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.

  • Bsotgnw

    beevdavisjr .. The vote is the vote. 4 years no budget but thats not the point. You said you had never seen any thing like it. Obviously not true or you were not paying attention.

  • beedavisjr


    No. that wasn’t even the presidents budget in the EARLY form it was. It was cherry picked by Republican Senators & was forced to a vote. Why you ask? Because, Republicans & the world new Dems wouldn’t vote for it in the form it was; Just so people like you can say “Look Look 99-0 Obama lost” it was the same trick Boehner tried to pull this time, yet he was embarrassed by his own party on the House floor.

  • UpAndOver

    Harry hasn’t brought a bill to a vote…

    No budget for 4 years…

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Ben: You put out the numbers that make sense. Looks like most of the FNC shows had over a 2 million cume and your numbers that show that MSNBC only had beaten Fox in a couple of time periods by five-figures shows just how little winning the demo really is in a nation of 340-million people. MILLION, yes.

    And, you Bozos who keep attempting to tie the cable news networks in with Republican-Democrat politics, are…well, Bozos. All during Obama’s first time, Fox News led 25-54 demos AND numbers in the millions.

    Stop trying to convince anyone that Maddow beating Hannity by ONLY 33,000 is a big f-ing deal, in the parlance of Joe Biden. It;s NOT when you see how Fox slaughters MSNBC in most every other time slot in the demo.

  • beedavisjr

    Mitch McConnell famously said it was his Job to make President Obama a one-term president. So don’t be surprised a budget hasn’t been passed in 4 years.

  • Diamond Dave


    “MSNBC wins in prime time. That’s when people have time to sit down and watch TV.”

    25-54 demo:


  • Doug Z

    John Kerry, who will be nominated later today to be the next secretary of state, is the richest member of the U.S. Senate. His estimated net worth is, at minimum, $198.65 million, according to disclosure forms.
    john kerry

    Kerry’s disclosure forms also reveal that he has invested in companies accused of doing business with Iran.

    Of course, John Kerry, Pete du Pont, and the Rockefellers all Democrats are for the little people.

  • Doug Z

    John Kerry, who is expected to be nominated as secretary of state later this afternoon, has made frequent visits to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

    Assad is now under fire for mass murdering his own civilians, as he fights an internal war to keep his position of power. Even Obama has called for Assad to go

  • Moncon

    John Kerry who moved his yacht out of Massachusetts to avoid paying taxes on it. Democrats are such hypocrites.

  • joe

    @other Joe, stuck in the 1860s, is that why South Carolina now has a black senator

  • 1966

  • Larry in Phoenix

    Former US Marine Jon Hammar was finally released today. His eventual freedom was NOT due to the efforts (non efforts) of the following people:
    (1) President Obama and his entire administration (2) Hillary Clinton (3) MSNBC minions Maddow, Schultz, O’Donnell, Matthews, Sharpton. (3) Huffinton Post (4)ABC, (5) CBS (6) NBC (7) Current TV (8)all progressive media programs…and I could go on and on. All of the aformentioned could not have the time to mention Hammar’s plight. No time. Could not have cared less. Not important. Only NBC Reporter Richard Engles’ detention and eventual release was extensvely covered, overshadowing Jon Hammar’s
    imprisonmet in a Mexican jail as non-existent. It took the efforts of Bill O’Reilly to marshall the people of infuence who were willing to do devote the effort and time to secure Hammar’s release. Ask Hammar’s parents who took up the banner for them to get the machinery rolling. Both of Hammar’s parents expressed gratitude to O’Reilly and his staff for the follow through that got it done.

  • 1966

  • Mark2

    Rachel is on FIRE!!!

    -Once again Rachel destroys Hannity and Lawrence beats Greta.

    -MSNBC wins the key demo in 2 out of the 3 Primetime slots.

    Yep, things are back to normal.

  • Moncon

    Right on Larry :)
    Not one mention on the Obama channel

  • Mark2


    This is for you:

  • 1966

    thank you mark2

  • Hillbilly
  • Hillbilly

    I count 20 shows higher than Bill O’s 3396 on Friday. So depending on Friday’s (Gold Rush is a behind the scenes show) ratings Bill O should make the list.

    There could be some shows on Nick or Disney that get more than 3396. I don’t know what their airing. No matter what i don’t see 2 cable news shows making the list. (Top 25 weekly) So AppleStinx will be paying for me to get into 1966’s mansion for a year. :cool:

  • usa8888

    Wayne “the stone” La Pierre of the NRA made an absurd statement today advocating having guns in schools. The vast majority of Americans, even Republicans, thought it was ridiculous and would be ineffective. The cost would be tens of billions–maybe hundreds of billions, but more importantly, it would not work. It didn’t work at Columbine. One policeman against a heavily armed (with assault type rifles and pistols with tumbling and fragmenting bullets), body armor, and the element of suprise would be no match. You would need to turn every school, movie theatre, mall, business in the country into a fortress with batallions of soldiers in each–absurd. Just regulate the lethal weapons and their bullets and huge magazines. But “The Stone” wants to have a lethal weapon in every pocket so he can keep his money flowing from the gun manufacturers and big money interests. He doesn’t care about school children………..

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