Cable News Ratings for Friday, December 21, 2012

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December 24th, 2012

Today, we only have Total Day and Primetime data.  If we receive program data later , we’ll add it. Apologies & Happy Holidays!


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Friday, December 21, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,162            225            456
CNN         485            150            230
MSNBC         639            193            295
CNBC         180             42             86
FBN           58             12             22
HLN         243            106            137
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,654            237            602
CNN         575            182            264
MSNBC         965            247            439
CNBC         235             72            102
FBN           73             19             29
HLN         377            107            177

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.

  • 1966

    merry christmas and a happy new year to everybody!!!

  • TZCA

    Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Santa Claus lane…. {{whistling the tune}}.

  • Patrick W.

    Foxnews OVERALL champ again!!!! The Sharpton Channel is second again!!!

  • Patrick W.

    Merry CHRISTmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Faith3

    You are all awesome! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • 1966

  • Pam Slicker

    Merry Christmas to all at Fox News! Love you guys.

  • usa8888

    Another big win for MSNBC over Fox in the demo in prime time……

  • NJCaliboi

    There is no “overall champ”…lol. The BIG winner is whoever wins the demo that sets the advertising rates. That’s how they can afford to overpay their -so-called news reporters.

    Fox, more often than not, wins that ‘all important’ demo- but ever since the election MSNBC has had a few wins over Fox and have made that rating demo competitive.

    We can count this day’s rating a win for MSNBC so lefties get to have this victory. I’m assuming the righties will have more good days than bad days so until that changes fox is still king- just not in this day

  • lbsles

  • lbsles

    Don’t Fear the Fiscal Cliff, Fear Obama’s Regulatory Cliff

    Obama’s economic policies and stealth regulations are the reason we have suffered under the worst economic recovery in US history.

    The public also didn’t learn until after the election that they will each have to pay a $63 fee, thanks to new ObamaCare regulations.

    In essence, this is a surprise $25 billion tax hike — imposed on everyone, middle-class families included — to offset what the administration admits will be a massive disruption in the insurance market once ObamaCare’s rules kick in.

    According to the National Federation of Independent Business, a total of more than 4,000 federal rules are in the works, just the 13 biggest of which would cost more than $515 billion in compliance costs over four years.

    In his first three years in office, Obama already showed himself to be a historically aggressive regulator, issuing 37% more “economically significant” regulations than President Bush did in his first 3-1/2 years, according to White House data.

    An analysis by the Heritage Foundation finds that Obama actually imposed nearly four times as many new rules as Bush had.

    In his first term, Obama tried to pretend he wasn’t a big regulator, ordering his agencies at one point to scrub the books for outdated or duplicative rules.

    But without a re-election to worry about, Obama has little reason to sustain this pretense.

    And, since federal rules are virtually impossible to undo once imposed, he has every reason to push regulators to do more and embed his legacy deep into the American economy.

    The only thing Obama will have to figure out is whom he’ll blame for the economic disaster his regulatory onslaught will cause


  • lbsles

    For those un-informed voters/dumbocrats on this website:

    Appeals Court Orders Obama to Revise Contraception Mandate

    The Washington, D.C., Curcuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Obama administration must follow through on a vow to revise requirements for employers who offer health insurance to fund contraception for employees.

    Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College are among several religiously-affiliated institutions that filed suit over the contraception mandate, saying that it violates their First Amendment-protected beliefs, reported Fox News.

    The ruling did not overturn the mandate itself, which includes an exemption for religious institutions themselves, such as churches, but not for ones like hospitals.

    Even before suits had been filed, the administration had said it would craft a system to exempt appropriate institutions, which the Court called a “binding commitment” in its ruling.

    Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!

  • Diamond Dave

    Of course, it should be noted that O’Reilly and Hannity were off for the night. That usually impacts their ratings. But MSNBC is doing awesome for sure. I guess there’s room for everyone in the cable news business.

  • usa8888

    Ibsles–it’s a good thing that the American people soundly defeated right wing radicals whose philosphy you (and the demented, bigoted Ted Nugent) represent. Most t-bags were defeated and Bachmann barely won by a few votes. Of course, there is NO regulatory problem with Obama–the right would prefer polluted air, water and food so a few corporations could make an extra buck…but that would be more than offset by the disease and ill-health caused by not having regulations. If the moderate Repubs could just control the largely uneducated right wing radicals and get them to vote on the fiscal solution which Obama and the American people prefer, it would be a good thing. But the right wing radicals want the US to default on the debt it has already incurred; they want no tax increases for greedy super rich because they are in bed with Grover Norquist; and they want to raise taxes on the middle class (as they surrepticiously try to eliminate Medicare and Social Security). If these right wingers would just form their own country—somewhere far, far away……………..

  • 1nancy2

    D. Dave,
    There is room for everyone, thank goodness. It does not matter if Hannity was off, Rachael is hammering him night after night in the Demo, followed by Lawrence, who hammers Greta in the Demo. O’Reilly is doing well, however, I never watch his show, as he makes my BP rise. There is room for Dem’s and Repubs. at their cable stations. I just watch Rachel these days, sometimes, Ed. Can’t tolerate that SE Cupp or Joe S. Wish they would be replaced, but don’t think so. Joe’s been there for years and what a blowhard and that brillo pad voice of SE. These two are the best MSNBC has to offer? No thanks. So……….Merry Christmas and ’13….

  • 1966


  • usa8888

    I believe that the most likely fiscal bill scenario will be to wait unitl after the first of the new year because the right wing radicals in the House will never agree to anything that is logical or that the American People (and moderate Repubs) want. So….let everything expire and then the dems will introduce a bill that cuts taxes for the middle calss (implicity raising taxes for the wealthy)…then dare the right wingers to vote against it–If they did, it would really tick off the American People and the GOP could count on losing the House in 2014……….

  • usa8888

    Then we will have to deal with the right wing radicals in the House who will let the US default on its debt (which is already committed to). Maybe somebody on the moderate GOP side can educate these right wingers about economics over the Holiday Season and infuse some sense into them……but I doubt it…..

  • Bsotgnw

    usaa…. Soundly defeated with 50.7% of the vote

  • usa8888

    BS–soundly defeatly by 5 million votes and a HUGE majority in the electoral college, as well as all but 2 t-bags defeated, numerous seats picked up in Senate and many in House…Plus ALL the the polls in the country say the American People (including Republicans–except right wing radicals) side with Obama on his fiscal fix–on raising tax rates for the rich and keeping our commitment on the national debt. Note that the Rasmussen poll used by Fox “News” during the election was methodologically flawed –that’s why it was WRONG on all races……but Fox still used it………

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