Cable News Ratings For Saturday-Sunday, December 22-23, 2012

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December 27th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Ratings for Saturday & Sunday, December 22-23, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC         773            154            300
CNN         391            111            171
MSNBC         378            141            170
CNBC         146             66             78
FBN           33               9             15
HLN         341            134            192
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC         909            100            230
CNN         406             74            152
MSNBC         525            223            253
CNBC         194             88            116
FBN           42               7             20
HLN         445            175            265
P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC         555            105            227
CNN         276             68            115
MSNBC         329            140            152
CNBC         121             50             63
FBN           20               8             10
HLN         266            110            153
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC         447             57            122
CNN         320             64            128
MSNBC         302            136            154
CNBC         114             47             59
FBN           24               3               5
HLN         277            112            151


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


  • Ralph Hahn

    FIRST! At this rate, we won’t be caught up until Valentine’s Day.

  • AppleStinx

    The demo that “has better things to do in life than to watch cable news on Friday nights, weekend and holiday nights” wins big again. :smile:

  • Ililil

    fox news being completely destroyed. more than double. its nice to see progressivism in the u.s. We dont have to beat Fox News, to win elections.

    With half the viewers of Fox News, Democrats won. Imagine what is going to happen when they tie and surpass Fox News. Good job, my american brethren. Keep it going. The fight for progressivism is a long and tedious one, but we will not give up. We will turn the greatest country on earth a plutocracy that is ruled only by a wealthy, and ironically the very thing that destroyed the Soviet Union. Dictatorship. Because that is what the U.S. is slowly turning into.

  • Ililil

    we will not i mean

  • Party2nite

    HLN doing really good on the weekends now that they added “What Would You Do” and “Forensic FIles”.. MSNBC doing good on weekends as usual..

  • Mike

    Is there a breakdown by hour of the weekend somewhere?

  • Ralph Hahn

    I wish the m orons would stop linking the ratings of the cable news networks to political parties. One has NOTHING to do with the other. After Bill Clinton had taken office in 1993, Rush Limbaugh’s ratings took off like a greased up rocket from Cape Canavaral(?).

    This may win the Dumbest Statement on-line for the December and just may end of up the dopiest remark for all of 2012: \

    >>> fox news being completely destroyed. more than double. its nice to see progressivism in the u.s. We dont have to beat Fox News, to win elections. <<<

    DUH! Research before you make silly statements.

    Fox's problem in the demo on weekends, particularly on Sunday evenings, is repeating the same programs, over and over. I think maybe 3 or 4 airings of the same broadcast in different time periods is more than enough.

  • cathy

    I agree that trying to link cable news ratings to political parties size or who is going to win an election is stupid.

    Rush was on fire during Clinton’s years. He was very entertaining. Billary was a great couple and Al Gore the inventor of the internet was always a new side story. There isn’t much funny about the guy in the White House right now. Although some of Obama’s followers are very funny. My favorite one line from an Obama follower was, “Obama invented the drones.”

    As for the ratings for last weekend. It makes me wonder, are a number of tv’s also turned to MSNBC, is view MSNBC something to do at parties or did MSNBC viewer not go to holiday parties?

  • BevAG

    I understand that Obama is begging people to come to his inauguration. I guess it’s not going to be well attended.

  • Dave

    Cathy”Rush was on fire”He sure was ,but then drug addicts are always on fire.
    I also believe FOX viewers go to more parties .Even Mormon ones that get DUIs.The non drinking Mormon Senator was way too drunk.
    My favorite line was “Romney will win by a landslide”all over the laughing stock of the nation,FOX.

  • BevAG

    Dave, Dave, Dave, that rhetoric is so boring.

    John Edwards and his baby momma are now “having such loud sex” that the neighbors are complaining.

  • cathy


    Word one, Chappaquiddick!!!! Dems and libs should not talk about DUI’s, who was the last republican to drive his car off a bridge, after drinking at a party, swam to safety, leaving the other person in the car to die and then went to sleep?

    Fox news never said “Romney was going to win by a landslide” It was Dick Morris. I understand it’s hard for MSNBC viewers to understand facts. Or the point that just because someone on a Fox news channel show says something it doesn’t make it Fox News’ view. Libs are the ones making themselves the laughing stock of the nation by restating this lie.

  • BevAG

    Cathy, excellent point.

    That is even a more pertinent point than John Edwards and Reille (sp) Hunter. But I couldn’t help laughing when I saw that headline about John Edwards.

    The only thing that saddens me about John Edwards’ disgusting life is the horrible way he did his wife and his daughters. Despicable. And he tried to treat the American people the same way. He was hoping we, the American people, would never find out about his “baby momma” just like he didn’t want his wife to find out about her.

    John Edwards is as arrogant as Obama…..and narcissistic.

  • 1966


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