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.

  • Ratboy

    Illinois in poorest fiscal condition of all states

    Auditor general’s report cites pension, other liabilities

    Illinois’ financial condition continued to deteriorate in fiscal 2011, leaving it the state with the lowest level of net assets in the country, as its liabilities, including money owed for public pensions, grew, according to a report released on Thursday by the state’s auditor general.

    Illinois’ $43.8 billion deficit in terms of net assets at the end of June 2011 rose from $37.5 billion in fiscal 2010, when it also ranked the lowest among states.

    A sharp increase in the income tax rates enacted in January 2011 boosted Illinois’ revenue by $4.2 billion.

    Illinois Increases Tax Rates for 2011 through 2025

    The state of Illinois has legislated higher tax rates on personal and corporate income, taking effect this year 2011 through 2025.

    The personal tax rate in the Prairie State increases from 3% (in 2010) to 5%. The corporate tax rate increases from 7.3% to 9.5%

  • Ratboy

    How is that for facts Faith!

  • Faith3

    One thing I forgot to mention Bev, even conservative Bruce Barlett blames the Republican starve the beast policies for having a heavy hand in bankrupting the state.

  • lbsles

    @ Ratboy
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    How is that for facts Faith!

    I’ll say it again, quit stating facts for the dumbocrats like Faith, Mathew and usaa000 as it only confuses then and will cause them to lie even more.

  • Faith3

    How does that dispute a thing I said Ratboy? A flat tax will not help this budget. For years the state took away money from pension funds and also sold off municipalities to try and pay the bills instead of doing the responsible thing.

  • BevAG

    Faith, how could Republicans have been “starving the beast” when the Democrats have had control over California checkbook for 40 years except of one year out of those 40 years?

  • Ratboy

    @ For years the state took away money from pension funds and also sold off municipalities to try and pay the bills instead of doing the responsible thing

    Because as d.d. said, Illinois is TAX AND SPEND! It is not getting any better, they have no austarity program in place, and they get deeper in debt every day.

    One day maybe just maybe someone on the left will actually stand up and be held accountable for things they did wrong instead of just saying as they point their fingers to the right “THEY DID IT!!!!”

  • Faith3

    Barlett talks about such legislation as prop 13.

  • Ratboy

    UPDATE: WH petition to deport Piers Morgan doubles, tops 65,000…

    UK PETITION: We don’t want him back!

  • TZCA

    Good morning everyone. Hope everyone had a blessed and Merry Christmas.

  • BevAG

    Faith, the people voted in all kinds of new taxes in California starting in 2013. They people voting in all the new taxes were thinking they were voting in new taxes for the rich. They don’t even realize the amount of new taxes they voted themselves in for themselves at the same time. They’re going to find out in about two weeks.

    Then when California businesses move out because they’re going to states that are courting them in order to pay less taxes, who do you think gets to pay for all of these entitlement programs that California is not dropping?

    All California did is raise taxes, add regulation and not reduce spending. That’s not austerity. That’s Democrat voodoo economics.

    The State of California just paid a PR firm $900,000 to advertise to get more people on California’s Obamacare so they can pay for more people’s healthcare, which California’s Obamacare is another entitlement program that is helping to add to its fiscal problems.

    No austerity in California. Just Democrat voodoo economics run amuck.

  • BevAG

    Hello, TZCA. I hope you’re feeling better. :)

  • Ratboy


    Social Security Ran $47.8B Deficit in FY 2012; Disabled Workers Hit New Record in December: 8,827,795

    The Social Security program ran a $47.8 billion deficit in fiscal 2012 as the program brought in $725.429 billion in cash and paid $773.247 for benefits and overhead expenses, according to official data published by Social Security Administration.

  • Faith3

    It is not tax and spend it is borrow from other funds until bankruptcy hits.

    Also, I specifically stated that CA was using Austerity measures not Illinois. The only thing Illinois has done is raise the flat tax rate instead of revamping the system for personal taxation.

  • TZCA

    I live in CA and I don’t understand how anyone can say California has been implementing austerity. Must be the new HuffPo and MSNBC spin.

  • BevAG


    That was the voters of California who voted in Prop 13 OVERWHELMINGLY. Majority of Democrats voted for Prop 13 as well. That wasn’t the Republicans. That was the People of the State of California who voted that in.

    The People of the State of California were protecting themselves from the Democrat spending for decades. They thought that the Democrat majority would get the message from that that the voters didn’t want all this tax and spending that the Democrats were doing. The Democrats ignored the voters and kept spending.

  • Faith3


    Besides prop 30, which I mentioned for education, what other taxes did they vote in?

  • TZCA

    Hiya BevAG

    I feel fine, thanks. How was your Christmas at your sister’s?

  • BevAG

    @ TCZA You’re right. There’s no austerity program going on in California.

    That’s just Faith hoping no one sees how really bad the Democrats’ voodoo fiscal economics have destroyed the State of California and how it will destroy the rest of the county. Faith, like all Democrats, never want to see something for what it really is.

    BUT — and this is a huge BUT — no one but Democrats are responsible for California’s fiscal woes because ONLY Democrats have been in control of California’s economics for 40 years except for one out of those 40 years.

    Nothing screams louder than horrible Democrat economics than California. It has a SUPER MAJORITY of DEMOCRATS. No one else can be blamed for California’s problems but Democrats. Although Democrats are STILL trying to blame Republicans. That is hilarious. lol

  • BevAG


    Prop 13 was voted in OVERWHELMINGLY by the voters of California 30 years ago. The voters voted that in once they saw the Democrats had control of the Senate and the House and would tax and spend.

    The people of the State of California then voted OVERWHELMINGLY (Reps and Dems) and capped their property taxes so that the Democrats had the message that the property owners weren’t willing to pay for all the programs that the Democrats wanted to put in place. The Democrats put them in place anyway ignoring the fact that they had a majority who wanted to keep spending under control.

    The Democrats had this idea — just like Obama has — that it will be someone’s else problem in the future. We’ll just keep spending and spending and worry about how to pay for it in the future.

    Well, in California the “future” is here and it’s STILL a Democrat super majority, and now the State is going over the cliff.

    This is all Democrat voodoo economics. And Obama and the Democrats are doing the same thing on the federal level. Thank goodness the t-baggers are holding them at bay and I hope the t-baggers continue keeping them at bay so that the people can finally realize how Democrat economics is so destructive.

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