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.

  • cathy

    To everyone: My givers and takers comment had nothing to do with the comments or statement about who pays taxes. It’s a statement about what I see from people all people. More people have become takers be they rich, middle class or poor. Greed is everywhere. And the first question you hear is “what’s in it be me?” at all levels.

    @Doug, I live in Detroit Area. I’m surround by autos. UAW members ‘sale out’ the new hires every contract. What do I mean, the contracts let the current workers get their pay increase but the new starting hourly pay goes down. So, of course auto workers are making less. However the average UAW member makes $29 an hour, that’s $60,000 a year to perform a work which requires no special training. This is part of the takers, I was talking about.

    Why are CEO’s salaries so high? One reason is with the 401Ks and IRA companies are owned by a large number of people. A companies board is voted on by the stockholders. The average person does not send in their vote. Stockholders are less active then 30 years ago.

    On our economies decline, there are three ways to increase wealth, mine it (natural resources), grow it (farming) and manufacture it (make products). You point only to cheaper labor in third world and cheap shipping as the cause of our decline. However, the price of oil have increased in the last four years, this would have made shipping prices increase and caused a rebound. (Haven’t seen it.) I believe you have fallen for the best piece of propaganda our government has feed us. Our government has us focused only on labor costs. Tell us it all about greed of CEOs.
    Have you forgotten that, Brazil, U.S., Russian and China have the most natural resources. We have a lot of natural resources. What is stopping us from mining them? Could it have anything to do with government regulations. We do need rules but have we given to far?
    The U.S. has the second largest farm land. Why aren’t we farming more and exporting it? (Is it because we haven’t adjusted to the cheap shipping price and shipped more international.) Is there something we are do here?
    Manufacturing. Is it truly just labor? Could it be taxes? Could it be regulations?

  • cathy

    USA8888, post links to support your facts. Stop lying.

  • usa8888

    The key ingredient to growth is INNOVATION. That’s what brought us radio, TV (and all its advances), McConald’s, etc. We do that better in the US than anywhere else, thanks to education and creativity. If we stop doing this, we are done. Probably the most important innovation we have seen in US history was broght to us by Bill Gates–Windows. It’s a good thing we have unselfish people like Gates who have helped improve the lot of others, which has helped the US and the world to improve. Too bad every millionaire and billionaire doesn’t think like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet…….

  • cathy

    I believe you blame the person for the violence. But then you can ask why was the person so violent. Of course what we are exposed to impacts what we become. What’s why it’s a parents responsibility to control what they allow their children to be exposed too.

    I don’t want my government to be BIG BROTHER.

    Here is a question that I know is asked many times. How can liberals say they are for personal rights and freedoms but be against gun ownership, schools of choice and the freedom to join a union or not join a union?

  • BevAG

    @usa: Bev–you argue the absurd, like Wayne. All countries which have gun restrictions have VERY low incidence of gun crimes. Only the right wingers–way out ringht wingers–agree with you , Bev…………

    usa, it’s not only the right wingers. The Democrats also can’t get the votes for restrictions because many Democrats are part of NRA and many Democrat districts are very much against gun control. the Democrats can’t get enough support for gun control, and they know it. That’s why they always put up lame bills for gun control that are meaningless.

    Everyone knows that except for people like you usa with your head in the sand.

  • BevAG

    @cathy, Here is a question that I know is asked many times. How can liberals say they are for personal rights and freedoms but be against gun ownership, schools of choice and the freedom to join a union or not join a union?


    Excellent question!!

  • Mark2

    The NRA has helped in creating a Gun Culture and an addiction that is becoming worse than Crack.

    With more than 300 million Guns on the streets, it has become a country of habitual buyers and users of this product.

    This has led to an epidemic of Gun Violence in America.

    The NRA is the Enabler, the Gun Manufacturers are the Suppliers, and the Gun Dealers are just that…Dealers…just like Drug Dealers.

    It’s time to curtail this epidemic once and for all and pass some common sense laws.

  • Mark2

    There’s actually over 132,000 schools.

    -We currently have about 10,000 schools with a security guard or police officer.

    -We would need an extra 122,000 officers to meet the NRA’s goal.

    -122,000 x $50,000 a year for each officer = $6.1 Billion

    -I hope the NRA and ‘Pepe Le Pew’ start raising a lot more money, cause the Republicans will never approve more Govt Spending, lol.

  • Mark2

    @Cathy “Here is a question that I know is asked many times. How can liberals say they are for personal rights and freedoms but be against gun ownership…”

    The vast majority of Liberals are NOT against Gunn ownership. Millions of Liberals own Guns…I even own one myself. We don’t want to take your Guns away or prevent you from owning a gun to protect yourself, your home, and your family.

    -What we Responsible Gun Owners want to do is prevent people from amassing arsenals…like that nutjob in Indiana who was just caught in Indiana with 47 weapons after threatening to kill more children.

    /-What we want to get rid of is Assault Weapons and High-Capacity magazines like the shooter used in Newtown. And yes, once that weapon was outfitted with a 30-round magazine, it is considered an assault weapon.

    -What we want is to get illegal guns off of the streets, especially in the inner cities.

    -What we want is to make it mandatory for people to go through thorough, and I mean thorough background checks before being able to buy a rifle or a handgun…especially at Gun Shows.

    -I, personally, want to take that one step further and require a mental evaluation to be conducted prior to being able to purchase a gun…it only makes sense.

    -It’s time for ALL of us to use a little common sense on how we go about being a Nation of Responsible Citizens, Parents, and Gun Owners.

  • Mark2

    ^…Gun ownership

  • usa8888

    The NRA is on the verge of collapse–the majority of its 4M members favor tighter gun regulations. Wayne’s position is indefensible, not to mention ridiculous and non-workable. It’s a good thing that cigarette’s are being essentially banned by high taxes and regulations–this keeps people from smoking, killing themselves, and using tax payers’ money to pay for their treatment as they die. Banning assault weapons, bullets, and magazines is for the sommon good. Gun enthusiasts can’t use hand granades or nuclear weapons just to see the explosions, though some NRA memeber would like these, too. The NRA is an anachronism whose time has passed. AND, it has nothing to do with the 2nd Amendment……….

  • cathy

    Usa8888, I agree that INNOVATION is an answer. And Bill Gates is a very giving person. But you are so wrong about Windows importance in U.S. history and giving Bill Gates the credit. (And I make my living in the IT field.) With Innovation I have to go:
    1) The stream engine. The railroad is the most important.
    2) The assembly line.
    3) The computer – then the personal computer, then GUI.
    The people who developed the Xerox Alto should get all the credit for the innovation. They created GUI which is what both Apple and Microsoft are built on. Sadly for the developer of Alto, someone in management at Xerox, who didn’t understand what they had gave the Alto code to both Gates and Jobs. You should watch “Pirates of Silicon Valley” I wouldn’t call it 100% factual be it good.

    Warren Buffet is the biggest tax avoidance person in this country. His close relationships with politicians is used to increase his wealth.

  • usa8888

    Two lunatics of the right, Norquist and La Pierre, will team up and try to get support for right wing billionaires (Koch bros and Adelson) to further their absurd rantings…………….

  • cathy

    Mark2, Everything you said about guns is wrong. There are 300 million legally owned guns in the U.S. We have no idea how many guns are on the streets because guns on the street are not legally owned.
    There are a large number of illegally manufactured guns on the streets of the U.S.

  • usa8888

    Cathy-there is NO need for people to have assault weapons, large magazines, and fragmenting bullets as far as the 2nd Amendment is concerned. For the common good, these weapons should be BANNED for citizens. Wayne said, “Call me crazy.” Ok, Wayne, you’re crazy…..

  • Hillbilly

    Those far left liberals are standing in the way of gun control. :razz:


    It also demonstrated that, along with the current president, Democrats have failed to champion reforms after previous acts of mass violence. While Republicans held the line on gun control, Democrats largely ducked, ever since they ratified the assault-weapons ban in 1994 and saw their majority in Congress disappear.

  • usa8888

    Hillbilly, you are smoking again……….

  • Hillbilly

    So where’s his $2.5 trillion in cuts? Tax increases take effect immediately, the cuts in spending? Full effect in 2022. :roll: I’ll bet you anything future congress’ won’t enact the cuts.

    The house R’s are tired of playing the game. They want cuts now. All the cuts that was part of raising the debt limit, how many were enacted? Very few if any. National polls are worthless in this debate. You have to go district by district to see if a congress person is voting against his people’s wishes.

    Obama is proposing $2.50 in spending cuts for every $1 dollar the government would raise in revenue by raising taxes on high income-earners and from eliminating corporate tax breaks.


    Discretionary spending, annual government outlays approved by Congress on everything from health research and pollution control to education and child care, is slated to decline from 8.7 percent of GDP in 2011 to 5 percent in 2022. As part of these cuts backs, the defense budget would decrease $487 billion.

    For all the blabbering about the house R’s blocking a deal…wheres the deal the D controlled senate passed? Oh that’s right they haven’t passed one. Just sitting in the corner crying about the houes R’s. :roll:

  • DB

    Bevag, I must disagree with you. USA8888’s head is not in the sand it is up his you know what. I am sorry but we must keep the record straight here.

  • Hillbilly

    I have the same problem she does. ;)

    After working as a dental assistant for ten years, Melissa Nelson Sara Bibel was fired for being too “irresistible” and a “threat” to her employer’s marriage.



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