Cable News Ratings for Thursday, December 20, 2012

Categories: '

Written By

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.

  • Faith3


    Defence spending is high under both parties but as I stated, Obama and the Dems want to pay for some of that with raising taxes on the wealthy while the GOP wants to pay for it by using money from Social Security and Medicare. The way I look at it is that the middle class has paid a big chunk of change toward SS and Medicare for the purpose of those programs not to pay for defence spending. The middle class should not sacrifice what they put away for in necessary programs to pay for Defense. If we want to pay obscene amounts toward defense, let those who have sacrificed the lest pay forward.

  • cathy

    @Faith3 Just change your answer when you are proven wrong. All Obama wants to do is to spend, spend, spend. That’s the problem. It’s been this countries problem for years. Obama has not agreed to any of the spending decreases. He is even asking for more spending money. And an unlimited debt ceiling. And you think that is FAIR and Balance. Read:

    How do you define suffering? How do you know people making over $250,000 a year won’t suffer from a cut it their income. “THEY WILL SUFFER.” If a tax increase changes you living style, if you have to sell your home because you can no longer afford it? If you have to work 10 more hours a week to keep your home.
    Do you know that everyone making over $250,000 is getting a 3.8% tax increase to pay for the Health care plan. That’s before the additional 4% Obama wants for the budget deal. THAT’S a 7.8% tax increase.
    You need to go back and read my post about how Doctors are planning on dealing with tax increases on them. Most Doctors have their own small business. With the Obama health care taxes on medical supplies and the increase business taxes Obama wants in the budget deal. Doctors business are taxed at 50%. Then a doctor’s income over $250,000 is going to be taxed at 43.4% (Remember the Obama care tax of 3.8%)
    Because 95% of a doctor’s payments come from Insurance Companies (the insurance companies set payment amounts. They have already been set for 2013.) Doctors can’t increase their fees to off-set new cost.
    Many doctors have stated they will be decreasing the hours they work decreasing staff needs. As a close friend of mine said, “All of these new taxes are going to make me have to think like a business man first and a doctor second.”

    So, everyone may have a health care plan now because of Obama. But will we have timely access to doctors.
    Progressive seem to think that “the rich” will keep working no matter how much you tax them. But it is not true, when your income is based on the amount of work time you put into it. Progressive view everyone making over $250,000 a years as a Bill Gates type and it’s not true.

  • Faith3


    And thank you 1966 for those beautiful videos.

  • Faith3

    Anyone making over $250.00 will not pay much more using the Clinton tax code. It’s those at the top of the scale that will see the biggest difference. Also, medical supply tax does not effect a doctor’s taxes.

  • Matthew
  • 1966

    your welcome faith 3
    friday is open.

  • cathy

    And that was usa8888 singing the new song “Don’t believe it, the Koch Brothers made it up.”
    It number five on the Progressive, lib, dems chart this week. Passing “We only need to print more money to fix the debt problem.”
    Democratic Top Five Hits Chart for the week on Dec 24th
    1) “Blame it on Bush.”
    2) “Blame the gun, not the mad man”
    3) “Tax the rich man”
    4) “Playing the race card.”
    5) “Don’t believe it, the Koch Brothers made it up.”

  • cathy

    @Faith3, the rich pay into SS and they will never be able to collect from it. What’s your point? That the rich need to pay pay pay. And Obama gets to spend spend spend.

  • Faith3

    Really, the rich can’t collect in SS? I think that is lie.

  • Faith3

    Yes, that is a lie saying the program as is is not a welfare based means program in which ironically the GOP wants to turn it into.

  • cathy

    @Faith3, What? Medical supply taxes doesn’t impact the doctor’s taxes? How can you believe that is true? The doctor own’s the business. Every thing he needs to supply his examine rooms will have a 5% tax added to every supply he buys. Who is paying that tax if not the doctor?

    Or are you talking about the 3.8% tax that I stated. Everyone making over $250,000 will have a 3.8% tax for the health care bill.

    You need to do some research and not believe what the left is telling you.

  • Faith3

    It impacts the medical supply company. Also, the healthcare bill doesn’t just effect those you mentioned. We all have skin in the game.

  • usa8888

    Cathy is arguing the absurd again–yes, it must be very painful for a super rich person to get by on $9.8 million/yr instead of $9.9 million/yr–maybe he buys one less Rolls Royce. And, remember , the tax rates for the rich are at 60 year lows and they NOT creating jobs. The tax increase MARGINALLY affects the rich, so people making slightly over $250K will pay virtually no more in taxes. The right wing GOP is in bed with Norquist and his anachronistic ideas. This guy is a dinosaur. The tax would have hardly any affect on doctors at all–most don’t make over $250K and tax is marginal. Cathy needs to be reminded that medical cost have risen 100% over the past 10 years and the GOP is quite content with that. These higher medical costs over 10 years have bee passed along to emoplyees by their employers–the employees are suffering as a result. It is OBAMA who is trying to bring down medical costs, not the GOP….

  • usa8888

    Cathy is against Obama’s medical plan which gets rid of pre-conditions and caps on terrible diseases, among other things. Remember: the right wing GOP wants to go back to the 19th Century when the super rich controlled everything and paid NO taxes. There was no medical insurance, no Medicare for the elderly, No Social Security, no EPA (and pollution abounded–just ask the gold miners), no FDA, no USDA, few public educational institutions—-the right wing radicals want to go back to that period–greed was abundant and there was little compassion for people. If you happened to have money, good; if not, you were screwed…….

  • Faith3

    Yes, the GOP would be content on passing on higher cost and allowing freeloaders to reap from the system while the middle class pick up the costs. Should this be a surprise?

  • usa8888

    By the way, the top line ratings for last Friday are posted, and Fox is again BEATEN by MSNBC in the prime time demo………

  • Faith3

    There are some wealthy against that system while others like the Koch’s who will stop at nothing to get their way.

  • cathy

    @Faith3, what’s a lie? If I take a salary I pay SS up to some point, I believe is on the first $100,000. When I retire, if I make to much money with investments, I won’t get SS. SS is already means tested. Less than 2% of the people don’t get it but that’s what we are talking about the top 2%.

    Also SS is only based on what you have put into it in the last ten years.

    Here is an example of someone paying into SS and not being allowed to collect from it. My aunt paid into SS from the age of 15 to 50. She was laid off at 50. She couldn’t find a job so after two years, she moved in with her daughter and helped with the children.
    When my aunt turned 62 she went to the SS office and was told she didn’t have enough work credits in the last 10 years to get SS. So, even through she had 35 work credits before they were not in the last 10 years she get nothing.

  • usa8888

    The big question is whether Boehner can control the right wing radicals in the House so a compromise can be reached with Obama. The American People want what Obama offers (even moderate Repubs). But the right wing radicals are holding everyone hostage. If these people only had some education, the problem would be solved but these people actually think drastically cutting spending during a bad recession is a recipe for recovery. Can you imagine? No, I can’t either…and neither can eonomists…………….

  • usa8888

    Cathy–you are WRONG, again, about Social Security. It’s based on the top 35 earning years and is a function of what you have made, and other factors. AND making too much money on investments is RARELY a problem on collecting SS. Very few people are in Romney’s shoes……

© 2015 Tribune Digital Ventures