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.

  • d.d.

    @usa4 8’s
    I think you will find that Texas and Tennessee are far inferior to California–don’t think you will like the topology, the weather,

    I love Tennessee ! You shouldn’t make statements like that . We have mountains, not as majestic as the Rockies, but scenic , as well as hundreds of waterfalls , lakes , huge expanses of green space , & , a state government that leaves us alone . It’s a beautiful state except for being lax in zoning. That I can overlook, for the people are so friendly & willing to help . Several years ago, a couple from another state was looking at places to retire. Our town is listed in the ‘Where to Retire’ magazine so they were here & got lost. It was Thanksgiving , &, they stopped to ask directions at a home & ended up staying for Thanksgiving dinner . That’s the best example of TN.


    Take time & enjoy your stay here for you are welcome !

    Not what you are looking for but we love it

    We fish so this is a fishing page plus community video at bottom of page


  • Faith3

    In this health care bill, the government doesn’t need to be trained in health care because they will not be delivering it. They want to take on some of the risks rather than having individuals who don’t have insurance assume all the risks. They can accomplish this much like how insurance companies do by expanding the pool of clients so costs remain reasonable.

  • Cheerful Charlie

    Fox News is basic cable, anybody who gets cable gets Fox, watch it or not, want it or not. MSNBC costs more money to get it is in a a premium tier. So you would expect then that Fox gets more viewers since, it is what is on for those who have only basic cable et al. If everybody got MSNBC the same as they got Fox, the numbers would probably be far different. Once you get Rachel Maddow or Ed Schultz, you cannot go back to hannity or O’reilly.

    Cheerful Charlie

  • Matthew


    What you are describing is true for most non-political government jobs; it’s not as if the people running, say, a public option health insurance program are going to be politicians, it’s going to be people for whom that is their chosen field. Even when it comes to legislation, the politicians are influenced (for better or worse) by a variety of interested experts and lobbyists.

    As for my high-tech police state comment, I meant exactly what I said, with an emphasis on the ‘high tech.’ The average citizen probably isn’t aware of just how vastly things like facial recognition software has in a very short period, nor how much some of the technology we’ve developed for national defense is being used domestically. d.d. has commented on here previously about how unmanned spy drones occasionally sweep her area. Personally, I have a huge problem with this, and I’d prefer to see the DHS abolished.

  • d.d.


    I have hovering helicopters looking for weed every year because of the gardens, but, a drone only once. If I said more often, I misspoke. I expect they are more prevalent in Oak Ridge which isn’t far from here.


    Senate’s “fiscal cliff” bill adds $4 trillion to deficits: CBO

    Senate’s “fiscal cliff” bill packed with sweeteners
    – –

    Rum breaks for Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands

    tax breaks to a wide range of other groups and interests, including motorsports entertainment complexes and mine rescue teams.

    special expensing rules for certain film and TV productions

    * tax-exempt financing for New York Liberty Zone, an area around the site of the World Trade Center.

    * extension of American Samoa economic development credit

    a dozen provisions would extend credits and incentives for plug-in electric vehicles, energy-efficient appliances, biodiesel and renewable diesel, and other alternative energy initiatives.

    Measures to avert the dairy cliff”


    Have a good night !

  • usa8888

    The moderate Repubs and the dems in the House have the votes to pass the Senate version of the fiscal cliff bill (which 40 or 45 Repub senators voted for), but the t-bag kooks in the House are holding Boehner (and the American People) hostage and will not the Senate bill come to a vote on the House floor.
    The right wingers are putting the US and whole world in jeopardy. The right wing is responsible for the world stock markets potentially tanking tomorrow and 401k’s dropping, as well as the end of unemployment payments, etc…..

  • Bsotgnw

    Oh California
    California named worst state for business in magazine survey – Los …articles.latimes.com/…/business/la-fi-mo-california-worst-sta…

  • Bsotgnw

    when was the last time the Senate passed a budget?

  • Bsotgnw


    The pledge was to not “vote for a tax increase”. You are obviously not a lawyer nor does USA8888 know squat about ecconomics.

  • Bsotgnw


    It seems a little disingenious to claim Republicans tried to buy an election whe Obama out spent McCain 3 to 1. That was ok?
    FactCheck.org : Advertising Money: McCain vs. Obamawww.factcheck.org › Ask FactCheckCached
    You +1’d this publicly. Undo
    Nov 3, 2008 – A: Overall, Obama has outspent McCain by nearly 3-to-1, but in the closing week it’s … McCain has spent less than half as much, just under $134 million, … Obama endorses a proposal that would require businesses without

  • cathy


    Government has to take money from the people to do anything. There is a social value. Education could add a economic value when it is used correctly. Like I said in my last post, we are not using our education system correctly. Only 2% of pell grant students are enrolled in engineering and computer tech programs. Most government grant money go to people getting degrees in very low demand fields. I think all federal grant money should go only to educate students in high demand fields. We are wasting money by the government pay for degrees in method acting. People need to acquired highly demanded skills if they want good paying jobs.

    “we cut away from our educational systems, and other social safety nets and domestic programs. We cut away on investing where it counts while we blame the very systems we need as risks have been shifted almost entirely on individuals in the past 40 years.”

    The ” ” is straight from you. When have we cut our educational systems? First, education is a state issue not a federal government issue. Second in 1970 the federal government spent $371 per student, in 2011 it was $1286 per student. That’s a cut! What safety net cuts, what domestic program cuts.
    Our education system has failed. We throw more money at it every year and it doesn’t help. Stop forcing children into a failing public schools and give the parents vouchers. Let parents choice their children’s school. Stop repeating the NEA lies. There have been no education cuts.

    You say the system is broke and I agree.
    For years our system has been increased government involvement in the economy. That isn’t helping. You should to be for more government involvement even though that has been our system for 40 years.

  • RedBarSoup

    more than half of states are slashing their education budgets this year.

    According to a new analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 26 states will spend less per pupil in fiscal year 2013 than the year before, and 35 are still spending at levels lower than before the recession, after adjusting for inflation.

  • RedBarSoup

    I don’t think he ever said state or government cut the education spending….so your whole paragraph is just assumption

  • Doug Z

    We are spending $20 for every $12 we take in. The cuts will be cuts to “proposed increases”. This means that a department that planned to increase 8% will only increase 4% … so they call it a 4% cut. It is a 4% increase, but gov’t speak calls it a cut. If we taxed the > $1M crowd at 100%, it would not pay for all the spending. I’m an independent … but if we don’t cut spending drastically (entitlement, military, corporate welfare, etc.) … then we’re just re-arranging the deck chairs on the titanic. Banana republic, here we come. Only hope is that, if the republic dies a quiet death, some smaller republics true to what our founding fathers envisioned can rise from the ashes.

  • Doug Z

    Fiscal Cliff Deal: $1 in Spending Cuts for Every $41 in Tax Increases

    According to the Congressional Budget Office, the last-minute fiscal cliff deal reached by congressional leaders and President Barack Obama cuts only $15 billion in spending while increasing tax revenues by $620 billion—a 41:1 ratio of tax increases to spending cuts.

  • Doug Z

    @usa4 8?s
    I think you will find that Texas and Tennessee are far inferior to California–don’t think you will like the topology, the weather,

    If Ca is so great, why is everybody leaving. Google it/

  • cathy


    I can see where you are coming from but the problem is who decides what responsible actions are?
    Is it responsible to not go to a trade school or college?
    My nephew has turned down training in the electrical trade, the building trade and the mechanical trade. Because it was easier just to go to work at the steel plant. Is that a responsible action? He and his wife decided to have four children even though money was tough when they had two.

    If you lived a responsible life by most peoples standard and you had a major medical problem. Most people in your community would help you out. When my mother had her stroke she did not have health insurance. The hospital pointed us to a number of charities. Her hospital bill was over $100,000. My mother owned a house worth $90,000 (it was paid off.) She had $30,000 in a retirement fund and $200 in the bank. The hospital settled the bill for the $28,000 we got from charities. They wrote off the rest. My mother keep her house and her retirement funds.

  • cathy

    Hillbilly, “Who? I know not of this parrot you speak of. ”

    I love that. ;-)

  • Doug Z

    CBO: ‘Fiscal cliff’ deal carries $4 trillion price tag over next decade

    The CBO says the budget agreement will lead to an overall increase in spending of about $330 billion over 10 years.

  • cathy


    WHAT? You don’t need to know about health care to pass a health care bill?
    “They can accomplish this much like how insurance companies do by expanding the pool of clients so costs remain reasonable.”
    Wrong that’s not how Health insurance companies work. Contracted to Blue Cross Blue Shield for five years. Health insurance is very complex.
    BTW: BCBS employees numerous doctors, dentists, pharmacist, nurse.

    You sound like Nancy P. How can you be happy with a bill that congress excludes themselves from?

    Matthew, I live on a island in the middle of the Detroit River. Canada is just 2 miles east across the river. Dearborn is 15 miles to the NW. Dearborn has the largest Islamic population in the country. Since 9/11/2001, we have drones and see border patrol all the time. A couple terrorist come over into American by flying into Windsor and having family from Dearborn picking them up by boat in Amertsburg. I don’t like it but it’s a price the country has decided to pay for increased safety. Did you know that every cell phone call is monitored within 10 miles of the President and every Federal Building? I’m not happy about that either.

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