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.

  • usa8888

    Hillbilly–that’s like saying the liberals are standing in the way of fiscal cliff solutions when it’s the right wing GOP that’s rejected everything the American People have said–the American People agree with Obama. The right wing even rejects what Boehner and the moderate GOP say. If the right wing would vanish, the country would be a whole lot better off–financially and morally……………..The right wing is in bed with Norquist and La Pierre, who are in the twilight zone…..

  • 1966


  • usa8888

    Right wingers–in case you have been asleep, the far right rejected Boehner’s propoal–they don’t any tax rate increase for millionaires and billionaires AND they want to increase middle class taxes. The right wingers are the Problem……………

  • BevAG

    @ 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.


    I agree!! I was being polite because it’s Sunday. lol

  • BevAG

    Bev <————-proud Right-winger. I'm looking for fiscal conservancy. Nothing I've seen so far from the Republicans or Democrats is showing that they're being fiscally conservative. I'm so proud that the "t-baggers" stood their ground. That's THE first win the Republican party has had in some time.

    Bev <————member of the NRA. I am proud of Wayne LaPierre's position that, "The only one that can deal with a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."

  • 1nancy2

    Now, what a hit: d.d. James, Faith, Boss Man…Welcome back..Always good to say hello to y’all. Of course Coffee and R.Boy..ditto…..I’ve been sick over this CT carnage and that awful, LaPierre put me in a really foul mood….Don’t worry, I’ll be my happy self soon. Cheers and good tidings to all.

  • 1966

  • cathy

    Why would someone need an assault weapon? So, you have never heard of home invasion? Home invasions are done when people are home to stole from the person and their homes. It is normal with a group of attackers up to six. So, six person are attacking your home. How many shots do you need to protect yourself and your family?

  • Bsotgnw

    A fourty foot shipping container holds about 44,000 pounds so to hold 30,000 tires they would need to be about a pound and a half each….not very likely. Sorry Dave

  • Mark2

    @Cathy “Everything you said about guns is wrong.”

    How so?…and be a little more specifc, instead of making a blanket statement.

  • UpAndOver


    The left hasn’t even tried…LOL…

  • cathy


    My post had the details not just the six words you decided to cut and paste.

  • Doug Z

    The “lion’s share” of persecution faced by Christians arises in countries where Islam is the dominant faith, the report says, quoting estimates that between a half and two-thirds of Christians in the Middle East have left the region or been killed in the past century.

    “There is now a serious risk that Christianity will disappear from its biblical heartlands,

  • Doug Z

    The report shows that “Muslim-majority” states make up 12 of the 20 countries judged to be “unfree” on the grounds of religious tolerance by Freedom House, the human rights think tank.

    It catalogues hundreds of attacks on Christians by religious fanatics over recent years, focusing on seven countries: Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria, India, Burma and China

  • Hillbilly

    BevAG – Bev <————-proud Right-winger. I'm looking for fiscal conservancy. Nothing I've seen so far from the Republicans or Democrats is showing that they're being fiscally conservative. I'm so proud that the "t-baggers" stood their ground. That's THE first win the Republican party has had in some time.


    I agree 100%. Let's hope they don't get soft over Christmas vacation. If they would say, sure we'll raise taxes after the spending cuts have run their course I bet Nobama & the liberals would say NO! Let the tax increases take effect in 2022.

    I don’t know why the R’s aren’t pointing out there’s no immediate cuts on the table. (Maybe 400-$500 billion over 10 years :???: ) All the polls say folks want spending cuts & of course higher taxes on the rich. Takes a brave (cough cough) politician to get behind taxing the rich. :roll:

  • Mark2

    @Cathy “My post had the details not just the six words you decided to cut and paste.

    6 words??? Did you mean 6 sentences?

    Anyways, your post did nothing but confirm what I already stated in one of the many points and statements that I had already made. Thanks for agreeing with me.
    Other than that, you didn’t cover any of other statements. Better luck next time.

    Happy Holidays to all of you…be back after the New Year.

  • Faith3

    Merry the day before Christmas.

    Why aren’t the Rs pointing out lack of spending cuts….perhaps because they would be called hypocrites. They have around the same dollar amount of cuts as the Ds only in different places. As usual, they want to protect their rich constitutes and stick it to everyone else. I can fully understand the motive of the wealthy but the rest I don’t get. No sense whatsoever.

  • Ratboy

    Good Morning from Ohio!!!!
    I am here with my Grandkids, son and daughter in law! Got here yesterday and if I survive the rug rats I will stay until Christmas night!!
    so I pulled in yesterday just as my son was unloading the kids from church so I got out of the car and went to say hi. I got back to the car and my dogs (one of them) had jjumped on the button and locked the doors! Yep, locked out! Yep, key in the ignition! Yep, noooooot happy! Took us about 40 minutes but my son and acoat hanger finally got it opened! I guess my puppys just wanted some alone time! :lol:

    For those who will not be around tomorrow, Merry Christmas!!

  • AppleStinx

  • 1966

    merry christmas everybody.

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