Cable News Ratings for Thursday, January 3, 2013

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January 4th, 2013


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Thursday, January 3, 2013


P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,179            234            472
CNN         348            101            142
MSNBC         591            181            278
CNBC         192             56            103
FBN           59             12             23
HLN         183             78            105
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,938            381            717
CNN         455            151            195
MSNBC       1,061            278            496
CNBC         285            157            183
FBN           51             14             25
HLN         312            138            187
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,047            237            484
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         256            104            130
MSNBC Morning Joe         537            228            289
CNBC Squawk Box         131             26             62
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         213            122            158
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       2,099            304            854
CNN SITUATION ROOM         569            136            198
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         912            197            370
CNBC FAST MONEY         207             57            112
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           85             37             64
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,974            261            672
CNN SITUATION ROOM         441            119            135
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         805            200            347
CNBC MAD MONEY         155             55            101
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         114             46             62
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,589            287            592
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         473            161            184
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         785            223            368
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         135             16             54
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         217             68            110
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,786            481            954
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         563            186            264
MSNBC ED SHOW         948            211            406
CNBC FACEBOOK OBSESSION, THE         229            133            134
HLN NANCY GRACE         357            135            242
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       1,740            357            703
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         433            127            158
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       1,189            334            590
CNBC BILLIONS BEHIND BARS         287            151            182
HLN WHAT WOULD YOU DO         283            126            155
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,263            303            485
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         367            140            162
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL       1,046            290            492
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         338            187            235
HLN WHAT WOULD YOU DO         296            152            164
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR         994            304            490
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         302            122            116
MSNBC ED SHOW         560            186            270
CNBC MAD MONEY         147             59            102
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         207             96            117

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


  • cathy


    Parents are the only answer. People joke about a “B” being an Asian “F” but that’s the reason most Asian students are so successful. Good grades are demanded. School work before anything else.

  • Doug Z


    Job growth for the high educate and under educated has to grow. As they have lead us into what we have and where we are going. What will you do with the other for they will not stand being poor with so many doing so well. The non-college grad will be poor. There will be to many of them in poverty. We can not have that. The tax revenue has fallen without them and the Gov will not and can not pay the bills. It is these people that need a chance to contribute. They are the taxes and producers. If we leave them behind we will all go down with them.The first place on the economic ladder is manufacturing and natural resourses. This is money, Product. Without them you will need and army to protect the rich from their own people.

  • Letmethink

    @faith. Why do you think I am setting up a strawman? I am simply responding to your arguments. You mentioned a program and suggested that it was successful. I don’t question you if you report that it was successful in your school but most studies independent of the developer don’t show such success. Beyond that, you seem to have abundant faith in government and think that more government money solves the problems. I, think government more often makes the problems worse.
    @cathy. I agree–until parents accept responsibility for the children they bring into the world we won’t progress. That des not mean as Faith suggested that we propose giving up on the poor, the mentally challenged or the disenfranchensized child but we can’t continue to blame the successful for the deficiencies of the unsuccessful.
    @DougZ. I did not grow up in the lap of luxury. But, I did not blame those more successful than me for my position in life. I wanted to work hard and better myself not pillage the rich. I have done OK. I don’t understand your post. What are you suggesting?

  • usa8888

    JP–You can’t be serious. As I have stated repreatedly–mnaybe you missed it–the right wing GOP{bankrolled by radical billionaires Koch Bros and Adleson) tried to BUY the last election. They supressed the vote all over the country and run hundreds of millions of dollars of lies on tv. Their lackeys made lines so long, it took up to 8 hours to vote…because these lackeys purposely understaffed the voting offices and did not have enough voting machines. Further, there was no need for checking id’s –there had been virtually no cases of voter fraud. On the contrary , most of the voter fraud was committed by the GOP and documented on TV.. The right wing kooks in the House are so UNEDUCATED that they WANT the government to default on its debt–debt that has already been incurred. Fortunately, the moderate Repubs voted with the democrats and passed the fiscal cliff bill, which Obama and the majority of the country supported. There is no comparison with Sandy and Katrina (your friend Brownie screwed everything up). The GOP didn’t pass the Senate version of the fiscal bill initially not because of some pork in it (that could have been negotiated out easily) but because the right wingers are inherently AGAINST any tax increases for the wealthy, whose tax rates are at 60 year lows and who are NOT creating jobs. Also, Norquist’s anachronistic thinking has held these right wingers hostage. Most of the debt was incurred as a result of Bush’s unfunded wars, drug program, and tax cuts. Further, you NEVER drastically cut spending in a bad recession. The right wing is so uneducated and so backward thinking they don’t understand simple economics……..

  • cathy

    Doug Z,

    What you are saying is what we did for the last twenty years. We keep high paying low skill jobs around just to employee people. The UAW has held back increased automation for years. It doesn’t work. Businesses have always gone to the place that allows them to make the most money. You can’t stop that. The U.S. used to have the most educated workers. That isn’t going to be true in the next 5 years.
    People have to get an education pass high school. I hated school it was very hard for me to get through. But it was college or living on the government. I didn’t trust the government to take care of me.
    What you are saying is nothing short of extortion. We have to create good paying jobs for people who don’t want to go to college or go to trade school. Because it we don’t they will not stand being poor and steal from the educated.
    What has our country become? Throughout history people have realized that education and trade skills are needed to improve our lives. Families would send the children miles away from home to be an apprentice to a tradesman. It was always considered a honor/privilege to have that type of opportunity.
    When it was illegal to teach the poor to read they would risk death to learn.
    But today, in the U.S. people cry, “School isn’t for everyone.” Be it trade school or college. “Companies make enough money, they give me a high paying job even through I don’t have any skills. They should use me to screw the bolt that a machine.” And we support these statements?!
    Through government grants and private company scholarships, the poor can go to junior college, trade school and state colleges for free. But few choose to go.

  • 1966

  • cathy

    @letmethink, I don’t want to give up on any child. But we can’t keep spending most of our educational funds on our weakest performers. Especially when we are not seeing results.

  • Doug Z


    I was just saying to manufacture and make natural resource. These are not low skilled . If one does not produce they will be poor, as Western counties have become. Third world nations know this. They are coming on strong.They are producing and paying for our school , by buying our bonds. We lost $4000 Avg income under BHO.It is not his fault, But his lack of fixing this will show up soon.

  • Doug Z

    I meant these are skilled

  • Doug Z

    In the old days people were educated for what they did by the company, union, ect. Now they are to cheap and just move to a third world nation for slave labor , like Apple does.

  • Doug Z

    The Gov will never teach what is needed . I went to college. Toooooooooo many people go to college and will never use it.

  • Mark

    I remember when Fox News used to beat MSNBC 3-1 and 4-1 in Prime Time. Not anymore.

  • d.d.

    Good Sunday morning!



    You told Faith3 that “The study you stated only showed parents income to achievement.” You are absolutely right . That’s pretty much all the article did. Then you said “the document by Sean F. Reardon of Stanford University is nothing more then a propaganda piece.” Not so. I go to Stanford for scholarly papers on education because of the school’s based Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank.

    Faith & I have been over this a few times in the past.

    United States schools fail international competition

    US schools are not the best in the world even though the US spends more money per student than any other country but Switzerland. On average US students place 32nd in the world in math, following Portugal. The best state, Massachusetts, is only 9th in the world; the most populous state (California) comes in 37th. (2011) While 24 countries trail the U.S. rate of improvement, another 24 countries appear to be improving at a faster rate. Nor is U.S. progress sufficiently rapid to allow it to catch up with the leaders of the industrialized world.

    Sad isn’t it?

    Faith talks about the money bled off by administrators, Washington D.C.’s building expenses that have done the same… etc. Her state of Massachusetts deserves a great deal of credit for bucking the poor education trend. Parental involvement is paramount , but, it is more than that . Teaching methods matter, as Mass. shows. It stretches the imagination, that in 49 states there’s no parental involvement, but, in 1, there is.

    Increasing money to the schools isn’t the answer. I’d really like to see less District involvement in the control of the purse strings, though, &, I’d sure like to see less Federal involvement.

    I lived in Ohio in 1991. Even at that time , the Federal government was out of control in the schools. It only provided seven percent of the education budget, but caused 55% of the red tape. Washington is dreadful at micromanaging what actually happens in schools and classrooms. Our Federal government has evolved from funder and equalizer into enforcer and regulator.

    Faith talks class size, but, if you read the scholarly papers over the last 10 years , you read contradictory reports. What I have ferreted out, is class size does seem to matter in elementary schools or poor schools.

    I have never seen a sustained research project , but, it is my belief , that children’s brain pathways have changed primarily due to technology. I don’t know if anyone has heard of retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman, a leading expert on media violence and youth, but his lectures are fast paced & thought provoking.

    Grossman is the author of the Pulitzer-nominated book On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society. His most recent book, Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill, is co-authored by Gloria DeGaetano. He’s been in the news since Sandy Hook discussing not so much brain changes, but, conditioned reflexes taught by violent video games. I take it a step further believing there are brain changes, but, unless PET scans are done from childhood to adulthood , this isn’t provable. Radiation effects are known to be cumulative in nature so I don’t foresee this being done.

  • Letmethink

    @Faith Comparing results for special needs children to children without special needs is an apple to orange comparison.

    Faith are you suggesting using a special ed program in a regular classroom? Is that not teaching to the bottom of the class?

    A real detriment to education is the paperwork required by the govt. A teacher is forced to spend so much time and effort getting that done that they have little time left to prepare lessons. Some schools hire aides to do the paperwork.

  • Snap Tie

    We are all doomed. We now have a system where anyone questioning billions of dollars of federal spending is considered a lunatic. Now we just think whoever offers the most money is the best politician. And of course that money comes in the form of a bad check!! Or if Obama goes with the Nuclear 14th.Amendment – a shiny new “coin”

  • Letmethink

    Just looked up Reardon and read some of his work. He does seem to be very left leaning and the study does not look at some things that are variables in the equation. Since 50% of the population now has an IQ below 100–might that also be a factor. Also single parent family, single parent family with no involvement of the non-custodial parent, number of children in the one parent family that falls within the poverty level and again involvement of non-custodial parent.
    Also, studies focuses that the gap is widening due to income, it does not deal with the fact the top level also is declining. Now that can’t be due to income if that is the thesis of Mr. Reardon’s work.

  • Letmethink

    Also, studies focuses that the gap is widening due to income, it does not deal with the fact the top level also is declining. Now that can’t be due to income if that is the thesis of Mr. Reardon’s work.

    oops Study focuses on income gap but does not note that the top level of performance is ale in decline.

  • Letmethink

    To me this study is pushing the class warfare and not looking at other issues that influence education. The left leaning sites are waving this study like a hammer to further beat up those that are successful. The thesis–surely the poor are failing because of the rich. We must take more from them and make them pay.

  • Faith3

    Good morning all,

    Cathy, one factor could be that children born into families with higher income may have more and better opportunities young before they even start school. I don’t find that far fetched but whatever the reasons, many low income children are starting school far behind the eight ball. It is now the responsibility of the school to try and catch them up.

    “The real facts are that schools in poor areas spend more money per students then most other schools.” That is a logical fallacy. First, not all schools in poor areas do. Second, it is untrue to say “then most schools”. There is no data showing that poor schools spend more than most schools. I can tell you MA is one of the states that spends a high amount of money on education and so do several other states surrounding the area with good results. That in itself shoots your argument right in the foot. More money in a school system may or may not show results. A lot of that goes back to how the school system has to allocate those funds. We can reason, while money may be just one factor, there are many more factors we need to consider when assessing performance and when demonstrating performance. Presently, for a school system to show performance, it can costs a small fortune when you talk about benchmarking progress. That is a mandate in Race to the Top schools but that mandate isn’t necessarily being funded through ‘those’ that mandated it. That is of course is just one problem schools may face. Until we want to have an honest discussion, these problems are not going to resolve themselves.

  • Letmethink

    Faith overall, more money is spent schools in poor areas and on poor students in schools. Since we spent 550 billion last year to eradicate poverty–how can so many people still live in poverty?
    I agree MA does well but it is also the 3rd richest state in the US so you are not dealing with the poverty seen in other states.
    I agree the discussions need to be honest but when we spend more and more and get less and less how can an honest discussion be only about spending more and more government involvement. When will we discuss personal responsibility?

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