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.

  • Doug Z

    I believe it was Richard Nixon that took us off the gold standard. Look at the inflation that is concurred because of it. The good part is that mankind has advanced with its technology and was able to create a better life for all. Today, the manufacturing and natural resources have moved to another country so we are not producing product. This is what’s wrong with Europe and the United States. You cannot print your money and create wealth. Wealth has to be produced through natural resources and manufacture.

    Of course, as Western societies lifestyle or economic situation goes down the Third World nations will rise. They have a long way to go to catch up but economics doesn’t work. The rich countries will not be as rich and the poor countries will become richer until you meet in the middle and a happy equilibrium. Ha ha

  • Matthew

    “They spent most of the time explaining what Reagan did.”

    Why? Unless you mean what Reagan did in California, rather in than in the presidency; as president, his macroeconomic policies exploded the deficit, and forced him to spend years finding ways to sell tax increases without calling them tax increases. The Fed’s interventions to hike interest rates and control the flow of currency is far more significant to what happened in the 1980s than what the Congress and the president were doing.

  • Doug Z


    Nobody is cutting spending. They are decreasing the increase. And the government will not create a product. A product must be made or manufactured. Or it has to come from natural resources. It is product that creates money not paper shuffling.

    I will say it once again. No Republican or Democrat is cutting spending. They are decreasing the increase. The government make sure they take care of the rich. Then they throw a pebble to the poor. That is socialism. It is Ronald Reagan’s trickle-down theory.

  • Doug Z


    My father is a diehard Republican and loves Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan was the biggest spender that we’ve ever had in history. He was also the biggest vendor, liberal we ever had in California at least up to that point it does. I don’t know much about it. After that.

    They asked Wilde Reagan about his spending liberal ways in California and his answer was he learned his lesson. Matthew, I agree Ronald Reagan talked the talk, but didn’t walk the walk. I believe that everything Ronald Reagan said was true. But that’s true but most propagandist. You are so right in his deficits and spending

  • Matthew

    “Inflation is a tax on the people, the common people that they do not understand. The corporations do not feel inflation because they just raise the price of their product. So, it is the people that have to pay for inflation.”

    Inflation is only bad if it starts rising above an annual rate of 4%, or going into hyperinflation territory. Corporations and investors like a small amount of annual inflation because it creates a more steady economy; so long as you have no incentive to sit on your money, investment and consumption flow steadily. Deflation is the sort of thing that, as a consumer, sounds good to you in theory, because how could it be bad thing for your currency to always go up in value?

    The reality, of course, is that this spirals outward and creates all sorts of instability, recurring depressions, and eventually makes it’s way back to you. Disinflation is good, when necessary, but deflation is rarely desirable.

    “The good part is that mankind has advanced with its technology and was able to create a better life for all.”

    This bears responding to as well, because it’s related to our more recent policies: technology has been able to grow exponentially in part because of the steady flow of capital that’s resulted from small annual inflation, which means our economy isn’t plagued with frequent downturns like it was during the 19th and early 20th century. This is not controversial, even conservative economists agree that small annual inflation is good, it’s only the Austrians that want us to go backwards.

  • Doug Z


    Ronald Reagan’s biggest tax with Social Security. Social Security went from about 7% to 15.3%that was the biggest tax increase in history. I can’t remember the exact numbers but they quit collecting Social Security at about $30,000 a year to about $60,000 a year. That was a huge increase on the middle class.

    I am a true neocon fiscal conservative. I do know the truth and the truth is not good. There has not and a small government politician in my lifetime, and and I am old. That is why were in the situation that we are in

  • Doug Z


    Inflation is well above what the government says it is. That is one of the ways that they can cut Social Security over a long period time. If they lie about inflation by 1% for 30 years. They will cut Social Security by 30%. They are already doing that.

    The inflation wage is way above the increase in the gross national product. And this is only the beginning of the inflation that is yet to come. When inflation rate is higher than the increase in the gross national product the common people are losing buying power or their paycheck is decreasing. You are young and have many years to see what’s in front of this. If they don’t start producing product, your generation will get poorer every year. In the biggest way to tell if you’re producing product is the trade deficit. When it comes to government. It is their deficit

  • Doug Z


    The government has nothing to do with the capital that is available for investment. The more they get involved in it the worst it would become. There is no such thing, of course, is true capitalism but it is always good to try and strive for it.

  • Hillbilly

    usa8888 – 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?


    :roll: Another brilliant useless statement. If everybody (including the government) stop spending money in a booming economy what would happen to the economy? Nobody is calling for govt spending to stop spending.

    No offense, but you repeat the same talking points daily & never back anything up. When asked for some proof/evidence of your talking points you go into the right-wing t-baggers need to get educated. You either refuse to admit or are ignorant of the fact that $TRILLIONS have been put into the economy since Nobama has been in office. You either refuse to admit or are ignorant of the fact that Nobama has no detailed plan other than raising taxes on the rich.

    I’m done trying to have a reasonable debate with you. You have no creditability in my view. Just parrot the same old gibberish daily & think your a brilliant scholar. I feel for those who try to have a reasonable debate with you.

  • Matthew

    “Inflation is well above what the government says it is.”

    Not quite, it would be more accurate to say that inflation has been worse in some sectors than others, and the sectors it’s been bad in hit the average family hardest. Food is the most obvious, but food inflation isn’t a result of monetary policy, it has much more to do with the droughts, which haven’t just been a problem in America, but globally. Now, it sucks to see my grocery bill go up, but I understand that this is a necessary market response to protect growers.

    Energy and health care are the other big ones, and again, you can’t view these things in isolation. Health care, in particular, is a confluence of multiple problems.

  • Ratboy

    Ok guys so you all go out and start spending on your credit cards and you dont make enough to pay the bills so the balance keeps getting higher. Now you come to me and tell me since I dont have debt and make a lot of money I need to give you more. So I kick in extra and you guys each get a nickle more to use but you continue to charge on your credit card. Yep the money is going into the economy but you cant pay your debt. So do you now come back to me for another nickle or maybe a quarter this time or do you STOP SPENDING???
    Hint………….your way…………..you go belly up and the creditors get stuck for the loss which in turn cost them so they raise the price on everyone else to make up for the loss.

  • Doug Z


    People just don’t want to understand true economics. It is so simple you produce a product and sell it for more than you paid for it. That is called profit. When you produce the product you have created wealth which has a multiplier effect and gives everybody money. There is no product in government whatsoever. Since a government produces no product they produce no money or wealth. It is a private sector that creates the product or money that the government runs on.

    This country has to start manufacturing and producing natural resources to produce product and money. If they produce enough product, which produces money the government will run smoothly. Without product. Nothing runs for there is no money. When there is no money you have trade deficits and government deficits. When the private sector does not produce enough product to create enough money they just increase the money supply so that they do not have to create increase in taxes. If they increased the taxes to the point where the budgets were balanced the taxpayer would revolt and throw all the politicians out

  • Doug Z


    I am the cheapest baby boomer that you’ve ever met. I heat the house with the wood burning stove and I even eat road kill, dear if it’s fresh. But don’t tell anybody

  • Doug Z

    c 2012, 6:14 AM PDT 59 post a comment
    Paging Piers Morgan… Piers Morgan to the white courtesy phone….

    Gun crime has almost doubled since Labour came to power as a culture of extreme gang violence has taken hold.

    The latest Government figures show that the total number of firearm offences in England and Wales has increased from 5,209 in 1998/99 to 9,865 last year – a rise of 89 per cent.

    In some parts of the country, the number of offences has increased more than five-fold.

  • Matthew

    Comparing government debt to personal debt is silly, at best, especially since much of our spending was spending that we CHOSE not to pay for, rather than spending that we were incapable of funding.

    For your personal debt to match government debt, your household circumstance would have to be the following:

    29% of your total debt is money that your right hand owes your left hand.
    41% is money that you owe your wife, your children, and your dog.
    The remaining 30% you owe to various institutions outside of your household.

    Of those outside institutions, the two largest holders of your debt are Bank of China and Bank of Japan…except YOU also purchase THEIR debt, and happen to also be the largest holder of the debt. You also happen to have a larger earning potential than both of them combined, as well as significantly larger net worth.

    Does that sound like your household budget?

  • Doug Z

    Posted December 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Comparing government debt to personal debt is silly, at best, especially since much of our spending was spending that we CHOSE not to pay for, rather than spending that we were incapable of funding.

    You are so right. You can’t compare government debt to personal debt. Because you cannot prevent your own money and you will have to pay your bills. The government will print money and cause inflation. I hope you’re still here. Five years from now when inflation is rampant in the common people of the United States lose purchasing power and lifestyle.

    Matthew at that time you will be a little older and agree with me

  • Doug Z


    The people of the United States. Average pay has already dropped $4000. The government is lying and we are suffering from 7% inflation. That is a double whammy on the common working man. We are losing our lifestyle. If the government made better decisions and didn’t give all its money to companies like General Electric and other rich Wall Street firms. I would agree with you. But the government gives money only to their friends with no respect to the common working man. They throw him a bone, called on employment or a bone, called food stamps. In the city of St. Louis. They can even build a building without giving the builder or the owner at least 33% of the costs. That is what government does it takes care of their rich friends

  • City Kitty

    I am sick and tired of all the non-stop coverage and idiot theories on the murders in Conn. This is a perfect time for me to catch up on my recorded episodes of Inspector Lewis.

  • Matthew

    @Doug: Again, you’re blaming monetary policy solely for real wage decline, when the factors are more complex than that. The magical trickle down never arrived, and this applies even to government policy. For example, the federally mandated minimum wage in the late 60s, adjusted for inflation, would be $10 per hour. The real minimum wage is $7.50. Workers below a certain level are earning less DESPITE real GDP growth, and this has a lot to do with a decline in the value of labor (and by this I don’t mean unions).

    The way inflation plays a big role in this is in health care, wherein stagnant wage growth combined with ballooning health care costs means that most families aren’t really moving ahead, and this is once again not just a matter of government policy. Frivolous lawsuits are a part, for-profit middlemen are a part, out-of-control student debt and medical costs are a part, inefficiency is a part…but above all, the elephant in the room is our lifestyle.

    If ever there were a field where the takers vs makers idea is applicable, it’s in health care cost pooling. If we’re being brutal and calloused about it, healthy people are makers, and sick people are takers, and we’re reaching a point where we’re going to have several factors throwing this dynamic toward the taker side being the majority: elderly baby boomers, a majority obese population, and a multitude of new issues related to excessive time in front of computers for the younger generation. Our health care system is not sustainable without radical lifestyle shifts.

  • DB

    Wow Matthew I wish I could have known everything about everything when I was in college. Wait… I was an obnoxious know it all in college. Fortunately, like most folks I got out of college and went into the real world and found out how things really work or in the government’s situation, doesn’t work. I still think you have potential and in probably five years you will come back to this site and apologize for spouting theories and propaganda we all learned in college but grew out of as we matured. You aren’t much different from most young folks(you are more civil than most)thinking you have it all figured out and why are these older people so dumb. You’ll outgrow it, just hope we can all see the finished product of college education and actual experience, which directly contradicts what you heard in college. Don’t get me wrong, I still think you are a good kid and are very smart, just wish you could see how you are coming across on this site.

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