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.

  • Matthew

    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…

    In light of both the recent election, and polling on a variety of issues (including how most Americans view the two parties), you would have to be an absolute fool to believe this. Inch by inch, the Republican party has shifted the Overton window for their base, such that many of those center right people suddenly find themselves being labeled ‘RINOs,’ and unwelcome in their own big tent. Voting ‘blue dog’ is, in essence, the moderate/center-right vote in this country, because you have nowhere else to turn.

    Being that you are ancient, you must have seen such shifts (and their eventual corrections) before. In the post FDR era, big liberalism kept pushing and pushing and pushing until Democrats were unelectable at the national level for a long stretch, until A.) Republicans screwed up bad enough to make Democratic presidents viable and B.) the Democrats ran a Southern moderate for their national candidate. We’ll know whether the Republicans have learned their lesson in 2016 by whether they run someone viable like Christie or Rubio, of if they run a clown like Santorum.

  • AppleStinx

    Here’s a shot from a not-so-distant past, when MSNBC’s ratings in the A25-54 demo (meaningless to most of the readers here) at 8pm was competitive with FNC’s.


  • d.d

    We’ll know whether the Republicans have learned their lesson in 2016 by whether they run someone viable like Christie or Rubio, of if they run a clown like Santorum

    No, no ,no, Santorum, please, no . I wouldn’t go so far as to call him a clown, though. I just don’t think the same social issues should have to fit all citizens , &, Santorum disagrees.


    I have learned from the discussions here , both , pro & con , gun control .

    This is interesting.

    Smart guns” show promise, but not readily available on U.S. market


  • AppleStinx

    It is cold.

  • Doug Z


    In the beginning the tea party was a one issue party. Their issue with smaller government. There were no social or moral issues. They even rejected Republicans trying to hijack the party because they were not tea party type. We need to get back to a one issue party. That only issue needs to be a balanced budget.

    Social and moral issues when the manufacturing and your economy is collapsing are just a smokescreen. So the voters do not care or understand the problem.

    As for a conservative Republican, Ronald Reagan was the biggest pending increaser in the history of the country. He also increased taxes, more than any other president in history. He gave amnesty to illegal aliens. So the only thing he was conservative on were moral and social issues. The Republicans have no conservative to idolize. Ronald Reagan said all the right things but the statistics do not backing up.

    Ronald Reagan has the greatest soundbites in my lifetime. He said all the right things and the Republican Party wants to pretend he was conservative. The Republican Party has had no president that didn’t increase spending as much or more than a Democrat in my lifetime.

    Even Herbert Hoover had bigger deficits and more spending increases then Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Roosevelt did not have big deficits until 1938. He was preparing for war at that time.

  • cathy

    Don’t use people realize when you make statements like:
    “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.”

    That comment only showed how WEAK Obama is as a President! You are saying that Mitch McConnell had more power than Obama. The Dems had the House and Senate the first two years of his presidency and there was no budget.

    Just keep coming up with excuses on why your beloved President can’t get a deal.
    And your statements of the GOP being only old white racist men doesn’t hold water. Do a little research people.
    1) It was the GOP that freed the slave, it was the dems how fought to keep them enslaved.
    2) It was a democratic Governor Orval Faubus (or Rubus) that used National Guards to block black student from entering Little Rock High School. It’s was Republican President Eisenhower who sent in federal troops to allow entry and protect the children.
    3) In 1960 Congress approves a watered-down voting rights act after a filibuster by Democratic Southern senators.
    4) During the civil rights movement (started mainly because of the oppression of black rights in Southern States) the Southern States had Democratic Governors.
    5) In 1963 Democratic Governor George Wallace attempted to stop black students from attending a number of schools
    6) In 1960’s Congress passes Civil Rights Act declaring discrimination based on race illegal after 75-day long filibuster leaded by Democrats.
    7) The democratic party has had a number of Ku Klux Klan members including Harry Truman, Robert Byrd and David Duke. David Duke become a Republican in 1982 and is the only republican to be a Klan member.

  • Matthew

    That comment only showed how WEAK Obama is as a President! You are saying that Mitch McConnell had more power than Obama.

    And? Since when is the president supposed to be more ‘powerful’ than the Senate? By design, the president only has as much authority to execute as he is granted by the legislative branch, save for those powers that are explicit in the Constitution.

    To say that the Democrats controlled both houses for two years of his presidency is to imply that, somehow, they should have been able to easily move legislation; this is not the case. Over 300 pieces of legislation that passed the House ended up dying in the Senate because of filibusters, motions to recommit, and other such stalling nonsense, and now House Republicans are getting a taste of similar BS from Reid.

    We have a legislative branch that has collectively decided to not function, and I do think they (as in, both Congressional Republicans and Democrats) are much more at fault here than the president. Whatever his other imperfections, I think he’d rather sign legislation that gives him 50% of what he wants, rather than sign nothing at all.

    As for the rest of your Blah Blah Blah about the way Democrats and Republicans used to be, that’s both entirely accurate AND entirely relevant. The Republican party of the 1860s was fantastic, but parties will largely be judged by voters for it’s recent history, and the Southern Strategy is what’s recent history for the Republican party. They can either acknowledge this, and be proactive in changing it, or they can have yet another primary with a bunch of wink-wink nudge-nudge rhetoric.

  • Matthew

    *^—- entirely irrelevant

  • Doug Z

    Posted December 22, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Don’t use people realize when you make statements like:
    “Mitch McConnell famously said it was his Job to make President Obama a one-term president.

    The Democrats use that statement just for propaganda. Anybody with an education knows this. When people make dumb statements like that for propaganda purposes. The educated know

  • Doug Z


    The South has always been for states rights and a very conservative. After the Civil War. Nobody in the South could be a Republican for that was the party of Abraham Lincoln.as time went by the South being conservative he could not live with the liberal democratic mindset of the northern Democrat. The people became Republicans. Because of this.

  • Doug Z


    If the automatic increases in government spending were got rid of and we had a nonfunctional government meeting they could pass no laws or spend any other money I would be the happiest man in the world and it would not take very long to balance the budget. But, liberals do not want to balance the budget or give up any of their freebies, both Democrats and Republicans. So our money, called the dollar will crash and we will have great inflation, which will only hurt the common person. Corporations and rich people will just raise prices on the common people

  • d.d

    Doug Z

    I am a proud member of a TN tea party. While there are probably those who attend that wish we focused on social issues , we don’t . This has kept our group cohesive & involved . No question , we were disappointed with the results of the 2012 election, but, we didn’t ignore the polls that favored Obama . Our group knew what the results would be prior to the election. Discount the majority of the polls at your own risk.

    Our main focus was & is still on changes we can affect on the local & state level. We don’t have the lobbying power of big companies,or the unions that bus in members, but, we follow bills & appear at the state capitol on a regular basis. I feel that what I do matters more than someone who spouts off with words only.

    “The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs.’ ~Vance Havner

    I keep “nudging” Matthew to get more involved. Talent should be used.


    Another Reuters article:

    for Faith3

    The Unequal State of America: a Reuters series

    Over the past 20 years, America’s best-educated state – Massachusetts – experienced the second-biggest increase in income inequality.


  • Doug Z


    I do not remember the time frame but the 1% is up 870%, while the bottom is up 130% on their income. When times were good. Our average income was on the rise but the medium income was not. There was a big discrepancy occurring between the average in the medium income. Of course this is all caused by our loss in manufacturing and natural resources. The high school graduate in the future is doomed to poverty. How long can you destroy with the majority of the people due to make a living before the revolution occurs. Revolutions are very dangerous because you do not know who will win.

  • 1966

    good morning/afternoon

  • Mark

    @Doug Z
    As for a conservative Republican, Ronald Reagan was the biggest pending increaser in the history of the country. He also increased taxes, more than any other president in history.
    I am no Reagan fan because I do agree his focus on defense spending was beyond ridiculous, that being said it should be pointed out he reduced Taxes drastically, then did slight increases 11 times after that so if you go on his net decrease it was rather large(I believe 70 highest rate before he was president, 28 when he left).

    All that being said yeah it does seem like some conservatives paint up this false image of Reagan to be something he wasn’t. As many democrats love pointing out, if Ronald Reagan ran today on the platforms he had in the 1980s, he would be slaughtered in a Republican primary

  • Matthew

    So our money, called the dollar will crash and we will have great inflation, which will only hurt the common person.

    When? When does the hyperinflation come, and why does the market move in this direction? The problem with talking about economics in these terms (and I’m as guilty of this as anyone else) is that it is, in essence, attempting to predict human behavior. There is no natural law that governs the economy, the United States will suffer hyperinflation when the market (humans) determines it is good and appropriate for the United States dollar to do so.

    The big issue you’re missing here is that, besides the fact that it presumes to know the future, it also requires that a significant proportion of the market not be rational actors. Macroeconomics is not a zero sum game – someone else’s loss is not necessarily your gain, particularly not in the era of globalization. The collapse of the United States dollar would be extraordinarily bad for the Eurozone, China, and Japan, the only economies that could conceivably replace the U.S. in reserve currency preeminence.

    And, of course, there’s the fact that all of those places, particularly China, are practicing even worse monetary policy than the United States. All the GDP growth in the world doesn’t matter when you’re an autocratic state that’s practicing capital controls – the global market is not going to trust you. And that’s where we’re at – America remains the least terrible option in town.

    You could view it as the Emperor’s New Clothes, except we’re all the Emperor, and the American dollar is our clothes; sure, we can look at some of the Fed’s actions and say “the Emperor has no clothes, the Emperor has no clothes,” but whom does that benefit?

    Last, but not least, you cannot discount America’s military in global market trends. This may not seem like the sort of thing that would be relevant, but I can guarantee you it’s a consideration for our global neighbors. Economic collapse leads, inevitably, to a collapse of social and civic order… which means the United States is suddenly Somalia, but with a nuclear arsenal. You might look toward history to see that when a superpower falls hard economically, it tends to be bad for the rest of the world.

  • beedavisjr

    Cathy & Doug Z

    Sorry unlike you im no loyalist to a party. I love issue on both sides. but for one, Cathy you said I only use that line that is propaganda. Yet you turn into the Class A hypocrite & bust out the “Republican party freed slaves” wtf? The Republican party is nowhere NEAR what they use to be. so Cathy & Doug Z, you both are hypocrites. I love being an Independent. Because it allows me to look at both parties through an independent lens.
    Yet, your party has shifted so far right from center that even Senator Graham looks Moderate. That’s BAD!!! I would vote for a Republican, but the way the conservative movement is headed, it looks like 2016 is going to be a Republican Obliteration. & I originally grew up in Utah!!!! so I know extreme. Now im in Louisiana.

  • Doug Z


    Ronald Reagan’s lowering of the tax margins was offset by deductions. I will quote Ronald Reagan himself. My new tax plan is revenue neutral. I don’t believe that Ronald Reagan would lie. The Democrats did not like it, so they called it a tax decrease. The Republicans loved it. So they called it a tax decrease. But to quote Ronald Reagan. It is revenue neutral.

  • cathy

    I think the country is left of center and I think that is a bad thing.

    We are becoming a nation of takers not givers. A nation of people believing that the Government is the answer. That the government owes us. That a high paying job is a right, not something that you need to work hard to get and keep. A group of people that deny its their actions or inaction’s which causes their problems. A group of people who blame others. (It’s never Obama’s fault. It’s always the republicans.) We are running away from personal responsible and going as far as blaming objects for our problems. (The resent murder of 20 children was caused by a mad man and a gun owner’s irresponsibly. We have a right to arms but a responsible to keep them away from unstable people and criminals.)
    Our arrogance is only equaled by our ignorance. We have pulled away from capitalism and are running to socialism. Even though capitalism (with limited government regulations) has made the U.S. economy the largest in the world. The U.S. dollar is the petrol-dollar. No socialist country has ever achieved the worth of the U.S. Socialism has lead to the collapse of many economies. What we call poverty in the U.S. would be called wealthy to lower middle class in every other country in the world.

    So, yes times are changing. Let me be the first to congratulate the libs and progressives in this country for these wonderful changes. Changes that have caused the failure of many countries before us. Yet, their arrogance makes them believe the only reason socialism failed before, was because they weren’t the people trying it.

  • Doug Z


    And do not forget he more than doubled Social Security tax from 7.2% to 15.23%. He also brought the point at which you do not have to pay any more from $120,000 a year to 60,000. That Way, Social Security was able to collect even more revenue. This is the biggest tax increase in history. Look it up, Google it. The heritage foundation and all Republicans like to forget little things like this. My taxes did not go down or up when Reagan changed the tax. Just like he said it was revenue neutral.

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