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.

  • usa8888

    Micky o–you, too, need a good college education in economics. There was not enough spent on stimulus given the severity of the recession, though what was spent DID help with our numbers. Then there is always the intense obstruction by the rignt wing uneducated that hampers our economy. Fortunately, Obama won 4 more years. Now we nedd the t-bags and other obstructionists to get out of the way…..

  • Ratboy

    And King Obama says the Republicans are the ones saying NO to everything??

    GOP: We have the votes to pass ‘fiscal cliff’ compromise…

    Harry Reid refuses to consider…


  • Ratboy

    Gotta love them looney libs!!!!

    Pelosi: Harry Reid and ‘Big Money’ Are the Reasons I Didn’t Hold Any Votes on Gun Control from 2009 to 2011

    “There are no arguments against doing something,” said Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut. “The notion that more Americans, quote unquote, in the words of Governor Perry ‘packing heat’ will make us safer is not founded in reality, facts, or history. It is founded in the fantasy of testosterone-laden individuals who have blood on their hands for articulating that idea.”

    Rep. John Larson, another Democrat from Connecticut, agreed with his colleague and said that “to do nothing is to be complicit” with mass murder.

    But when nearly 260 Democrats controlled the House from 2009 to 2011, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi didn’t hold a single vote on gun control. Why not?

    “Perhaps you’re familiar with the 60-vote rule in the Senate,” Pelosi told me. “Our members are very courageous. They’ll walk the plank on any tough vote. But I don’t want them to walk the plank on something that’s not going to become the law.”

    “This is a very high priority for us,” Pelosi continued. “But because of what is—money. Let’s face it. Big money out there on the side of those would be opposed to gun safety.”

  • Doug Z

    I will not watch any television show from the propaganda news network called NBC. It is also really hard for me to watch Bloomberg TV. They have a really great business show but I try really hard not to watch it because it is liberal. It looks like from these figures. I am not the only one.

    Fox Business Channel’s Lou Dobbs Tonight has seen astronomical growth both in total viewers and in the 25-54 demo this year compared to 2011, while The Kudlow Report on CNBC is down slightly in both categories.

    Dobbs: up 28% in total viewers and up 65% in the demo

    The Cable News Network CNN fired Lou Dobbs

  • usa8888

    We invite the right wingers to ignore the American People’s wishes that Obama’s fiscal cliff solution be adopted and continue the aburd push to give the wealthy tax cuts while increasing taxes on the middle. The dems will pick up many more seats in Congress in 2014……………
    Right wingrs–keep on kissing Norquist’s patooti…………..

  • Doug Z

    Posted December 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Micky o–you, too, need a good college education in economics. There was not enough spent on stimulus

    It sounds like you need an education in economics. I have a minor in economics to go with my BBA. All liberals say that we should use Keynesian theory. The problem is Keynesian theory says that you run a balanced budget and even a surplus during good times. All liberals and so-called conservatives forget this little piece of information on Keynesian theory. The problem is we’ve never say for good times. So Keynesian theory cannot work.

    Yes I am a firm believer in Keynesian theory. But, one has to save for bad times. At least the so-called conservatives should have at least balance the budget. Now, the times are bad and we have no money and cannot continue. These inflationary spending ways.

    In the next couple of years. Inflation is going to hit it so hard when not going to know what to do. That is also a rule of economic history and theory. When you print money you have. Inflation. We have inflation today, but it is relatively small, even know it is a lot bigger than the government is telling us.

    You wait a few more years and see what happens to inflation. It is coming and it is going to hit hard on the common worker

  • Doug Z


    The common man does not understand that with you print money. You cause inflation. It was not that long ago that we left the gold standard at $32 an ounce. Gold is now over $1500 an ounce. That is inflation or the breakdown of your money. This is caused by printing money to support your deficit.

    The law of economics states that when there’s more money chasing the same amount of goods you have inflation.

    I do not understand liberals and so-called conservatives. They do not understand. They were going to see at least 12% inflation in the near future

  • Raz

    Why on earth does everyone think being older is such a horrible thing? Younger people are desirable and smart? There is nothing dumber then a 20 year old who thinks they know it all. Then a few years later after marrage and kids find out they are dumber then dirt.

  • TZCA

    Doug Z

    Thank you for saying something about Keneysian theory. I hadn’t recognized the opportunity as you had to comment about it. As you said, Keynes based his whole discussion of government spending on the premise that you never go into debt to do so (unless times of tribulation are so dire as to require it). The nation should build a surplus in good times to support the bad times. The modern problem in implementing Keynes theories is the total misunderstanding of what he said and the reality that our very currency requires debt, so that even in good times with a growing GDP, we need debt to create and grow the currency that corresponds with that increasing GDP. Then, as the growing debt requires increasing debt maintenance (payment on principle and interest) even more money needs to be created (even more debt) and the end result is hyperinflation. This is a forty year experiment that will end with bad results.

    I was avoiding comments on the need for a good college education in economics. Indeed, all those pie charts and bar graphs in those overpriced textbooks have to be good for something. Maybe too many have that good ol’ college educaton in economics, and that’s why we’re in the mess we’re in. It’s so much more fun to sit with other young liberal intellectuals sipping cups of coffee or acai tea, bloating each others sense of intellectual superiority as you discuss the truth of all those graphs and pie charts. I was fortunate enough to be working my way through school, paying mortgages, and investing, while getting one of those good ol’ college edumechanations. But liberals will now and forever blame all this on the evils of Bush and GOP obstructionism, especially those wrapped up in that beautiful fantasy world known as academia. Some in here lose credibility with each post.

  • Doug Z


    The young people think that being older is bad, it is. I have a vertical leap of about 2 inches. And that is on a good day

  • Ratboy

    @ Raz
    Posted December 20, 2012 at 10:51 AM
    Why on earth does everyone think being older is such a horrible thing

    I AM older than dirt but I still learn new things every day (well maybe I just think they are new thing but in fact they are old things I forgot :lol: )but the youth have this mentality of instant gratification. This type of thinking of I gotta have it NOW makes them think that they are up to date on all the knowledge. Plus they think that us old people cant or wont research and learn the new stuff.
    Back when I was growing up we thought at 20 we knew it all BUT………..our parents still did the parent thing and kept us in check. My mom and dad never quit being parents until the day they died and I am the same way with my kids. but now days we are hard pressed to find mom and dad being “parents” when the kids ar 5 much less 15 or 20! And there in lies the problem!

  • Doug Z


    The government does not need any day during good times. The government should be running a surplus during good times. That’s what John Keynesian said! If this was done using his theory totally in keeping the money supply constant there would be no inflation. Printing money is nothing but attacks on common people. Corporations would just raise the price of their product and do not necessarily.

    The country can growth of debt. You can find education and everything else you want to fund ,without debt. A country cannot spend 100 years stimulating its economy. You are about to feel inflation is coming your way and it will be hard. If I hear any economists say we should use Keynesian theory as propaganda. One more time I’m going to have a heart attack. They always leave out the surplus or balanced budget during good times.

    It seems to me that economists use Keynesian theory at all times remembering only one side so they do not have to tax the people and the people do not understand how much they’re being taxed until inflation comes.

  • DB

    Jesse Watters went to Jon Stewart’s event in DC about a year and half ago. He went up to all these genius liberals and asked them if they know Obama was a Keynesian. Everyone got angry with Jessie and told him Obama was born in America. They must have all attended these mythical “reputable universities” that have been referred to by the all knowing Mark2. By the way when Mark2 uses the word reputable he means liberal. Also relying on “classroom” economists for determining what is best for the economy is not a good move–eg our current economy!!!

  • usa8888

    Dougz–don’t know where you got a minor in economics but don’t think you were lisetening to your professors. You need a master’s or a PH.D. Gold price of $1500 an ounce has NOTHING to do with anything…and we have seen very little inflation, notwithstanding the righties saying 4 years years ago that inflation would be immediately rampant. You state the most basis and “bookish” laws of economics, which don’t fit with real world situations, like our situation now.
    It’s really common sense: if you are in a bad recession or Depression, if everyone quit spending (including the government), what would happen to the economy? Get back to me on this, once you’ve pondered it. The, set up a mathematical model including all the variables, their weights, and likely value ranges… and run it on a computer. You will see. Don’t try to think freshman economics will give you the answer.
    The right wingers in the House are trying to enact Lian Ryan’s plan, raising taxes on the middle class and cutting taxes for the wealthy–eaactly opposite of the American People’s thinking, according to today’s Gallop Poll and all other polls. But the right wing is SO uneducated and bull-headed, they have NO chance of getting it right. When they lose again BIG in 2014, maybe they will get it. Until then they will keep kissing Norquist’s patooti……

  • Doug Z


    My economics teachers told the truth about economics in college. They had their doctorates degree they did know what they were talking about.

    When an economics professor gets on TV or works for a political organization. They are then nothing but Propagandist. These Nobel Prize winning economists will never tell you that Keynesian theory says to run a surplus or balance a budget during good times.

    When a college professor of economics teaches you in the classroom. He tells you the truth. This professor with the doctorates degree in economics would tell you about Keynesian theory and exactly what he said while in the classroom.

  • TZCA

    @Doug Z and DB


  • Raz

    Plus they think that us old people cant or wont research and learn the new stuff.

    Rats that’s the biggest joke of all. Can’t research? That’s what a lot of us do best. After 20 years in insurance as an adjuster, a BS in Criminal Justice and a few years doing a bit of ghost hunting (which is a lot of book work and pouring through old newspapers)yeah I know how to research.

  • cathy

    Again usa8888 and Jeff. Please provide links to support your thoughts.

    Usa8888 – I know more about econ that you pretend to know. Economics is not a simply math problem where if you do “A” we got result “B”. The variables are numerous and ever changing. Economics is a topic loaded with theories.

    Now because you can’t give me a link, I’ll inform you and everyone where Obama’s thoughts are coming from. Obama is using half of Keynesian economists theory. This theory has never been proven. It has been used for years in Europe and do we really want to follow Europe? Their economy is in worse spage then ours.

    Keynesian point at government spending as saving the U.S. from the Great Depression.

    However capitalize, classical, and other economic theorist debate this conclusion. FDR’s famed “Public works” plan did not bring a recovery. The U.S. did not recover until after WWII. Keynesian’s point to all the spending the U.S. did on the war (military spending) as proof that government spending causes recovery. (Think of that Keynesian’s point at military spending as a recovery solution. So, why is Obama cutting military spending?)

    While others economic theorist do credit the winning of WWII as the reason for the end of the Great Depression. It’s not because of the amount of government spending but because:
    1) Being on the winning side of a war increases trust in a country which improves your economy.
    2) The U.S. was the only industrial country that did not need to rebuilt after the war. The U.S. made many products for another countries. Increasing the money coming into the U.S.
    3) For the first time, most families in the U.S. become dual income. As the government told women their country needed them in the factories.
    4) Most resources were used for the war. So, for five years people did without. There was a lot of built up demand.
    5) There was a large increase in the birth rate after the war.

    Only economist that believe in the Keynesian theory believe that a government’s deficit spending will jump start the economy. But even in Keynesian theory increasing taxes creates a recession or at the very less stalls growth.

  • TZCA

    Doug Z

    I was also fortunate that, in addition to me being an active worker/investor in the real world while going to school, my teachers across the board were middle of the road. Could have been a result of attending a Cal State ‘Polytechnic’ university rather than a university of academic elitists. Even if they disagreed with me, they allowed me the respect of grading my papers on content and presentation rather than whether or not they disagreed.

    I think our debt-based currency is one of our greatest problems. All this nonsense of spending more to boost the economy can only be practical for the short-term. How long do you allow this to continue? How much debt do you accrue to support this spending? Who do you allow yourself to be indebted too? What if these buyers of US Bonds want more interest to continue to buy our debt forcing the Fed to raise interest rates? What then happens as our national spending has to increase more to pay these higher rates? The whole thing is a mess.

    Cutting spending is not equal to NO spending. This idea that cutting spending will result in a depression is nonsense. NO spending will result in a depression. Too much spending with debt-based currency will result in hyperinflation. The net results are about as horrific.

  • TZCA


    I don’t think modern Keynesians understand a thing Keynes said. Keynes premise is that you do not go into debt to support government spending.

    The reference to the depression to support Keynes theories is valid. The depression by definition was a result in an almost complete collapse of consumer spending, no matter what the value of the dollar was compared to the value of goods and services. As consumer spending collapsed, prices fell, feeding a lack of consumer confidence (why pay more now if prices might fall even more) causing an even further collapse in spending. This required drastic measures, including executive order 6201, following several months later a declaration of $32 per 1 oz of gold immediately from $27.80 (or round-about that). Thus Roosevelt had to create inflation to counter the deflation. Then Roosevelt pumped huge dollars into the economy through infrastructure spending. Thus Keynesiansim at play.

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