Cable News Ratings for Friday, December 28, 2012

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December 31st, 2012



Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Friday, December 28, 2012

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC        1,044        202         405
CNN           351        100         155
MSNBC           532        159         218
CNBC           178         63           92
FBN             44         13           24
HLN           185         79         106
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC        1,532        333         532
CNN           416        115         190
MSNBC           956        253         377
CNBC           213        110         108
FBN             55         16           24
HLN           303        103         145
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends        1,028        214         478
CNN Early Start/Starting Point           217         99         128
MSNBC Morning Joe           487        170         266
CNBC Squawk Box           114         30           66
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade           185        106         136
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE        2,050        332         738
CNN SITUATION ROOM           685        162         287
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS           968        241         322
CNBC MONEY IN MOTION           209         65           92
HLN OPTIONS ACTION           175         55           62
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER        2,055        335         669
CNN SITUATION ROOM           414        114         173
MSNBC POLITICS NATION           908        250         336
CNBC MAD MONEY           130         34           68
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           119         67           75
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH        1,596        313         547
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           375         90         134
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS           856        228         327
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT           110         33           55
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL           232         75         102
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        2,156        454         733
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           449        145         233
MSNBC ED SHOW           979        273         377
CNBC HOW I MADE MY MILLIONS           157         61           64
HLN NANCY GRACE MYSTERIES           273         81         142
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY        1,442        342         543
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT           446         95         173
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW           946        242         361
CNBC CRIME INC: WAR CNTRFT GDS           199        105         108
HLN WEEKEND MYSTERIES           336        103         147
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360 354 104 165
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR           681        188         269
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           290         91         126
MSNBC ED SHOW           414        115         179
CNBC MAD MONEY             85         40           57
HLN NANCY GRACE MYSTERIES           312        156         173

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.

  • Mark

    Since taxes have in fact gone up, is it accurate to say that republicans have broken their pledge not to increase taxes?
    But their is nothing they can do to stop that. The Bush tax cuts had a limited time period on them, they are now over(basically it’s not liek they were set ins tone forever). the question now is do you want to renew those taxes or not for people under 400k? And what difference does it make if you vote for it Dec 20th or Jan 1?

    But yes not voting for the reduction of taxes for people making under 400K would be going against the tax pledge.

  • usa8888

    The right wing radicals continue to try to RUIN the US economy using their completely erroneous drastic spending cut approach during a recession. The right tried EVERYTHING to defeat Obama, including buying the election (with the Koch Bros and Adelson), suppressing votes in 13 states, and running hundreds of millions of dollars of tv commericals which were outright lies—-but all this failed because the American People are smarter than the right wing GOP. The right is grasping at straws to keep the GOP from splitting in two–we will see what happens…………..

  • Hillbilly

    Rumor has it? Don’t they read this site? :razz:

    Allegedly, Ann Curry begged NBC to set her free. The fired “Today” anchor supposedly wants out of her contract to occupy CNN’s Anderson Cooper’s prime-time slot; rumor has it the network is on a ratings decline. If Ann Curry begs NBC hard enough, perhaps they will save face and finally do right by her.


  • usa8888

    Anyone with money in the Stock Market can thank the right wing kooks in the HOuse for disrupting the US and the world economic networks and reducing employees’ 401K’s. Thank you to all the extreme backward thinkers in the House…..you will lose even more seats in the House in upcoming elections……..

  • usa8888

    Hilbilly–you are WRONG–the network with declining ratings is FOX. And MSNBC is eating their lunch. You can bet Rupert is worried!!!!!!!

  • TZCA

    In-n-Outta here.

    Happy New Year everybody.

  • 1966

    what’s wrong with you? dont you know everything usa says is the truth?

  • usa8888

    ibsles comment “Obama and the Democrats are spending us into insolvency” is indicative of someone who has never been to college and who certainly has never had an economics course. Spending is, of course, necessary during a recession lest you go into depression. The GOP has soundly been defeated in the election and the American People side with Obama on all fiscal policies. So why do the uneducated right wingers continue to spout such absurd statements that only one of their equally uneducated types would agree with????

  • Hillbilly

    Matthew – In other words, assuming a person is not irresponsible with their money, a working person should reasonably expect that something outside of their control isn’t going to wreck their family’s financial stability, which IMHO is the real plight of the 21st Century working class family.


    I don’t see how you reach that goal. 1) No matter (with in reason) how much some make they won’t be reasonable. See lottery winners who go broke. 2) No matter what the pay is “things outside of their control” will always be a problem. We can’t guarantee 100% security from every thing.

    IMO to achieve the goal somebody would have to micro manage everybody’s life style & choices they make. From what they eat to what they drive. Now if you could find a way to make folks moral & responsible you might be able to achieve the goal. That leads to who decides what is moral & responsible.

    We (the USA) will never have a all middle class and above society. They will always be poor, middle class, & rich folks. They will always be unseen/out of their control things happen to all classes of folks. JMO

  • usa8888

    The American People can thank the extreme backward thinking right wing radicals in the House for voting against extending unemployment benefits, tax cuts for the middle class, and for trying to cut Social security benefits over time. This should insure significant losses to right wing HOuse in the future……………

  • usa8888

    Hillbilly misses the point again–he probably is against Social Security and Medicare like Lian Ryan and Cantor………….

  • Hillbilly

    Posted January 1, 2013 at 1:16 PM
    what’s wrong with you? dont you know everything usa says is the truth?


    Who? I know not of this parrot you speak of. :lol:


  • usa8888

    This just in: House right wing GOP defies Senate GOP memebers and votes to kill fiscall cliff bill–thus raising middle class tax rates, ending unemployment payments, causing world wide disruption to stock markets and reducing employee’s 401k’s balances. The right wingers also had the gumption to try to reduce Social Security benefits over time. The GOP is the party of the people–that was a joke………….

  • Matthew

    “I don’t see how you reach that goal. 1) No matter (with in reason) how much some make they won’t be reasonable. See lottery winners who go broke. 2) No matter what the pay is “things outside of their control” will always be a problem. We can’t guarantee 100% security from every thing.”

    I didn’t say it’s my goal that irresponsible people be financially secure, I said people who do the right things should have some degree of security against something like a major illness. You can’t protect people from everything, but it’s ludicrous that medical bankruptcy is a bigger threat here than in any other industrialized nation on Earth; we’re a first world nation with a third world financial problem. And I would certainly argue that wage stagnation is a solvable problem as well.

  • BevAG

    Happy New Year to everyone!!!

    I’ve been taking down decorations and cleaning the house to start anew for 2013. :) I’m so excited for a new year.

    On Friday we’re leaving to Texas and Tennessee to look at some property that we’re interested in. The exit from California is starting now within my family and extended family. I’ll be gone for about four weeks. I’ll get online when I can and I will come in and say hello.

    For the short period of time I’ve been here it’s been really fun. I have enjoyed meeting you all, even those I don’t agree with. (Some of you Democrats/Socialists could have been a little nicer, but I don’t expect much from Democrats/Socialists. You’re all angry all the time. It’s hard to be nice when you’re angry. I understand that).

    It’s been such great conversation. I fell in here by accident, and I’m glad I did. I wish you all the best in 2013.

    Most of you are really very interesting and fun at the same time. :) I love that. Thank you for that.

    Just some final thoughts:

    We have over 400 new federal laws that take place today and California has 876 new laws that go into effect today. Thank the super majority of Democrats for taxes going up all over the place in California. That’s in addition to the raising of taxes that the federal government is going to do.

    After living is this great state of California for 37 years, and most of my extended family longer, we’re all headed for a less tax-laden state. I’m starting to look forward to it, although I will miss the greatest of what California used to be until the Democrats took over and have taken us right into bankruptcy with their fiscal policies.

    This was all done with the last 41 years of Democrat voodoo economics that California has lived with. (I know there’s been some Rep governors in CA, but the Democrats have had the majority in the House and the Senate for the last 40 years except for one year, so the Rep governor is just a figurehead.)

    USA, who pretends to be some guru economic expert who is probably living in his parent’s basement and has never had a REAL job, thinks that Democrat policies in California are different than Democrat policies on a federal level. :::rolling my eyes::::: It’s all tax and spend whether it’s the Democrat state government or the Democrat federal government.

    What I foresee happening is the Democrat voodoo economics that is going to take place now is going to just bring us to our knees and then the Republicans, or another party, is going to have to come in and clean it up.

    One thing you’re not realizing, usa, is that majority of Americans are NOT news/political junkies like us in this forum. So when it all goes to crap because of Democrat fiscal policies, all the regular people are going to blame Obama for it, and it will, of course, be well deserved.

    Have a great month. I’ll see you all around February. :)

  • BevAG

    One last thing:

    Remember when Hillary blamed “the Right Wing conspiracy” about Bill cheating on her, and it turned out that it REALLY was Bill cheating on her and NOT a right wing conspiracy?

    I think Hillary is doing everything she can not to testify about her part in this Administration’s failure to protect and care about our Ambassador and three American citizens over in Benghazi who were sodomized and murdered.

  • usa8888

    Hey Bev–from my parents’ basement (I may be only 18), I think you will find that Texas and Tennessee are far inferior to California–don’t think you will like the topology, the weather, etc……….

  • TheBoss1

    @Raz and BevAG … you both are sick, delusional, pathetic, and totally devoid-of-reality bozos, since you both think Sec. Clinton concocted a blood clot in her brain so she wouldn’t have to testify before Congressional committees. So how could she pull this off? Pay off the neurosurgeons at the hospital?

    You both firmly occupy space on the right-wing wacko looney-tune fringe.

  • Letmethink

    Hey bev
    Interested to hear as to where you look and your thoughts. Did you pass on Oklahoma? While in Texas look at Weatherford TX

  • cathy


    Only glanced over it. But we agree that workers have to be active in demanding higher wages. You think it is done through collective bargaining, I say workers do it by having skills that are in high demand but low supply. If we want to end up on the winning side of the world economy U.S. workers need to become skilled in engineering and computer technological. 85% of Americans can perform the tasks required by UAW members but less than 3% have the skills to design a braking system or car engine.
    Obama had said on the campaign trail the answer to China is Americans becoming engineers and letting other countries being the nut and bolt turners of the world. (Of course Obama backed off of this when he learned it wasn’t popular.)

    We disagree that company’s won’t gives raises out of kindness. Management are people, I’ve been there. You want your employees to be happy and you want to reward their hard work. But when government regulations and increased taxes decrease your profits it’s the guy at the bottom who losses. (That how increased government size cost the average workers more than others.)

    COME ON Matthew. You don’t see a difference with government involvement with business and health care and the government’s involvement in the defense of our country!
    Trusting the government(maybe I should use the word politicians instead of government) and trusting the military are two different things. I find it sad that you do not understand this. The Federal Governments first task is to provide for a common defense (the military). The president is commander and chief of the military but everyone inside the military is specially trained and are continually trained to be the best they can be at their job. Our military is rich in tradition and values. They follow a set of strict rules. Military Officers do not blindly follow orders and The Nuremberg Trials, show officers that they will be held accountable for their actions even if they are following orders. I can assure you that if Obama ordered the military to bomb a U.S. city right now the order would not be executed.
    OUR MILITARY controls a NUCLEAR ARSENAL trained professionals. Just because I support our military doesn’t mean I agree with the Patriot Act.
    Again I don’t trust my government, politicians. The less impact they have on my life the better I feel. I trust my military and I have too. I don’t have the training or money to protect my country. I trust the people that undergo daily, weekly, monthly and yearly training to maintain an arsenal capable of global destruction. Your term “high tech police state”, is incorrect unless Obama has declared a state of emergency we are not under a police state.
    Simply the military undergoes training so they are very knowledgeable and trained for their duties. The military doesn’t control their spending. Big purchases are done by congress, so the military leaders can’t give a contract to a friend.
    The government (politicians) trying to bring us health care were not trained in health care, they have limited knowledge of health care and excused themselves from the health care bill they passed.

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