. According to the California Department of Finance, state revenues tripled from $2.9 billion in the 1966/67 fiscal year to $8.6 billion in the 1974/75 fiscal year, Reagan’s last.

    After leaving the governorship, Reagan ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1976. No mention was made of the many tax increases he enacted in California. Instead, his principal focus was on cutting spending, which ultimately sank his chances for the nomination when he proposed dumping $90 billion in federal spending (almost $700 billion today) on the states in order to balance the budget.

    -I keep telling Republicans that Reagan was a Liberal, lol.


  • BevAG

    From the June 12, 1973, The Free-Lance Star:

    “Reagan’s 20 percent tax rebate is only the first of the steps the 62-year-old Governor has recommended. His second step is more important still. He proposes to write into the California constitution a permanent limitation on the percentage of the people’s money the legislature can take a away in taxes.”

    Mark, NO Liberal would EVER suggest that people should keep their own money instead of giving it to the government. You’re very wrong. Reagan was not a Liberal.

    Then Californians overwhelmingly voted in Proposition 13 which capped how much property tax we would pay. (THAT was a landslide. Obama’s win was nowhere near the landslide that Proposition 13 got in California).

    Now the California Democrat super majority wants to undue Proposition 13 so that we in California can pay the obscene property taxes that they pay in New Jersey.

  • Mikey O

    WOW Morgan the Brit beat Maddow in 25-54 group that’s got to hurt

  • Jeff

    Lets be happy for the R-tards R-Pubs. They have to have something to celebrate. Hannity beat Rachel…..


    Too bad their delusional party can’t say the same about the elections brainless Hannity said they were gonna win by landslide. The country hicks thought they had something to teach the city folk……that didn’t work out too well. Dems should learn when you decide to stay home on Election Day the R-Pubs elect their whack balloon loons and our nation loses on so many levels, jobs/economy, lives, civil right, EVERTHING TANKS under these dumba$$es.


    President Obama Time Mag Person of the Year…. Bet ya gun sales, Jack Daniels, and trailer park sales went up a tick after that announcement.

  • Mikey O

    Hannity never say landslide it was that knucklehead Dick Morris who is now is hiding or in witness protection program. Also Karl Rove.

  • BevAG

    NRA has been getting an average of 8,000 new members a day since the Newtown, Conn. tragedy. A lot of them live in Democrat territory with Democrat Senators. That’s why the Democrats will never promote a bill or pass a bill that is a REAL gun control bill, which I’m thankful for.

  • Ratboy

    Gooood Morning!! 39 and raining with thunder storms predicted around noon time but then…………………………changing to shnow tonight with 50 mph wind gusts and 3 – 6 by tomorrow night!

  • cathy

    @Mark2 – “Actually they are. That’s what Booby and I were talking about earlier. ABC, NBC, and CBS draw over 20 million viewers every night and we all know that those stations are Liberal/Progressive.”

    Again, do you have any proof that these 20 million viewers have Fox News?
    Simply because someone watches a liberal/progressive station does not mean their are Liberal/Progressive. If you want news and you have no conservative news channel available to you, you are going to watch a liberal/progressive news show to get your news.

    Also, the ratings of shows are impacted by the shows before and after them. NBC, CBS, ABC do get a bump in ratings because they follow local news.

    If any of us want to prove that there are more progressives or conservatives we need a poll that supports it. And I’m not talking about a poll that asks people are you a progressive, lib, dem, rep, conservative. I’m talking about a poll that ask people questions that related to their core beliefs.

    The local Fox news station in Detroit, MI asked 50 random people in the city questions that related to their core beliefs. And it showed that they core beliefs were conservative even though they called themselves dems. The reporter did this to prove that the republicans problem is not their core beliefs but their inability to communicate their beliefs to the American people. I haven’t posted this Local news report before because I can’t find a link to it on the net. It appears they don’t keep reports online long term.

  • Ratboy

    Does any of the loons on the left realize that many of the network watchers are not watching as a conservitive or a liberal. They watch the big three because that is where they get the news. People that watch cable news choose their source by their thinking. Network watcher choose it because it is a news source and I venture to say that most dont even think of the bias because they dont know any better!!

  • Pete S.

    UassA88888, when you refer to people as t-baggers, do you mean homos or gay people? i’m sure you know what t-bagging means. bigot.

  • Pete S.

    ratboy, i couldn’t agree more. i was just thinking the same thing a bit ago while reading the comments. people like my mom and others who know little to nothing (or should i say overall care little to none) about politics watch abc cbs etc. people who are actually interested in politics or one side or the other watch political news channels like cnn fox and yeah, even psychotic msnbc.

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