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.

  • Stan T

    Posted December 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM
    @Bsotgnw I’ll cite your own Washington Post WITH LINKS

    Bsotgnw never said the Washington Post, he said the Washington Times.

  • Stan T

    Posted December 21, 2012 at 5:06 PM
    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!
    You gotta stop watching MSNBC…the bill never came up for a vote…sorry, nice try though…

  • Stan T

    Posted December 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM
    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.


    Sorry Joe, but the country is still right of center…it’s the demcrats and MSNBC that are so far left that even moderate democrats are consider far right…

  • Stan T


    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.


    Nice try, but the republicans can’t force anythng to a vote in the senate..or at least one of their two dozen jobs bills would have made it to the floor…but alas, Harry Reid refuses to bring any of them to the floor becaue he knows enough dems would support them…

  • Stan T

    Posted December 21, 2012 at 7:02 PM
    @other Joe, stuck in the 1860s, is that why South Carolina now has a black senator


    He has an excuse thoug….MSNBC hasn’t even mentioned that the replacement for Demint was black. But eventually Al Sharpton may come out and say he’s not black enough to be black….lol

  • Stan T

    Posted December 21, 2012 at 7:48 PM
    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.

    Normal is slipping…normal used to be MSNBC won in all five primetime slots, and all the lefties here use to repeat it every day…until Fox knocked them out of all five…yes, the election gave MSNBC hosts a boost, but that boost is slowly fading…Rachel has dropped by a whole third of her viewers in the last few weeks…and most of the other MSNBC hosts are back to their pitiful selves.

  • Stan T

    oops…meant to say that MSNBC won in the demo…not total…lol

  • Hillbilly

    The extreme right-wing t-bagger views. :grin:

  • Stan T

    Here’s a fact for the MSNBC crowd, because MSNBC doesn’t bother with facts…

    An average of 55 people are killed by lightning each year.

    Using antigun champion Sen Feinstein’s own numbers, assault weapon statistics state that 358 homocides have taken place since 2004. That averages out to 48 per year.

    Thus, according to Sen. Feinstein, you are more likely to be killed by lightning that by an assault weapon. Wouldn’t it make more sense for her to demand that her Gobal Warming friends ban lightning? It would save more lives.

  • beedavisjr

    Stan T

    Oh! myyyyy bad! Washington Times. point is he wanted SOURCES

    And the bill didn’t come up for a vote because HIS own party forced him to remove his own bill because if you were watching C-Span he was begging his party to vote for it. Kinda pitiful.. after his party gave him the F-U he pulled his own bill. It was embarrassing for the speaker. & it showed how much his party is out of the mainstream. Republicans do not want to compromise. GOP put the debt ceiling up for leverage & Dems finally grew a back bone after calling GOP bluff. Learn your politics.

    no I don’t JUST watch MSNBC sorry I do my own research by looking at conservative & liberal news papers/blogs & read actual bills & form an opinion with common sense. Hence, why I am an Independent.

    Nice try trying to one up people on this site. Your conservative bias stinks.

  • beedavisjr

    Stan T,
    I don’t think you know how the senate works or haven’t been watching. Senator Reid has his own dems in lock step. it’s the GOP who are dysfunctional & Reid knows filibustering & unorthodox tactics the GOP have been using will only waste time. So he’ll wait for the next Congress where more Dems will be in play. There’s a reason a budget hadn’t been past in 4 years

    Didn’t some certain Senator acknowledge, it was his job to make the president a ONE TERM PRESIDENT? Welp, plan failed!!!!!

  • beedavisjr


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  • Iain

    The only person to get crushed was Piers Morgan has audience back in 700,000.

  • Mark2

    @Stan T “Sorry Joe, but the country is still right of center…it’s the demcrats and MSNBC that are so far left that even moderate democrats are consider far right…”

    No it’s not. The country has shifted towards the Left. Here’s some proof:

    1. Climate Change – 68% of Americans now believe that Global Wraming is a serious problem. (Rasmussen Poll)

    2. G/ay Marriage – 53% of Americans now believe it should be legal vs 46% who don’t. (Gallup Poll)

    3. Immigration – 65% of Americans now believe that Illegal Immigrants should be offered Legal status vs 36% who don’t. (Fox News Exit Poll)

    4. A/bortion – 59% of Americans now believe that a/bortion should be legal vs 36% who don’t. (Fox News Exit Poll)

    5. G/ays in the Military – DADT was repealed and majority of Americans support Gays serving in the Military.

    6. Marijuana Legalization – 56% of Americans are now in favor of marijuana legalization. (Fox News Exit Poll)

    7. Taxing the Rich – 19 Polls now show that the majority of Americans now support taxing those who make over $250,000. (including Fox News Poll)

    8. Democrats have won the Popular Vote in 5 out of the last 6 Presidential races.

    9. Americans have elected a very Liberal person (a Socialist according to Fox News and wingnuts) as our President for the last 2 Elections.

    10. 18 out of the 22 Tea Party backed Candidates lost in Election Day

    -The Times They are A-Changin’

  • Mark

    The extreme right-wing t-bagger views. :grin:
    I think the reason why many view the Republican party as extreme is they panders to many groups who don’t want to budge on certain issues. Picking guys like Akin and Mourdoch(ie senators who were so far right they lost seats in states they should have won) doesn’t help that perception.

    It just seems like collectively the Republicans won’t budge on some issues such as raising taxes(the idea that you should never ever for any circumstance raise taxes is ridiculous, I mean honestly the US went into 2 wars and what did the Republicans do, instead of raising taxes to pay for it they lower it), ab0rtion(honestly what was the point of making laws that forces women to get ultrasounds just because you can be a prick and do it. Look at the stance of no reason at all for ab0rtion int he Republican platform, couldn’t they say well maybe life of a person should be an exception) or Gun Control rights(the right has won this battle for the past 10 years and when some people think it might be nice to tone down a couple laws the right acts as if it’s the worst thing in the world). It just seems in general Republican candidates fear the special interest groups of the right more then the Democrats fear the special interest groups on the left

    I do think the Democrats in many cases allow their candidates to have alternate views then the extreme left POV and vote that way when they seem fit(it’s basically a deathwish to put far lefties in many senate or house districts elections and the primary crowd votes based on that most of the time). I think Jim Demint summed it up perfectly, he rather have 30 extreme Senators , rather then 60 moderate ones which is ridiculous because while 60 moderate Senators might not go the extremes you want, they have more of a chance pushing the agenda the way you want it to and getting many things to go in your favor. I do think the Republican party has to realize if they want to keep or gain control they have to give some senators and house members leeway to dissent against popular opinion of the party on occasion if it helps them win elections, without any fear of some far right special interest group threatening to primary them next election.

  • Mark2

    @StanT “normal used to be MSNBC won in all five primetime slots”

    Five??? Anyways, I guess you haven’t followed the Ratings over a long period of time. Fox News has was the ratings war in the key demos for every single show for the last several years. In fact, they used to double and even triple the key demo numbers of MSNBC in many of the shows.

    However that has all changed. Nowadays, Rachel actually beats Hannity in the key Demo and Lawrence beats Greta. It’s a huge turn-around from last year or even this year.

    Sure it’ll go back and forth depending on the day or if it’s breaking news, but the fact that MSNBC is even up there with Fox News in the key demo is a huge turn of events for MSNBC as a whole.

  • Mark

    9. Americans have elected a very Liberal person (a Socialist according to Fox News and wingnuts) as our President for the last 2 Elections.
    I am guessing many people who think Obama is a socialist, would consider Bush 43 to liberal

    4. A/bortion – 59% of Americans now believe that a/bortion should be legal vs 36% who don’t. (Fox News Exit Poll)
    As I pointed out above, having it on the platform of no exceptions is an extreme viewpoint. I am guessing a good number of that 59% are prolife but would side with having ab0rtion in special cases(ie life of the mother or rape) and an even larger number might not consider themselves either pro life or choice but believe ab0rtion is morally wrong and the government should find ways to cut down ab0rtion in general without waving it’s hand like some fascistic ruler. I totally get the idea of wanting to have less ab0rtions but you don’t do that by trying to create laws to humiliate women for no other sake then doing it, you should try implement programs that will cut down on women getting pregnant in the first place(but the problem for the social conservatives it promoting safe sex is morally wrong as well).

  • Jeff

    You boys are talking about a lot of numbers…..

    Don’t you know by now that arithmetic is not a Conservative Republican strength.

    Remember these are the tea party led economic traitors that feel cutting taxes for the wealthiest 1% will some how increase revenue. That a death panel to keep Great Grandma alive for 6 more EXTREMELY expensive weeks on life support on the taxpayers dime is bad, but cutting Medicare and Social Security for healthy seniors is just dandy!!

    Their polices of hypocrisy on every level just don’t work!

  • Gabriel

    Stan T
    Posted December 21, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Wouldn’t it make more sense for her to demand that her Gobal Warming friends ban lightning? It would save more lives.


    Jeez. Can we not have any meaningful discussion about guns without guys like you introducing foolishness into it?

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