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.

  • Doug Z


    The taker and the giver phrase is nothing but propaganda. Which is simply happened is a manufacturing and natural resources have moved out of the country and you are not producing product, which produces wealth, taxis, paychecks, and other revenue. With the average income going up in the medium income not going up. You have a bigger discrepancy between rich and poor. All the people that lost their jobs that had good paying jobs that turn to entitlements. of some kind did so because the lost of wealth in the United States.

    I just hate propaganda. I totally agree it is a huge problem.

  • Doug Z

    Posted December 22, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    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.

    Matthew, how can you say there is no law in economics. It is worse than law made by man, for it is like gravity being that it is an unavoidable. When a country has no product or money. There is an economic law that it will not be able to buy anything. The same holds true for your household.

    it is not economic theory that when too much money chases fewer goods. You will have inflation. This is a fact. When 10 people are bidding on my motorcycle. I would get more money for it. When one person holds me over the barrel. I will get less

  • Doug Z


    I can tell you have not been here long. For one, you start by name-calling. That shows a lack of education or writing ability. Or maybe you just have nothing to say.

    I am not a Republican. I have not voted Republican since Ronald Reagan. I am a monetary neocon. Meaning I believe in balanced budgets only. I believe everything else is of little importance. At this time.

    Actually, I would pick into libertarian being . I am a liberal on social issues.

    You are a newcomer so I will accept your apology knowing that you are intelligent by your writing. You will also find that you probably agree with half of I say and disagree with the other half. Being that I do not. Into the so-called conservative or so-called liberal box.

  • d.d


    This is downright depressing.

    75 Economic Numbers From 2012 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe


    Links provided in article

  • Doug Z


    #6 Median household income in the U.S. has fallen for four consecutive years. Overall, it has declined by over $4000 during that time span.

    #13 The U.S. share of global GDP has fallen from 31.8 percent in 2001 to 21.6 percent in 2011.

    Thank you very much for posting that website. This is what I’ve been trying to say for a long time.

    What we have is an economic perfect storm in the United States and Europe

  • cathy

    @Doug Z,

    You can call the taker and giver propaganda. But I’m not repeating it because it was something I heard. I see it daily. I see the entitlement at many levels. From the college students crying about the cost of tuition but use student loan money to take a cruise for spring break – to senior on Social Security complaining about only getting a 2% increase while loading their RV for their cross country trip – I’ve got lots more.

    I think the problem is that we are not manufacturing as much in the U.S. I think it has more to do with government regulation and union control.
    There are lots of natural resources in the U.S. the problem is in the government regulations.

    Why do you think you aren’t manufacturing?

  • Doug Z


    Seniors only getting a 2% increase in Social Security does not really hurt them like it will. The Social Security beneficiaries in the future. If inflation is really running at 5%. They are beating future Social Security beneficiaries added 3%. If they can do that for 30 years future beneficiary of Social Security will be beat out at 90% at least check.

    That will solve the problem of Social Security because future beneficiaries will not be receiving much money after indexing for inflation.

  • Doug Z


    We are not manufacturing product simply because the day they invented the intermodal transport system or simply a box. It goes on the back of a truck. They made shipping on huge ships very efficient and cheap. Today, there is almost no shipping costs for small products like tires. They can smash over 30,000 tires in one box.

    We shipping being so efficient and cheap. The United States and Europe cannot pay its employees anymore money than you can pay a person in a Third World nation. That is simple economics. The country or company that can produce it the cheapest will win. As in all economics. There will be in equilibrium with a Third World nations increase their pay and till they make the same amount as the industrialized nations. Of course, the industrialized nations pay will fall until the equilibrium occurs.

    It is simple. The industrialized nations have to demand that all countries selling to them purchase the same amount of product to retain their wealth or the law of supply and demand will eventually work.

  • Doug Z


    The UAW worker makes less money than his predecessor. They have been taking concessions for years. I know people that work at Chrysler and General Motors) St. Louis. Anybody tells you otherwise it is a lie or propaganda.

    Union workers in manufacturing make a lot less money than their fathers. They just cannot compete with Third World nations and cheap labor in the intermodal shipping system that is so efficient.

    In the old days they had to fill a ship one box at a time. It was terribly inefficient and very costly. Today they feel that ship up with inner mobile boxes. Shipping is so cheap. The Chinese don’t even want these inner mobile boxes back. They cannot afford to ship these boxes back to China empty. This is the same thing that happened to Rome’s economy. The ships would come to Rome full and leave empty

  • 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…and they want to needlessly increase the defense budget. 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…..

  • usa8888

    Fox, the right wing GOP propaganda network, isrunning puzzling headlines on its website: that the wealthy will leave LA and SF for the East because Brown raised their taxes slightly. Obviously, the FOX writer has never been out of NYC. Only an idiot would trade SF or LA for NYC…and for a slight tzx increase when you a making millions and it has NO effect on your lifestyle??? Next, Fox says “critics” (translation: right wing kooks) are objecting to the EPA’s stricter pollution regulations. “Critics” would like no regs at all…just pollute the air, water, and poison everyone so a few wealthy people can make a few extra bucks. When I want a laugh, I go to Fox.

  • Bobbyv


    There’s an old infantile saying that applies to some of your nasty posts: It takes one to know one.

  • d.d

    Fox, the right wing GOP propaganda network, is running puzzling headlines on its website: that the wealthy will leave LA and SF for the East because Brown raised their taxes slightly. Obviously, the FOX writer has never been out of NYC. Only an idiot would trade SF or LA for NYC


    I didn’t read a thing about NYC as possible resident transfers for rich Californians ….mentioned are Nevada, Texas, Florida , &, Arizona, none of which are in the East, nor, did the Fox article state that.

  • Faith3

    Thanks for the article d.d.
    I’ve been talking about the income gap like a broken record for awhile but perhaps this article will open other people’s eyes to the REAL issue in education. A problem politicians are trying to avoid when they pander to the base and both sides (Dems and Reps) are trying to point fingers as a “teacher/union” issue because scapegoating is more fun and perhaps wins votes. Sad but most of our issues are being diverted. NO wonder nothing is getting solved.

  • Mark

    @Doug Z

    I always get a good chuckle at republican debates how many times the name Reagan gets brought up(I’m like Reagan, Ronald Reagan believed in this, etc). It’s almost comical, hell even Obama on a few occasions drops the “Reagan did this” comment(almost as an in your face type comment). In general it seems like the Ronald Reagan republicans talk about now is some mythical figure that never existed


    The whole giver and takers discussion is a bunch of BS. You don’t think alot big business people who support the Republicans want free stuff(ie tax benefits, subsidies, etc) or at least rules that will make it easy for them to walk all over us and make more money? Let’s face it their is takers on both sides and questions is who would you rather see doing the taking(In my opinion the choice is 1. poor people who giving them a helping hand will help stimulate the economy or 2. Big Business who giving them freebees and tax cuts will help them fill up their Caymam Islanders or Swiss bank accounts with minimal benefit to the US? Looking at giving out stuff as stimulus to the economy, I think you get more bang for the buck giving it to the people who can use it as opposed to people who just want to make more cash)

  • Matthew

    Matthew, how can you say there is no law in economics. It is worse than law made by man, for it is like gravity being that it is an unavoidable.

    Absolutely not. If economies were as predictable as gravity, the 2008 collapse would have never happened in the first place. If economies were as predictable as gravity, for you personally, you would be a trillionaire. The most mediocre astronomer in the world can tell you the exact date that lunar eclipses will occur, 4200 years from now. The best economist in the world can tell you what the economy MIGHT look like six months from now, and four of his best colleagues will probably disagree with him.

    it is not economic theory that when too much money chases fewer goods. You will have inflation. This is a fact.

    And here, we get to why I don’t put much stock in hyperinflation hysteria. There’s an important element missing from your equation there – We have the ‘too much money’ (potentially), but what that money ISN’T doing is chasing fewer goods, outside of the food and fossil fuel sectors. Part of the reason why inflation has been well below what the doom and gloom people claim (hope), and why 2008 was even a deflationary year, is because demand has remained low.

    Not just here, but everywhere. Some people even whisper (and I’ll admit, I’m repeating hearsay, not repeating something that’s validated fact) that China is hiding tremendous local government level debts that it’s been using to prop itself up post 2008. Where is the high demand that would facilitate a supply-side price hike? Even our present money flow is just enough to maintain the status quo, not to create artificially high demand.

    The importance of United States stability in the global economy cannot be overstated. If inflation is hurting America, it’s hurting EVERYONE. We are the global super consumer. If we operate under the most basic premise – that the market is rational – United States hyperinflation is an irrational market response, self-destructive, it would ultimately hurt suppliers and grind China’s economic growth to a halt.

  • Matthew

    When a country has no product or money.

    I’ll respond to this as well before I leave. While it’s true that manufacturing has great multipliers, we need to understand that the days of the self-contained economy are as long gone as self-contained tribal economies. This is the inevitable result of the onward march of civilization and technology.

    Once upon a time, in your small tribe, the families best suited to blacksmithing would do the blacksmithing. As trade and technology improves, perhaps your tribe’s blacksmithing is rendered obsolete. We’ve seen this flow within the United States – those tasks best suited to certain cities will flow to those cities, then they flow only into certain states, then they leave the country entirely. This is inevitable. We are now a global tribe, and each aspect of the economy has flowed to those countries where the task is best suited.

    What is China good for? Human assembly lines. The United States, not so much. As you say, the only way this will reverse is if Chinese Labor collectively demands to be brought up to the living and working standards of the West. This does not mean, however, that in this crazy global tribe, that America is obsolete. What we’ve traditionally been great at is R&D, we’re the innovators, we’re the idea people. We can still be that country, with the right kind of government policy and investment.

    Just because we’re not making and mining things, that doesn’t somehow mean it’s the end of the economy. It’s truly over when what we’re ‘selling’ is something that nobody else wants to buy, so G-d help us if the anti-intellectualism movement in this country has it’s way. We need big ideas and big goals, like the Apollo era, and a hefty investment in making sure bright people are pursuing STEM jobs.

  • Bsotgnw

    usa888.. Read and learn, four businesses a day leave California
    the Great California Exodus – Wall Street Journalonline.wsj.com/…/SB1000142405270230444460457734053186105…Cached
    You +1’d this publicly. Undo
    Apr 20, 2012 – Nearly four million more people have left the Golden State in the last two … more Americans were settling in California each year than were leaving. … According to the Tax Foundation, California has the 48th-worst business tax climate. … “One day somebody’s going to put on the ballot, let’s take every …

  • AppleStinx

    The new income tax rates in California are supposed be retroactive to the beginning of 2012. Those who took too much time deciding whether to leave may be sorry.

  • usa8888

    Fox is pushing the NRA’s pathetic and completely unworkable response to assault weapon massacres. The whole country has classifed Wayne as delusionary but Fox is lending him a little support. Fox is implying that increasing taxes on the wealthy cause loss of jobs, which, especially in a recession, is incorrect. Further, California will be fine in terms of companies moving in and out. Most companies will not be deterred by slightly higher taxes–there are many more variables to connsider, the most important of which is a growing customer base. And Fox continues to push the birth controlbrew-ha-ha as it relates to Obamacare. This can easily be worked out and if backward thinking companies (like Domino’s Pizza) want to thwart birth control because of erroneous religious beliefs, they can….

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