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


  • 1966

    where have you been?

  • Jeff

    The Sarah Palin Chronicles: A 2012 Retrospective Of Humiliation And Hilarity

    The past year has presented a wealth of unintentional comedy from right-wing raconteurs whose generosity in embarrassing themselves was profound. There was Donald Trump and Dick Morris and Allen West and many others vying for the top spot in the Crackpottery Hall of Fame.

    However, this year, as in much of the recent past, the competition was too stiff and everyone had to bow, once again, to the Queen of Quackery: Sarah Palin. What follows are just a few of the most memorably humiliating hijinks in a year of world class buffoonery.

    Today Show Ratings Down With Sarah Palin As Guest Host
    In a desperate attempt to counter-program ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC invited Palin to guest host their Today Show. The result was an episode that underperformed NBC’s average and may have been the catalyst that led to ABC eventually beating NBC in the morning news wars for the first time in years.

    Sarah Palin Calls Nancy Pelosi A ‘Dingbat’ – No, Really!
    Appearing with fellow crackpot Sean Hannity on Fox News, Palin responded to a question about Democratic Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi by saying…

    “Well, first off, Nancy Pelosi is a dingbat. And she is the perfect spokesperson for this whole agenda of the far-left running the Democrat Party.”

    And if that weren’t bad enough, Palin also made a disparaging, phallus-related insult directed at President Obama, calling him a “tool.”

    The Alaska Mistake Mouths Off: Sarah Palin Finally Responds To Dick Cheney
    After former Vice-President Dick Cheney told ABC News that her selection as John McCain’s running mate was “a mistake,” Palin fired back saying that…

    “It would have been a mistake to have hunkered down, just lived that luxurious, if you will, comfortable lifestyle in Alaska.”

    Of course, we now know that Palin gleefully exploited the notoriety she attained from the nomination. She peddled her books and speaking engagements. She signed a multimillion dollar deal with Fox News. She starred in laughably inept reality TV programs. She increased her net worth many times over, yet recalls wistfully her “luxurious” lifestyle in Alaska. Palin is a notorious grifter and Cheney, for once, is quite right.

    Sarah Palin Wants One Name Of A Hostile Republican
    When Palin appeared on Fox News with her friend Greta Van Susteren, the conversation turned to some of the nastiness on the campaign trail that Palin thinks is exclusively on the side of the Democrats. In a hilarious demonstration of self-delusion, Palin said…

    “Name one — name one prominent Republican who even comes close to what like the Alan Graysons, the Harry Reids, the Joe Bidens come up with and spew to the American public. I can’t think of one prominent Republican who talks the way that they talk.”

    Sarah Palin is about the most vituperative, mean-spirited, mud-slinger in America today. But, in her defense, she did specify a “prominent Republican.”

    Sarah Palin Says You Are Diminished By Even Mentioning Her Name
    Palin was so upset that John Kerry referenced her in joke that was directed at Mitt Romney that she unleashed this bit of nonsense on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox News:

    “I think he diminished himself by even mentioning my name. How does he even know my name? I mean aren’t these guys supposed to be these big-wig elites who don’t waste their time on the little people like me?”

    So Palin is surprised that someone should know her name after running for vice-president, conducting bus tours (and book signings) across the country, hosting in two unintentionally hilarious reality shows on cable TV, and appearing regularly on Fox News as part of her million dollar contract? After all of that she still has some bizarre impression of herself as a little person. Little, perhaps, in mental acuity.

    Sarah Palin Drips With Envy Over Obama’s Selection As Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year
    Sarah Palin appeared on her old pal Greta Van Susteren’s show on Fox News where she was asked to comment on Time Magazine’s selection of President Obama as “Person of the Year.” And, what a surprise, the ego-driven Queen of the North could only find nasty things to say about Obama. But she concluded with a statement I agree with wholeheartedly:

    “Time Magazine, you know, I think there’s some irrelevancy there to tell you the truth. I mean consider their list of the most influential people in the country and in the world, some who have made that list – yours truly – that ought to tell you something right there regarding the credence that we should give Time Magazine and their list of people.”

    It’s interesting to see just how little Palin thinks of herself. She doesn’t think anyone should have heard of her, and she doesn’t think she’s relevant enough to be mentioned in Time. However, these bouts of low self-esteem only seem to flare up when she is being attacked. Whenever she is promoting herself her abundant ego is in full effect.

    The big problem Palin has is that many others share her opinion about her being an insignificant has-been. Her books don’t sell, her TV and film ventures bomb, and speculation has it that Fox News will not be renewing her contract next year. Consequently, there is not likely going to be another Palin retrospective at the end of 2013. I miss her already.

  • Jeff

    Hiya 1966, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    I always read from the folks in hereI don’t always comment. :)

  • cathy

    Being tax exempt is a major benefit. Not paying taxes and allowing donations to your org to be tax deductible, I think adds it into being tax payer supported. The government has to make up for not collecting those taxes from somewhere else.

  • 1966

    right back at ya jeff.

  • Pete S

    Posted December 29, 2012 at 8:29 AM
    “You can carry your”regular” weapon but not weapons of mass death.”
    You can drive your ford escort but not a f-350 4×4 that can cause mass death. :)

  • RedBarSoup

    I love these idiots that try to compare assault rifles to big vehicles.

  • 1966

  • BevAG

    1966, you’re hilarious!!! I love it.

    You must be a lot of fun at parties. lol

  • 1966

    this site needs some love.

  • 1966
  • usa8888

    Even the most obvious and intuitive economics principles escape the right wing uneducated. They can’t grasp the fact that if, in a bad recession, you drastically cut spending (as the uneducated right suggests)you will immediately precipitate a depression. It is SO obvious, one can not understand why the right doesn’t realize if nobody is spedning any money and the money supply and its velocity and mass are slowing down, the economy contracts to nothing. Obama was re-elected for his sensible economic (and social) policies. The radical right theses have been rejected soundly by the American People–notwithstanding there are still a few right wingers left, as seen on this blog. Now, hopefully the t-bags left in the House will stop kissing Norquist’s patooti and do what’s right for America: raise tax rates on the rich who have not created jobs in YEARS and whose rates are the lowest in 60 years! And continue unemployment benefits, as well as continue the tax rate for the middle class. We will see in 48 hours…..

  • usa8888

    Jeff– like your commentary re Palin–one of the dumbest women ever to enter politics. The master of slime–Rush Limbaugh–is probably equally vacuous and erroneous in his comments. Yet these two manage to sucker the right wing kooks out of tens of millions of dollars. Oh, I alomst forget to mention Glen Beck……..These people do provide some good comedy, however, for those of us with logic and reason……..

  • BevAG

    It’s SO obvious by the 40-year Democrat controlled fiscal policies that have driven California to bankruptcy that Democrats have no idea about economics.

  • usa8888

    They Bay Area and California were in great shape when I lived there, Bev…and further what happens in California bears NO resemblance to the US economy……

  • 1966

  • 1966

    the above song was from september 1968. and was from a movie called wild in the streets.

  • BevAG

    @usa They Bay Area and California were in great shape when I lived there, Bev…and further what happens in California bears NO resemblance to the US economy……


    You must have lived here in a past life form.

    And, yes, what happens in California is EXACTLY what the Democrats want to do to the entire country. The fact that you can say that what happens in California bears NO resemblance to the US economy furthers shows your ignorance.

  • AppleStinx

    Sunday Morning

  • d.d.

    Good Sunday Morning,Apple & All


    I got up in the dark, turn my i-Phone 5 on , & , I got a message that my county had issued a snow warning (not watch) @ 3 A M. I waited until it was light , looked out , & we have no more than a dusting, but, it would be enough to cancel school if it wasn’t still vacation . We never understood that when we first moved to TN. Now we do. The school buses have so many country ,windy roads, & hills, they must navigate that accidents could happen.



    You may have reported an article from ‘The Hill, ‘ but you read it on the liberal rag ,’Think Progress,’ which changed the wording from ‘The Hill ’ to favor a progressive slant. Tip: It’s always best to read original sources.

    @ 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: Think Progress version

    BTW, hope you had a nice Christmas.



    Reading the list of freebies you posted, didn’t surprise me. Both my husband & I took the benefits gov test that the Administration released this month on You Tube. First of all, we are comfortable . We have no debt except things like DISH & utilities. We live on a golf course, our home is paid for, so are our cars, & both boats. We have money in the bank, stocks, etc. My husband qualified for 67 freebies, myself 20 (I’m younger) While not all apply, some do . Taxpayers need to do something about how unwisely their money is being used. I’m disgusted.
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    What I Learned in the Poverty War

    Work, not welfare, uplifts the poor.


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