Cable News Ratings for Tuesday, January 1, 2013

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January 3rd, 2013


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Tuesday, January 1, 2013

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,011            209            421
CNN         724            230            344
MSNBC         424            116            187
CNBC         187             96            108
FBN           31               8             14
HLN         228            113            132
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,314            232            420
CNN       1,002            318            489
MSNBC         606            158            255
CNBC         295            137            166
FBN           51             24             32
HLN         251             93            141
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends         960            187            416
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         307            107            143
MSNBC Morning Joe         327             86            164
CNBC Squawk Box           73             31             32
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         228            134            137
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE SPCL         853            125            310
CNN SITUATION ROOM       1,115            269            495
MSNBC LAST WORD YEAR ENDER         404            123            183
CNBC HOTEL: BEHIND MARRIOTT         207            109            152
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         121             44             53
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,476            223            560
CNN SITUATION ROOM         895            295            379
MSNBC POLITCS NATION YEAR ENDER         372             71            132
CNBC 60 MINUTES ON CNBC         146             76             84
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           71             21             41
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,402            287            604
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         902            330            420
MSNBC HARDBALL YEAR ENDER         453             98            177
CNBC S JOBS BLLN DOLLAR HIPPIE         229            140            160
HLN MAKING IT IN AMERICA           72             21             40
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR SPCL       1,523            270            486
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360       1,033            325            495
MSNBC ED SHOW MID CLASS HEROES         535            132            212
CNBC 60 MINUTES ON CNBC         283            123            175
HLN NANCY GRACE MYSTERIES         223             88            121
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SR/FISCAL CLIFF VOTE CVG       1,234            206            371
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         902            295            459
MSNBC MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE         651            157            258
CNBC MADOFF BEHIND BARS         326            135            157
HLN WEEKEND MYSTERIES         241             88            141
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SR/FISCAL CLIFF VOTE CVG       1,144            237            398
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360       1,071            335            512
MSNBC MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE         621            181            290
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         275            153            165
HLN WEEKEND MYSTERIES         288            102            162
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SR/FISCAL CLIFF VOTE CVG       1,133            318            543
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT       1,185            392            566
MSNBC MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE         769            259            351
CNBC MOB MONEY: MRDRS & ACQSTN         212            101            108
HLN NANCY GRACE MYSTERIES         206             89            133

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 viewingPrime Time = 8-11pmLIVE+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 HHsCNBC: 97.497 million HHsFNC: 97.981 million HHsMSNBC: 95.526 million HHsFox Business: 68.407 million HHsNielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Patrick W.

    Foxnews is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • David Howell

    Impressive numbers for CNN, clearly the vote in Congress was enough of a “big story” for them to get a ratings boost!

  • Ralph Hahn

    Thursday and Friday’s ratings will show everything back to normal.

    If MSNBC’s ratings for the first day of the new year are indicative of the numbers that they will pull in for all of 2013, Comcast would be smart to change the format to yet another shopping channel, maybe, and get rid of the dead weight at MSDNC.

  • cathy

    @ Mark
    “Honestly who the hell votes for her? Michele Bachmann again tries to repeal Obamacare”

    What a stupid question, you silly little boy. Her constituency is against the health care bill and she is doing what she was elected to do.

    What a democratic spin on the story. Polls show that 52% of Americans favor repealing the health care law and that’s before they have even seen the cost of the act in the pay checks.
    The cost of Michele Bachmann putting forward this bill or any bill is $0. Congress gets paid work or not.

  • LMorris

    If you add all the numbers for the other networks, they outweigh the number of people watching Fox News. I think this goes to show how the United States voted in the 2012 election; a little less than half voted for Romney (Fox News) a little over half voted for President Obama (all OTHER News). Interesting…

  • Bobbyv

    Ah, another person admitting the media bias :)

  • ron300

    I am from the Seattle area. I listen to alot of the talk radio shows and found that Progressive radio in Seattle and Portland have been shut down due to lack of listerners. In the Seattle market in the last ratings period KTPK was just behind Mexican Regional…in Seattle!!!! It’s going the same direction for MSNBC, no one wants to listen to it, just like the radio, it is full of nothing but BS and nonsense.

  • Mark

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    What a stupid question, you silly little boy. Her constituency is against the health care bill and she is doing what she was elected to do.
    Here is the problem, the chances of Harry Reid putting it up for vote is slim, the chances of it passing if he did is even slimmer and in the very unlikely event Reid puts it up and it passes there is no chance in hell Obama will sign it. Simple fact is this is the 34th time they pulled this symbolic move with the exact same result the other 33 times(see above quote), their has to be more important things they can be trying to fix

  • Mark

    eta: when I say more important things to do I mean things that actually can pass and help this country as opposed to symbolic gestures that we all know won’t go anywhere and just waste time in the long run

  • cathy

    @Mark, It’s not the same bill each time it’s present. And the result is not only measured by what Harry Reid or Obama does with the bill. Plus many as Republicans just have High Hopes.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54yGSDBXdCM for 1966

    There is nothing important to the country that the house, senate and Obama agree about. So from what you are saying they should all do nothing because anything they do won’t be passed by the other party. Oh, wait a minute that’s would Reid and the democrats in the Senate are already doing. The cliff bill just pushed the can down the road two months.

    I believe the only reason republicans went for it was so Obama couldn’t blame the health care tax increases on the non-renewal of the Bush tax cuts.


    CNN should be very thankful for Ali Velshi’s coverage of fiscal cliff. He was plastered all over CNN on New Year’s Eve and Day. Burnett was no where to be found. That explains the ratings bump.

  • Jay Raskin

    When MSNBC started to have critical hosts, starting with Keith Olbermann in 2003, its demo ratings were about 20% of Fox’s. When Rachel Maddow came aboard in 2008, its demo ratings were about 40% of Fox’s. Its primetime ratings are now up to 80% of Fox’s. In the next year, it should surpass Fox’s ratings. Fox News was only able to dominate because it offered a coherent (albeit fascist) view of the world. It was the only network offering a coherent view. As soon as MSNBC offered a coherent optimistic view of the world, people started to watch.

    This movement towards caring and humanity and away from fear and fascism is part of a great change that has happened in the United States over the last 10 years. The fact that the Republican-Conservatives wrecked the economy under George Bush and created the greatest economic recession in 70 years probably has something to do with it.

  • Mark

    @Jay R

    Fox news has a niche audience of about 1.5-2M(3M for O’Reilly) that I don’t see them losing. The only negative of that audience is I think alot are 65+ which I guess over time will not be with us, so it might whittle away a bit over time but that is still a good 10 years from now.

    As for MSNBC I see them going back to 1M viewers(maybe slightly higher which would be a slight increase but not enough to beat Fox anytime soon)

  • 1966

    thanks cathy,Iremeber playing that song on my moms record player when I was 6 or 7 years old. ratboy likes frank sinatra too.

  • 1966

    for you cathy. we will have to wait 4 years but our day will come.

  • smg77

    There is no (legitimate) poll that shows 52% of Americans want Obamacare repealed.

  • Matthew

    There is nothing important to the country that the house, senate and Obama agree about. So from what you are saying they should all do nothing because anything they do won’t be passed by the other party.

    Well, it’s accurate to say that it is impossible for this Congress to pass Republican legislation; they can either negotiate Republican ideas into (mostly) Democratic legislation, or they can do nothing.

    The question is, if your goal is to ultimately do things like repeal Obamacare, pass deep spending cuts, or deregulate, is the GOP playing a good long-game by being obstructionist? If the 2012 results say anything (and I think they do), you could argue that they are not. After all, before you can actually do those things, you have to win the Congress and the WH.

    Think of where the Democrats were in 2006 – They’d signed on to lots of things (such as the Iraq War) that ultimately proved to be unpopular, but Bush and the Republicans took all of the blame, and all of the electoral consequences. When you look at 2012, you could argue that the Democrats should have suffered a similar defeat: The economy is sluggish, Afghanistan continues to be a pointless quagmire, Obama failed on a lot of his campaign promises.

    Unfortunately for the GOP, I think they found themselves getting hit with the double-edged sword of obstructionism. On the one hand, by obstructing legislation, a lot of these people are standing by their principles; on the other hand, they also gave the Democrats a plausible argument, which is to blame GOP obstruction for the state of things. For the sake of politics, the argument doesn’t have to be true, it only has to be plausible.

    Is the GOP’s current course of action giving them a clear course to passing conservative legislation within the next 2 years? The next 4? If not, then what’s the freaking point?

  • Stan T

    Jay Raskin
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    As soon as MSNBC offered a coherent optimistic view of the world, people started to watch.


    You call MSNBC coherent? Really? Have you spent even 2 minutes watching that network? It’s just like liberal talk radio….24/7 hate speech against republicans, conservatives, the religious right, gun owners…basically anyone not as far left as they are. And it’s not news…it’s all opinion shows…and there is no balance whatsoever. At least Fox News has on liberals all the time…of course, they prove just how rediculous a liberal sounds outside the echo chamber, but they do give both sides…MSNBC gives only one side, and only give it if it doesn’t hurt democrats.

  • cathy

    Jay Raskin, Your statement shows that you are brainwashed. The U.S. has always been loaded with caring and humanity. Only a radical or a brainwashed fool could be blind to that fact. And of course you bring up Bush as the reason of the economy. Obama’s be in charge for four years and did you see the unemployment numbers this week? For how many years are you people going to blame Bush.
    And you need to look up the word Fascism, Fascism advocates a state-controlled and regulated mixed economy. This sounds more like what Obama is trying to do.
    Only fools look at one party as being all good and the other party as being all bad.

    My call on the MSNBC up turn in ratings is that Obama supporters need to turn on MSNBC and get their daily “The U.S. is doing fine, Obama is the greatest. You did the right thing for voting for him.” Because as they go through their day to day life they see that things aren’t getting better in the U.S.

  • Stan T

    Posted January 3, 2013 at 9:28 PM
    There is no (legitimate) poll that shows 52% of Americans want Obamacare repealed.

    You mean they dont say that on MSNBC? Because i’ve seen plenty of polls that showed 52% wanted it repealed and anothe 20% wanted it changed…


    Actually, tomorrow it’s gonna dawn on people how little Obama and the democrats care about the middle class when they get a 2% increase in their FICA taxes tomorrow. And let’s not forget all the obamacare taxes that are starting to come in…you didn’t hear about all the democrats that are pissed off because they suddenly realized that all those medical manufacturing companies getting that great big tax increase from Obamacare are in their democratic voting districts…lol

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