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.

  • lbsles

    Tweet of Yesterday — KimJongNumberUn: People of North Korea: there is no Santa Claus. Also, no food.#HappyHolidays

  • d.d.


    I am so glad your MIL had a good outcome, for the older we get, the more more difficult it is to heal. BUT … My Dad is almost 93 & in August he was in ICU & given the Last Rites. When I talked to him yesterday , he had just navigated down & back up the basement stairs. So , some older individuals just do better than most. My Mom , not so much.

    We spent our Christmas with 7 other couples which is our traditional ‘Orphan Christmas,’ since none of us are brave enough to head back to snow territory this time of year.

    I like ‘Dirt Simple.’ I need a little bit of funk because I’ve been stuck in the ‘Fine Gardening’ mode which is more instructional, than creative.

    ‘Stone Gable’ is going to take me some time to go through . I’m way past making Croquembouche , but still make cream puffs. For ever day cooking, I use ‘ Taste of Home ’ & I’m getting a lot of good recipes on ‘Pinterest’ & ‘foodgawker.’

    I do love the chair & pillow in Fluffing the Guest Room.
    – –

    Rats, so sorry you’ve been punky . You WILL have better days ahead. My husband & I lived in Lima ,Ohio for 3 years. It was not our favorite place to live. I worked for Helping Hands & Hospice while living in Lima. We had black out areas we couldn’t even go in to.


    Also, agree CA decided to use austerity and it’s not looking so good for them.

    but, but, but,

    Illinois is tax & spend & “it’s not looking so good for them” either. I bet the ranch that BevAG would dispute California’s austerity. I know my sister living in the state would.

  • Matthew

    “A 5 to 1 ratio if we go over the fiscal cliff.

    I blame both parties for making such a lopsided deal.”

    You can blame the Democrats for designing such a lopsided deal, but it’s the GOP’s fault that they’re stuck with it. When they walked away from the grand bargain, they were almost certainly banking on the idea that the fiscal cliff wouldn’t ever be an issue. I’m speculating here, but I’d bet dollars to donuts that a lot of the GOP establishment, in 2011, felt certain that they’d be grabbing both the White House and the Senate after the next election, so why sign on to a deal that only gives you 50 – 60% of what you want, when you can hold out and get 100%?

  • lbsles

    MSNBC fools strike again

    MSNBC host Toure: Murder can be morally justified

    And of course he brings up slavery.

    MSNBC personality Toure, currently a co-host of the cable network’s mid-day chat show “The Cycle,” declared on his blog Monday that it’s morally acceptable for slaves to kill their owners.

    Toure made the declaration on toure.com, in a review of Quentin Tarantino’s new slavery-themed action film “Django Unchained.”

    “For the descendants of slaves, who live in a world still tangibly doused in slavery’s residue, watching Django kill his oppressors could possibly feel cathartic. If murder can ever be morally justified by the presence of clear, undiluted, sustained evil — and I believe it can — then it is justified when a slave kills a master,” Toure wrote.


  • 1966

    it was 2 above here this morning it’s now 12 going for a high of 20 today. we have 5 inches of snow on the ground with 2- 3 more coming on friday.

  • Ratboy

    Every time we turn around this administration gets dirtier and dirtier. NEVER has a president and his bunch of weasles lied to the American public as much this guy and not be held accountable!

    Benghazi penalties are bogus


    The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll — and will all be back to work soon, The Post has learned.

    The highest-ranking official caught up in the scandal, Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, has not “resigned” from government service, as officials said last week. He is just switching desks. And the other three are simply on administrative leave and are expected back.

    The four were made out to be sacrificial lambs in the wake of a scathing report issued last week that found that the US compound in Benghazi, Libya, was left vulnerable to attack because of “grossly inadequate” security.

    State Department leaders “didn’t come clean about Benghazi and now they’re not coming clean about these staff changes,” a source close to the situation told The Post., adding, the “public would be outraged over this.”

  • Mikey O

    @matthew According to Bob Woodard Washington post that had a deal for 800 billion in revenue increased, but the Democrats changed the deal last minute and wanted more revenue.

  • lbsles

    @ 1966

    Glad it’s you and not me.

  • lbsles

    @ Mikey O

    “@matthew According to Bob Woodard Washington post that had a deal for 800 billion in revenue increased, but the Democrats changed the deal last minute and wanted more revenue.”

    Please stop confusing the dumbocrats here with facts. All they will do is lie even more.

  • Faith3

    Sorry d.d,

    The truth is they are using austerity measures. Also, Illinois is no tax and spend state saying they have a highly regressive tax system.

  • Ratboy

    @ d.d.
    My husband & I lived in Lima ,Ohio for 3 years. It was not our favorite place to live.
    Thanks for the encouragement that better is coming!
    Lima is an interesting place to say the least! I have expressed some concern to my son but he say all os a-o-k. He bought a house there because that is where he worked. Since he changed companies he drives about 40 minutes each way. But he is caught in the housing crap and is under water so he cant sell now. It is truely diverse there! From south side of Chicago to Appalacia to the swamps of the south to suburbia Chicago. :lol:

  • d.d.


    Ah, come on.

    In January 2011, Illinois governor Pat Quinn imposed a 67% income tax increase on citizens and a sharp increase in the corporate tax rate to satisfy missed and unpaid bills. A month later, the state issued $3.7 billion in bonds just to make payments to unfunded state pensions. Unfortunately, these measures do not seem to have inspired Moody’s confidence. The agency rated Illinois as the worst credit risk of any state in the union .

    Illinois owes $8.3 billion in unpaid bills. That’s 10 times higher than the level in 2002.

    “The State Budget Crisis Task Force released a report in October 2012 finding that “Illinois has been doing back flips on a high wire, without a net,” and that the state’s fiscal condition is dire condition. It found that the “existing trajectory of state spending, taxation, and administrative practices cannot be sustained.”[3]

  • BevAG


    There’s no austerity measures going on at all in California. Quite the opposite. We have a super Democrat majority going on in California. They have no intention of cutting back entitlements. What they’re doing is upping all the taxes (not ONLY on the rich) to pay for all their entitlement programs. AND to boot even in this horrible economy they’re adding more regulations.

    Since it’s the “entitled” people that voted in all these new taxes, I really want to watch the entitled people pay for their own entitlements.

    Texas and Nevada are doing hardline campaigns telling California businesses that Texas and Nevada are more business friendly. Their campaigns are showing the California business person how much they’ll be paying in taxes to do business after 2013 in California. It’s quite expensive. California needs SOMEONE to pay for all the entitlement programs it won’t get rid of and the regulations it wants to add.

    Buinesses, and individuals like myself, are leaving California. None are coming in. The ones staying are going to find themselves on a huge fiscal cliff. They already are. It’s just going to get more severe.

    The California Senate and House have had a majority of Democrats since 1970 with Governors switching back and forth between Dems and Reps. The Rep Governors could do nothing since the Senate and the House were majority Democrats, except for one year during that time.

    California is THE perfect example of Democrat voodoo economics and where it leads to. California can’t blame this fiscal cliff on President Bush. They can’t blame it on Republicans. They can’t blame it on earthquakes or any other excuse they like to blame their failed policies on. The great state of California’s downfall is squarely the Democrats’ fault. Nothing else is to blame.

    I saw my brother yesterday. He lives in Orange County. His house is going up for sale today. My house will be up for sale in two months. My brother is looking at North Dakota and I’m looking at Texas or East Tennessee. We will be watching this super majority Democrat fiscal mess going on in California from afar.

    It’s a shame how the Democrats have ruined this great state, and it’s a perfect example of what the Democrats are doing to the country.

  • Matthew

    @Mikey: I’m aware that the Gang of Six pushed for even more revenue at the end, but that’s ignoring the fact that Cantor had stated publicly that he wouldn’t support any deal that increases revenues. It’s fair to say that both Boehner and Obama wanted a bargain, but were being undermined by their own parties.

    I wasn’t trying to imply that the collapse of negotiations was one-sided, but it is fair to say that the GOP was betting on winning the election when they agreed to the sequester. Woodward’s leaked memos also show that even if the push for more revenue was the straw that broke the camel’s back, Boehner still had a choice to continue negotiating, and he didn’t, he moved on to ‘Plan B.’

    The memos also shows that the cuts the Democrats were willing to sign on then were far beyond what they’re willing to sign on to now, after the election. In that regard, no matter what happens, the GOP is going to end up with a worse deal now than they would have in 2011, and that’s mostly self-inflicted.

  • Ratboy

    @ The truth is they are using austerity measures. Also, Illinois is no tax and spend state saying they have a highly regressive tax system

    I sure hope this is the egg nog talking because you CANT be serious!!

  • Faith3


    I’ll say it again, Illinois has a highly regressive tax system. By raising the flat tax income from 3% to 5% only further hurts low income and middle class families. It does not raise the funds they need. For years, they used such things as pension funds and other city assets to pay the bills instead of a study flow of income which should have been a graduated income tax rather than a flat tax.

  • Faith3

    Would you like to dispute facts are just act immature Ratboy?

  • Matthew

    “MSNBC fools strike again

    MSNBC host Toure: Murder can be morally justified

    And of course he brings up slavery.”

    Now here’s a curious ethical argument that you’re raising, especially in light of the recent discussion over gun control. Most posters here seem to be of the opinion, for example, that it’s morally justified to murder in self-defense, so do you feel that that same argument could not extend to slavery? Obviously, as a slave, your owner represents a constant danger to you and your family, so would murdering your owner and running away not be an act of self-defense?

    Or, under your code of ethics, does legality and government authority supersede personal morality? In other words, shooting a home invader is legal, while shooting the man who owns you was illegal, so by that fact alone one is more ethical than the other.

    Or, perhaps, you feel it’s never justified to take a human life, whether it be in self-defense, the death penalty, a war, whatever the circumstances, life is always sacred?

    Given your ‘output-only’ style of posting I won’t hold my breath for a response, but I’d certainly love to hear you further explain your positions. Surely you’re not just thoughtlessly copying and pasting stuff that you think might vaguely make ‘the enemy’ look bad, without any consideration for what these stories mean to you personally?

  • lbsles

    ObamaCare Longer Than the Bible, But Quite Evil

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    Many experts say it will have a huge negative impact.

    With 30 million new people added to the health rolls, expect doctor shortages and big cuts in basic care and Medicare.

    And watch out for the new “Medicaid parity rule,” which puts Medicaid on the same payment basis as Medicare — hurting care for seniors.

    With almost $500 billion in new taxes and fees, you may wonder how ObamaCare affects your taxes.

    And what ObamaCare means to your existing insurance.

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  • Faith3


    I’ve read CA allowed the voters to decide if they wanted to fund their schools and they voted they did. Education is a necessary not an entitlement btw. All other programs like welfare to healthcare have been cut. If I am missing something please do point it out. TIA

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