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


  • cathy

    OMG, will the spinning ever stop.

    “Sales of electronics, clothing, jewelry and home goods in the two months before Christmas increased 0.7 percent compared with last year, according to the MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse report. This is much less than the 3% to 4% estimated.”……….
    “Some analysts say the massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., earlier this month may also have chipped away at shoppers’ enthusiasm.”

    Now really!!!!!!!

  • ninja

    Uas888………….you have not yet told my were I can find those tumbling bullets.

  • cathy

    LOL 1966. wrong rogers but nice song.

    The Jim Roger I found told Steve Forbes to invest in farming.

  • 1966

    I thought you were talking about that jimmie rodgers lol.

  • Jeff

    Great Republican role model……

    Former New Mexico Congressional District 1 Republican primary candidate Gary Smith was arrested this Friday after being video taped slashing the tires of at least four fellow Republicans.

    Unsuccessful congressional candidate Gary Smith had an arrest warrant issued after a surveillance video showed him slashing the tires of Republican opponent Janice Arnold-Jones. The Santa Fe Reporter broke the story earlier Friday and Smith was taken into custody without incident shortly thereafter.

  • Jeff

    A lot of Republicans fell for this silly FOX NEWS game all year, the lies didn’t help their campaigning for the GOP all too much.

    In 2012, like most years, U.S. gasoline prices fluctuated according to global market conditions, seasonal changes in demand and several other factors. Fox News fluctuated too, finding bad — often contradictory — news in the ups and downs alike. No matter which way gas prices went, the network always found a way to forecast doom for the economy and pin it on Obama. But experts agree that no president can control gas prices.

    As Gas Prices Rise, Fox News Launches Relentless Campaign To Falsely Blame Obama

    Early in the year, Fox News launched a relentless campaign to pin unseasonably high gasoline prices on President Obama. The network had tried this before, but this time the coverage reached a fever pitch. During the first two months of 2012, Fox News blamed gas prices on Obama more than three times as often as all other major news outlets combined, even distorting charts to serve their agenda. To do this, Fox often claimed that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline or expanded domestic drilling could lower gas prices, while ignoring that Obama has significantly raised fuel economy standards — a measure that would help consumers reduce their dependence on oil and vulnerability to price spikes.

    The network gloated that prices at the pump could be an “opportunity to disrupt” good economic news for Obama, or maybe even “enough to derail his return to the office.” To support that goal, Fox News regularly hosted Eric Bolling, a former minor league baseball player and major Wall Street oil and energy futures trader. While Fox News presented him as an expert, actual experts, even those who support increasing access to oil, have called his claims “absolute and utter rubbish,” “idiotic,” “nonsense,” and “not correct.”

  • Jeff

    So sad, so blatant…..

    In 2012 The Wall Street Journal regularly failed to disclose the election-related conflicts of interest of its op-ed writers. The paper’s editorial page published op-eds from 12 writers without disclosing their roles as advisers to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. It also didn’t regularly disclose columnist Karl Rove’s close ties to the super PAC American Crossroads and the affiliated political organization American Crossroads GPS, two groups which spent a massive sum of money attempting to aid Mitt Romney and various Republican congressional candidates in November’s elections.

    According to a Media Matters review, the Journal published 2012 pieces from the following Romney advisers without disclosing their campaign ties: John Bolton; Max Boot; Lee A. Casey; Seth Cropsey; Paula Dobriansky; Mary Ann Glendon; Kevin Hassett; Michael Mukasey; Paul E. Peterson; David B. Rivkin Jr.; John Taylor; and Martin West.

    An October 2 study by Media Matters found that in 70 percent of op-eds written by Mitt Romney advisers, the Journal failed to disclose the writer’s connections to the Romney campaign. In several instances, the paper failed to disclose an op-ed writer’s connection despite its own news section reporting that the writer is advising Romney.

  • BevAG

    @ Jeff But experts agree that no president can control gas prices.


    I agree. That’s why I never understood how MSNBC and the Left were always blaming President Bush for the gas prices. They were mercilessly blaming President Bush about gas prices. Now all of a sudden “no president can control gas prices.” Comical!!! lol

  • Jeff

    @Bev AG

    The Democrats sure did, I do not recall the media being so obvious in their reporting as Fox clearly did all summer long.

  • BevAG

    Jeff, Media Matters is so Left-winged biased. I never believe a word they say. I just don’t understand why we taxpayers are paying for them. It’s another disgusting government handout.

  • BevAG

    Jeff: MSNBC and EVERY Democrat was SO biased against Bush. Their body shuddered at his very name. They blamed Bush for everything, still am.!!! lol

    MSNBC and EVERY Democrat pundit BLATANTLY blamed President Bush for every little thing having to do with gas prices.

  • BevAG

    Now, all of a sudden MSNBC and EVERY Democrat pundit are saying, “No president can control gas prices.” You’re all so obviously hypocritical, Jeff, that it’s laughable. You look like buffoons.

  • Jeff

    @BevAG. I know MM is tax exempt……but!………are they funded by the tax payers???……I don’t believe so.

  • Jeff

    I agree no President can control gas prices……..as you also claimed.

    I suppose the GOP are the current buffoons as the Democrats were (as you suggest) in 2004.

  • BevAG

    Jeff, Media Matters is a George Soros’ funded organization that has NO business being tax exempt. Tax exempt means the taxpayers are losing out on the money that it should be getting from the BUSINESS of Media Matters.

  • Jeff

    Fox’s The Five Endorses NRA’s Press Conference


    Not suprised!!!!

  • BevAG

    The GOP has its buffoons, yes.

    But none of them compare to the buffoon that’s currently in the White House.

  • BevAG

    Jeff, I’m glad that The Five endorses the NRA’s press conference. I do also. The Five is not “tax exempt” like Media Matters is. It can endorse any organization it wants to.

  • Jeff


    Not sure why MM is tax exempt…….seems like any similar group they should pay taxes.

    I feel churches are far more political and should be taxed…..imagine as you said…….

    ” that has NO business being tax exempt. Tax exempt means the taxpayers are losing out on the money that it should be getting from the BUSINESS of Media Matters.”

  • Jeff

    Two Republican senators want to use the threat of an economic meltdown to raise the retirement age and cut Medicare. Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a plan today that would raise the federal debt limit by $1 trillion in exchange for $1 trillion in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, as The Hill reported:
    The Corker-Alexander dollar-for-dollar plan has several components.
    It would structurally reform Medicare by creating competing private options giving seniors greater choice of healthcare plans. It would not, however, cap Medicare spending.
    The plan would also give states more flexibility to manage Medicaid programs and prevent states from “gaming the federal share of the program with state tax charges.”
    It would gradually raise the Social Security retirement age and use the “chained CPI” formula to calculate cost-of-living adjustments, curbing the growing cost of benefits.
    In exchange, it would direct the debt limit be increased by the same amount as the savings generated from entitlement reform.

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