Cable News Ratings for Thursday, December 27, 2012

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December 28th, 2012


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Thursday, December 27, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,046            190            421
CNN         350            117            154
MSNBC         509            145            238
CNBC         191             60            105
FBN           42             11             19
HLN         166             72            104
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,681            290            570
CNN         542            150            205
MSNBC         890            253            429
CNBC         220            102            119
FBN           36               9             12
HLN         260            113            167
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends         938            169            415
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         186             74            109
MSNBC Morning Joe         431            137            216
CNBC Squawk Box         156             60            113
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         163             84            124
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,973            274            774
CNN SITUATION ROOM         497            191            230
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         883            216            348
CNBC FAST MONEY         181             50            112
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         111             27             37
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,802            296            720
CNN SITUATION ROOM         416            151            195
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         704            201            294
CNBC MAD MONEY         124             33             60
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         141             39             47
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,487            297            595
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         411            155            155
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         693            184            314
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         111             20             27
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         233             92             95
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,212            400            763
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         583            173            218
MSNBC ED SHOW         855            223            427
CNBC TRASH INC: GARBAGE         267            122            121
HLN NANCY GRACE         364            141            216
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       1,534            268            492
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         563            132            217
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW         996            298            487
CNBC M. ZUCKERBERG: INSIDE FB         197            108            132
HLN WHAT WOULD YOU DO         202             82            144
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,282            203            456
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         479            145            178
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         814            238            370
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         195             75            105
HLN WHAT WOULD YOU DO         214            116            141
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR         711            172            321
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         306            130            129
MSNBC ED SHOW         423            166            228
CNBC MAD MONEY           73             15             48
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         187             74            129


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


  • Doug Z


    I do not understand what you are saying about Milton Friedman

    The liberal economists do not like Milton Friedman’s theories because they want smaller government and no government intervention in economics. Simply put, he was against big government. All liberal economists are for big government. As in any other theory. It is a great theory that is impossible to implement. So his theories are used to argue the big government theory.

    He was also against the federal reserve and wanted it abolished

  • Matthew

    Totally Cool and Feasible 21st Century Protectionist Economic Recovery Plan

    Step 1: Bail out Hostess
    Step 2: Levy 30% tax on food manufacturers that use cream filling machines
    Step 3: Hostess forced to hire human labor to fill each individual twinkie, thus creating more jobs
    Step 4: Contrary to all market theory, the consumer is perfectly happy to purchase the new and improved $9 twinkie
    Step 5: Macroeconomic success

  • Doug Z


    Which, you had just used is microeconomics. You are controlling a small part of the economy, making it microeconomics. Macro means the whole economy.

    I get your drift

  • Doug Z

    Friedman was supportive of the state provision of some public goods that private businesses are not considered as being able to provide. However, he argued that many of the services performed by government could be performed better by the private sector. Above all, if some public goods are provided by the state, he believed that they should not be a legal monopoly where private competition is prohibited; for example, he wrote:

    There is no way to justify our present public monopoly of the post office. It may be argued that the carrying of mail is a technical monopoly and that a government monopoly is the least of evils. Along these lines, one could perhaps justify a government post office, but not the present law, which makes it illegal for anybody else to carry the mail. If the delivery of mail is a technical monopoly, no one else will be able to succeed in competition with the government. If it is not, there is no reason why the government should be engaged in it. The only way to find out is to leave other people free to enter.

  • Faith3

    Friedman was not for abolishing the Fed. He was an advocate on monetary policy. Also, those who adopted his free market theory were those who were also fine and dandy with government interference for themselves just not for certain people. It’s all hypocrisy.

  • Matthew

    What the fudge. I have no idea what I’m saying to set off the filter.

    Anyway, Doug, I realize that that was a microeconomic example, followed by macroeconomic commentary; I meant that practicing protectionism, either in an individual industry, or in all industries, is not going to yield long-term fruit. We would need some sort of international agreement with the other industrialized nations that we will no longer trade with countries that mistreat their citizens, similar to the way we’ve isolated North Korea and Iran. Isolating ourselves is not going to work.

  • Hillbilly

    1966 – for you hillbilly is that you and faith3?


    If i don’t hear the name Faith3 for 5 years I’ll be lucky. Ever since the divorce we had an agreement. Once a week she comes over. I smack her around then we have wild jungle sex, i smack her on the a$$ & she leaves happy. Well last night (Saturday) the women was extra “amours” if ya know what i mean. ;)

    What when on would of killed a normal man. I’m lucky to be alive. :shock:


  • BevAG

    ::uploading an aspirin to Hillbilly and a high five to Faith3::

  • Faith3

    “There is no way to justify our present public monopoly of the post office.”

    As there is no way to justify our present monopoly of such things as utilities. We no longer have public utilities but instead (get such things as our electricity) through a private agency which was once owned by Mass Electric. I’ve no choice in what carrier I want because this Oligopoly is owed by the company that controls utilities in this area. Pretending by getting rid of our public services and switching to private ones will open up competition is fools gold. This has increased certain private power in this country.

  • BevAG

    Faith3, Matthew and Doug, great posts. Thank you. I’m learning things from you three.

  • Faith3


    You using that Viagra again;-)

  • Faith3

    Thank you BevAG.

  • AppleStinx


    You should get that continual “toe curling” condition checked. It could be arthritis. :razz:

  • Letmethink

    @Faith @Hillybilly You using that Viagra again;-)
    Just popped in to see what was going on—lol—needed that laugh today. Carry on—

  • 1nancy2

    Hi and yes, let’s all ‘carry on’…..The entire lot of us posting here, have our head’s screwed on the right way…Not like the hand wringers and procrastinators in Congress. Tell me again why we are paying these people, plus fabulous perks? Don’t forget, Congress has a 10 to 18% favorable rating. Wow…Impressive….Not. Happy N. Year to all.

  • BevAG

    nancy, not only that, Obama just gave Congress and Biden a raise. It’s unbelievable. Obama just throws taxpayers’ dollars around like he’s printing money. Oh, that’s right. That’s exactly what he’s doing.

    NRA has a higher approval rating than Obama and Congress. I just re-upped for three years.

  • Letmethink

    @1Nancy2 Hi and yes, let’s all ‘carry on’…..The entire lot of us posting here, have our head’s screwed on the right way…Not like the hand wringers and procrastinators in Congress. Tell me again why we are paying these people, plus fabulous perks? Don’t forget, Congress has a 10 to 18% favorable rating. Wow…Impressive….Not. Happy N. Year to all.

    Hi Nancy–again I totally agree with you. One more question—Why are they getting a raise?
    Happy New year to you too

  • Letmethink

    BevAg–you are so quick–you beat me to my question. Hope all is well with you in the beautiful but bankrupt state of CA.

  • beached

    Who cares what all your polital views are. I can prove you all wrong but who cares? Spew all your right wing garbage someplace else and keep this place for commenting on TV ratings.

  • BevAG

    Letmethink, all is well in beautiful but bankrupt California. And we have 2013 right around the corner. That means plenty of tax hikes at every turn in California so that the state government can pay HUGE pensions and the “beast” can be fed.

    I like that term someone said, “starving the beast.” That’s what it is. It’s a huge beast that never gets enough. It just keeps taxing and spending. The beast being the government.

    I’m going to watch from afar those who don’t pay taxes who voted in to increase taxes go broke because the ones who do pay taxes are ticked and are moving out of California.

    How are you doing, Letmethink? Getting ready for New Year? I’m staying home this New Year and watching Fox News’ first New Year’s Eve special. If Dick Clark were still here, I’d watch him, but now I’ll start watching Fox on New Year’s Eve.

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