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.

  • cathy

    Cheerful Charlie you are lying… Fox news is not basic cable. Stop trying to make MSNBC look better by lying.

    BTW: Comcast has bought NBC. So, if any channel was going to become basic cable it would be MSNBC

  • TheBoss1

    @cathy … MSNBC is NOT as available as FOX News. Last time I was traveling and staying in a hotel, I WAS NOT able to get MSNBC on the hotel cable, whereas FOX and CNN were available.

  • Faith3

    Yes, education is mainly a state and local issue but after the world wide economic melt down, it left states nearly bankrupt. The federal government has the ability and has offered federal aide throughout part of the economic crisis. The economic crisis is not over yet but the federal government is not offering support to states anymore in this particular area. This in turn has costs many schools to operate on bare bone budgets and to cut back on some of the most necessary programs. Furthermore, this usually happens in school systems that can afford it the least since its wealthier counterparts can afford for the public to chip in and pay the costs difference in local taxes. It all goes back to the inequality argument. If you live in a wealthy district you will probably have less of an impact than those that live in poorer areas. Not really an equitable way to fund school systems. Also, the public educational systems are not failing depending on how well a state runs its system. MA has some of the best school systems when compared to the US and internationally. The problem with our schools, as with every single state in the US, is that low income children are still not able to compete on par with their wealthier counterparts. That also holds true for low income students in private and charter schools. This is a national problem that has nothing to do with “public” schools alone but with all schools so the “throwing the money” argument is just empty rhetoric that doesn’t hit the real issue which is poverty and how it has effected our educational system nationwide. Until we want to have *that* discussion, not much is going to get solved.

    As far as domestic cuts, they have already been approved in the 2011 budget. Some of these things include food and safety cuts, home energy assistance to low income families and the elderly, health program cuts and state grants for various programs that help working and low income families.

    One last point, government involvement in the economy goes back to my original point on who holds the strings/power in our governmental system. It is clear which private sectors do and to deny it will solve nothing. The same private power elites who will deny any kind of support for the very people who pay the taxes for a better society as a whole but that’s not necessarily happening. We see whose getting the money by looking at the Gini index. Statistics don’t lie.

  • Faith3

    “Wrong that’s not how Health insurance companies work.”

    BS, that is exactly how insurance companies work.

  • Bsotgnw


    Another limitation of Gini coefficient is that it is not a proper measure of egalitarianism, as it is only measures income dispersion. For example, if two equally egalitarian countries pursue different immigration policies, the country accepting a higher proportion of low-income or impoverished migrants will report a higher Gini coefficient and therefore may appear to exhibit more income inequality.
    This explains the variance!

  • Faith3

    I’m not measuring egalitarianism in countries. I am strickly talking about the income dispersion of this country in the past 40 years.

  • 1966

    house passes bill

  • usa8888


  • usa8888

    Fox is in the lowest cost tier on satellite and cable and thus is more “available” than MSNBC, which is in the 2nd tier. Fox used to be much higher in ratings, but lately MSNBC has been on fire…so look for MSNBC to move to first tier soon….

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    We include the number of household subscribed to each cable news network at at the bottom of every post.

    Apparently, many people are unable to see them.

    Take a look, go ahead, you can do it!

    Only a trivial difference in the ratings can be explained by coverage differences.

  • cathy

    Faith3, I’m going to need some links to support your statements.
    I’ve worked for a health insurance company, you are wrong on how they work. It’s not as easy as you get a large group of people to spread the risk.

    I need your links to support your statements about schools too. And please don’t give me a NEA link. I want supported facts not the same NEA talking points.

    Detroit (poor school) spends per student $15,000
    Sub (rich school) spends per student $11,000
    my school district spends per student $9,850
    So, who is getting the most money?

    Inner City students are not at a disadvantage when it comes to money spend or classes that are offered. Because of the student population, inner city school have magnet schools.

    Detroit spends more per year to educate a grade school then tuition costs at the University of Michigan #29 best college in the U.S.

    Do you have links that detail those cuts? I only hear and read people telling me their are cuts but I can’t get details. I was just told by Washtenaw Country that their weatherization program got more money for 2013, then they got in 2012.

  • cathy

    Thanks for the information Bill.

  • Stan T

    I hate that cut and paste doesn’t work right anymore…sorry for the LONG post for something so short…

  • Stan T

    Posted January 1, 2013 at 6:52 PM
    Yes, education is mainly a state and local issue but after the world wide economic melt down, it left states nearly bankrupt.


    Actually, those same states were already in the toilet, IE California, Illinois…because those liberal states were over extending already…and raising taxes just runs people out of those states…do they learn? No, just like the liberals in DC…they need to learn to control how they spend OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY…

  • Stan T

    People keep saying how MSNBC is on fire….how do they come to that conclusion? Rachel was at 1800 and now she’s 946 and falling…that must be some more of that liberal math…you’re trying to redistribute Fox’s numbers to MSNBC to make it look like they’re doing something?

    The ONLY person to beat Fox News in the key demo was Larry O, against Greta…who is another liberal…no duh…

  • Stan T

    Posted December 31, 2012 at 3:53 PM
    Fox Cable ratings have been in decline for 3 months now–their trend is DOWNWARD and MSNBC’s ratings are the highest they have ever been.

    I don’t know what your smoking…but the highest MSNBC got to was during the election when Rachel was 1800 overall….she’s now half that…how is it the highest they’ve ever been?

  • AppleStinx

    Thanks to Bill for clearing the air. I feel at peace.

  • eggmanbill

    It’s a wonderful thing to watch the Fox No-News Pundits choke on their own BS, both insanity Hannity and Little Billy O have lost viewers due to their out right lies and BS. No more Karl Rove and Dick Morris it’s a beautiful thing!!!!! LOL

  • Coffee Steve

    Good Morning Everyone, I hope your New Years day was a good one

    Now my 2013 Predictions

    Super Bowl-An NFL team will win by a certain amount of points :-)

    Congress will STILL dis-agree on everything
    The Debt will rise and at the end of the year More people will be poorer
    Ratboy will win the Lottery (I bet he sees this one)
    I will drink coffee (Sure bet)
    The 2 big comets will NOT I repeat “NOT” hit the Earth ( I read that on the Myan Calendar)
    The Sun will rise and set each day (The Moon will not turn to Cheese)
    Taxes will rise, and they will blame Global Warming (I’d say Climate Change but by June they will more than likely find a different name)
    Gas will hit a regular 5 bucks a gallon and never go below that again.
    More Chevy Volts will explode, and Unc le Sam will remind you they are safe as long as you park it 4 blocks away at a mean neighbors house.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR :lol:

  • Ratboy

    Gooood Morning!

    Happy New Year………..is it over yet? Keep in mind, with 2014 right around the corner better things might be ahead. 2013 has been quite a year and congress and the President still have not seen common ground………….

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