Cable News Ratings for Thursday, December 20, 2012

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December 21st, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Thursday, December 20, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC        1,269        227         504
CNN           433        150         203
MSNBC           574        158         268
CNBC           174         50           87
FBN             54         13           24
HLN           211         83           98
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC        2,178        342         779
CNN           675        208         306
MSNBC        1,189        309         531
CNBC           207         73         116
FBN             68         17           21
HLN           264        120         144
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends        1,028        214         478
CNN Early Start/Starting Point           217         99         128
MSNBC Morning Joe           487        170         266
CNBC Squawk Box           114         30           66
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade           185        106         136
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE        2,155        309         834
CNN SITUATION ROOM           625        200         270
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS           883        199         377
CNBC FAST MONEY           156         42           96
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           141         29           43
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER        2,144        333         955
CNN SITUATION ROOM           397        107         159
MSNBC POLITICS NATION           775        167         372
CNBC MAD MONEY           156         52           79
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           206         45           69
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH        2,024        325         861
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           569        185         250
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS           839        208         365
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT           141         27           54
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL           210         83         102
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        3,055        404       1,046
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           631        206         288
MSNBC ED SHOW        1,174        270         541
CNBC CNBC SPECIAL REPORT           110         28           50
HLN NANCY GRACE MYSTERIES           296        100         159
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY        1,929        337         723
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT           776        224         361
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW        1,298        370         605
CNBC APOCALYPSE 2012           262         84         151
HLN WHAT WOULD YOU DO           258        131         135
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           616        195         270
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL        1,094        285         447
CNBC AMERICAN GREED           248        107         146
HLN WHAT WOULD YOU DO           238        127         139
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        1,119        315         541
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           405        170         227
MSNBC ED SHOW           631        190         329
CNBC MAD MONEY           119         30           64
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT           121         36           50

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.

  • Bobbyv

    Nobody’s on fire! :)

  • 1966

    rachel’s on fire!!!

  • fafea

    msnbc needs to give the 8pm slot to o’donnell

  • James

    Haha looks like things are back to normal.with rachel and lawrence crushing hannity and greta in the key demo..just a few days ago you righties were saying that about and greta .get use to hannity and greta being beatin every weeknight

  • Patrick W.

    Quit dreaming. Foxnews wins overall…..that’s the key demo!!!!

  • James

    Wait till the G.O.P..ruins the country by not agreeing to a deal.ratings will skyrocket for msnbc

  • Victor Victoria

    Does anyone know what language Al Sharpton is speaking ? Thanks.

  • beedavisjr

    The Republican party has basically blew up. Tea Party vs Establishment vs Libertarians. vs Religious right. Yesterday, when John Boehner put a Republican bill up to vote, he didn’t even have his own Republican members to vote for it! Lmao I have never seen this in my whole life. Wow, I thought the Republicans filibustering their own bill was bad. Nope! This takes THEE cake! The Republican party is now SO FAR from the mainstream its now out there for everyone to see but this was Embarrassing for John Boehner! Whoa! as an independent it’s sad for me to see a Republican party spin so out of control. This infighting going on is bad for our country. This country needs a strong GOP willing to negotiate like back in the Clinton years. Wth is goin on over there on the right?

  • Ben

    Hannity lost to Rachel by 33,000 in the demo but won the total by 631,000 Greta lost the demo to Lawrence by 4,000 ( what the hell are 1966 and James talking about) and won the total by 422,000. Now don’t tell me that if those numbers were switch that you liberals would say Hannity crushed Rachel and Greta crushed Lawrence. So shut up and deal with it NOBODY CRUSHED ANYBODY

  • Bsotgnw

    beedavisjr….really how many votes did Obama get on his budget! ZERO

  • Joe

    MSNBC wins in prime time. That’s when people have time to sit down and watch TV. This country is going more and more to the center and not right anymore. Only the South, who are stuck in 1860, are extremely right. That’s the main reason they hate Obama. He’s black. Oh and apparently he is Muslim and not a citizen still. Embarrassing.

  • Joe


    Demo is all that matters. Rachel and Lawrence won. Get over it.

  • Bsotgnw



    Obama budget defeated 99-0 in Senate – Washington Times

  • Bobbyv


    …and Bush knew about 9/11. There are plenty of nuts on both sides

  • beedavisjr

    @Bsotgnw I’ll cite your own Washington Post WITH LINKS
    don’t shoot the messenger. oh & the 99-0 budget plan isn’t what you think smh. you need to do more research.





  • TheBoss1

    @Joe … You wrote, “This country is going more and more to the center and not right anymore. Only the South, who are stuck in 1860, are extremely right. That’s the main reason they hate Obama. He’s black. Oh and apparently he is Muslim and not a citizen still. Embarrassing.”

    Rave on, brother. You are so right. And, I live in the South!

  • Jeff

    And the righty said it AAAALL back to normal…… Lawrence and Rachel kicked Greta & Hannty’s a$$es. The regular chattering righty must of saw the numbers and crawled back into their holes. ;)

    NRA blaming Hollywood……..”if only the teachers had guns”


    Ft Hood was a military base

    Columbine had armed security

    Virginia Tech had their own police force

    I agree Hollywood on many levels are out of control with the violence and death shown every moment on almost every channel. Videos games are even worse. BUT! No one needs a military style weapon to slaughter people and fill them with rounds of bullets. The NRA needs to be condemned and dismantled for their mainly Republican involvement and laying an easier path for thousands to be slaughtered by gun violence.

    The NRA has blood other hands.

  • Jeff

    On their hands*

  • usa8888

    Fox is losing its grip on high ratings and Boehner has lost his grip on the GOP (due to uncontrollable t-bag right wingers). The right wingers are in in bed with Norquist and will not cut millionaires/billionaires taxes…But they want to raise middle class taxes, eliminate child tax credits, unemployment payments, reduce Medicare and Social Serurity payments, etc. The t-bag controlled GOP is the group Romney was talking to in his infamous country club speech. The American People know that Obama has their interests in mind and the GOP has billionaires’ interests in mind. This will hurt the GOP in 2014. Hopefully, the moderate Repubs can work with Boehner and Obama to stop the fiscal cliff. The bags will be of no help whatever…..

  • beedavisjr


    Why do you people(fox viewers) continue to believe just because you win overall viewership means everything? It doesn’t. CBS wins total viewership on most of it’s shows that cable & other networks only would Dream to have consistently!! & still cancel shows left & right. Why you ask? Show cost may be some of the reason, but! everyone knows, it’s because of DEMO!!!! What’s good all of those viewers if those viewers ain’t buying?!! Advertising is EVERYTHING in the age of DVR. Ask MTV, VH1, TLC, Bravo(you get the point) how Demo is everything, not total viewership.

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