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.

  • TZCA

    :smile: BevAG

    Somewhere in your conversation with Faith3, I saw Prop 13 mentioned, I think as an example of austerity. If a voter initiative to stop State Congressional Democrats from continuing to suck money from the pockets of citizens through property taxes to pay for inflated benefits programs is austerity, then I wonder what it’s called when you cut from the benefits programs (rhetorical).

  • Faith3


    The roots of prop 13 comes from Howard Jarvis who is big on starving government from funds. Barlett has many articles about these starve the beast policies. All of them highly interesting.

  • Matthew

    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.

    That’s nice, you can evoke my name, but you’re too cowardly to ever engage me in direct conversation, despite the fact that I’ve tried on more than one occasion since I began posting here. Not that I don’t understand – first you’d need someone else to write a response to me, so that you’ll have something to copy and paste.

  • Faith3

    If you starve the government from funds, don’t be surprised there is not enough revenue for social programs. Some decided to just steal it from pension funds and sell off public assets. Now that the beast has been starved now what? Let them eat cake? Nah, just privatize the system and watch the stratification of our system grow as the Gini index becomes more pronounced. All neoliberal policies that have failed other countries miserably.

  • BevAG


    We had a great Christmas. A lot of fun. Opened presents. We played family games and laughed and missed those of us that are gone from this earth. :( It was a very blessed and joyous day.

    We’re all Republicans, not one Democrat in the bunch. The one cousin who WAS a Democrat is now seeing the writing on the wall. (We all knew that was going to happen. He’s a business owner).

    Everyone was talking about they’re moving out of California. My brother signed with a realtor on Monday. I’ll be signing up. My sister has to stay until June. She’s a teacher. She was one of the few Republican teachers knowing for a decade that the education policies were putting California over the cliff and the education was not getting any better. She’s now looking for teaching jobs in Tennessee and Texas or South Dakota.

    It’s really so odd because we’ve been Californians for 40 years. It is SO hard to believe we’ll be “midwesterners.” lol But we’re looking forward to it.

    I really need to be amongst people who don’t think or want the government to be the answer to problems. I just can’t stand that mentality. I just want the government to exist minimally around us.

    I have a friend in Tennessee who says, “The government is not the enemy here. They don’t want to run our lives,” so we all work cohesively together. My friend is a very “small government” person. I love the way he talks about the relationship between the Tennessean people and the government. It’s a mutual respect and they stay out of each other’s way unless one needs the other, but you keep it to as minimal as possible. Now, THAT’S nice living.

    HOw was your Christmas?

  • Doug Z

    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.

  • TZCA

    Faith3, regardless of who was behind the push for Prop 13, prior to Prop 13, how is setting a cap in the increase of property taxes to 1% per year (2% inflation adjusted) austerity? Is not the real problem the spending Beast that requires to be fed by such exorbinant tax increases?

  • Doug Z

    The other officials — Deputy Assistant Secretaries Charlene Lamb and Raymond Maxwell, and a third who has not been identified — were found to have shown “performance inadequacies” but not “willful misconduct,” Pickering said, so they would not face discipline.

    House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) told The Post this is “yet another ruse about the tragedy of Benghazi.”

    “State Department officials proclaimed . . . that heads would roll . . . Now we see that the discipline is a lie and all that has happened is the shuffling of the deck chairs.”

  • TZCA

    ^ minus “prior to Prop 13″ (change of thought, but no change in sentence)

  • BevAG

    @ Faith. The roots of prop 13 comes from Howard Jarvis who is big on starving government from funds. Barlett has many articles about these starve the beast policies. All of them highly interesting.

    The Democrat voters in the state of California voted OVERWHELMINGLY for Pro 13 as well. That tells me the Democrat voters don’t believe in the Democrat voodoo economic policies of the Democrat politicians.

  • Doug Z


    Print money, inflation.The working man will pay that inflation bill. Corporation will just raise price.

  • usa8888

    All of the right wing radicals who have no education in economics, are quite willing to go off the cliff and ruin the US economy, its credit rating, the Stock Market, and the job picture. They can not even get along with the moderate Repubs who are willing to work with Obama. It is the the t-bag uneducated, who were soundly defeated last election, who are still trying to ruin the US economy with their abject ignorance of economics. Of course, the American People (and a majortiy of Repubs) side with Obama (reason) so there will probably be a workable agreement after the first of the year. The right wingers will be blamed for their continued obstruction and unrelenting effort to ruin our economy. The right wing is in bed with Norquist and wants to raise taxes on the middle class and reduce them for the wealthy…..

  • Faith3


    I didn’t say that was austerity. What is austerity is the fact that many programs designed for the elderly and the poor were cut. Not only will this further hurt those people, it will add more to the ranks of the unemployed and so the vicious cycle goes.

    Prop 13 was mentioned as one culprit to the many years if starved funds from the schools and the effects it has had over the years.

  • usa8888

    Doug Z hasn’t a clue about economics and continues bring out the old saw about inflation, which the right wing rolled out 4 years ago–of course, they were as wrong then as they are now.

  • Doug Z


    We are broke. Raise tax 47%, on everything. We are short 47% so every tax needs to raise that much. I support that to balance the budget. The working people will understand that.The rich will use their tax write off, but the poeple will understand.

  • TZCA

    BevAG, I spent Christmas Eve with some friends. They’re Mexican lineage so they do the late night, opening presents at midnight, thing. Christmas Day I relaxed and shopped for replacement vehicles, as I’m doing now.

    I want to get out of California, too. I just haven’t dedicated myself to the process (just dabbled with ideas and generic research). After this year’s taxes, I’ll feel freedom in cash flow to get more serious about leaving. California is so beautiful and I’m blessed to be in Orange County where there are many like minded people, but who knows how much longer before Orange County becomes another peanut in the bag for the Democrats.

  • Faith3

    What??? Just because voters voted in Prop 13, does not make it a Dem bill. It was a policy specifically designed by Jarvis to starve funds from schools.

  • usa8888

    If the right wingers would simply start their own country in which ignorance is the central mantra, the US wold be much better off. Of course, the right wing nation would collapse in short order……

  • Doug Z


    as we’ve stated before, you have no degree in economics. Yes, I have a degree in economics. It is only a minor but you sure Learn the principles.

    I believe we need a constitutional amendment that says that we raise taxes to the point where we have a balanced budget. The people have to feel the cost of what they’re paying for. When they think they get it for free. They wanted it.

    If you had a constitutional amendment where they had to balance the budget. Further, automatic tax increases the budget would be balanced. You would have no inflation and the people would know the cost.

    You attacked me with your theories that you have not studied or have no education about when it comes to economics.

  • Faith3


    You’re right that the middle class will pay while a very small percentage of the ultra wealthy will have more money funneled their way and not just in tax right offs.

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