Cable News Ratings for Friday, January 4, 2013

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January 7th, 2013



Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Friday, January 4, 2013

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,165            237            474
CNN         332             84            138
MSNBC         511            144            232
CNBC         139             33             65
FBN           46             10             22
HLN         239            101            125
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,691            315            607
CNN         376            117            157
MSNBC         853            238            394
CNBC         127             49             50
FBN           39             10             20
HLN         422            148            197
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,084            238            508
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         211             63            119
MSNBC Morning Joe         511            175            261
CNBC Squawk Box         119             24             62
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         191            122            141
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       2,095            339            807
CNN SITUATION ROOM         546             84            182
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         831            164            311
CNBC MONEY IN MOTION         113             19             58
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         106             47             64
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       2,079            334            778
CNN SITUATION ROOM         511             90            177
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         828            222            359
CNBC MAD MONEY         123             47             89
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         135             41             54
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,760            340            697
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         609            113            238
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         743            198            329
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         168             25             83
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         199             95             96
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,552            416            859
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         508            162            222
MSNBC ED SHOW         878            214            381
CNBC HOW I MADE MY MILLIONS         124             42             54
HLN NANCY GRACE MYSTERIES         399            152            182
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       1,526            337            586
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         332             97            130
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       1,008            302            465
CNBC CRIME INC: SECRETS 4 SALE         137             61             51
HLN WEEKEND MYSTERIES         429            144            181
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA         977            192            370
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         289             92            119
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         666            198            329
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         119             46             44
HLN WEEKEND MYSTERIES         438            147            228
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR         961            229            447
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         139             56             63
MSNBC ED SHOW         398            140            212
CNBC MAD MONEY           55             18             32
HLN NANCY GRACE MYSTERIES         374            133            203

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.

  • Patrick W.

    Foxnews wins again!!! The Sharpton channel loses again.

  • dana

    Its time for greta to step aside for lou dobbs….

  • Laurence Glavin

    The Murdoch-owned NY Post ran an article about the people fleeing the Faux Right-Wing Propaganda Network right after Flappingjowlsman signs off and Cement-head comes on. It averages one-million people per weeknight; exactly what happened Friday. Gotta love Lawrence O’Donnell’s total viewers figure: 666 thousand. He’s literally bedevilling Greta.

  • Larry

    STUPID HANNITY!! He’s got alot of nerve beating Racheal in all the demos!

  • 1966

    hannity wins again!!!

  • Mike

    Let me get this straight: Greta has 977,000 (or 47% more viewers) than Mr. ‘Plagiarism’ O’Donnell but O’Donnell is “literally bedevilling Greta.” I don’t get it. Even if you want to ‘crow’ about beating Greta by 6,000 in the 25-54 Demo, most advertisers would still see that as as statistical tie and go with Greta because of her overall strength in total numbers. Meanwhile, after a decline following the election, Hannity is beating Maddow in all the demo’s. Interesting spin, Laurence.

  • Mark

    In terms of judging ratings, I don’t think the past 2 weeks is a good period to judge things due to the holidays, by the end of this week we will get a better idea where all stations stand(ie not vacation time, no real major things going on, etc).

  • Letmethink

    Early Start/Starting Point back to dismal ratings around 200.
    Dana I like Great but I agree with you–Lou Dobbs would be better in that slot.

  • Doug

    @Mike – No, advertisers wouldn’t go with Greta on the strength of her “overall” numbers. Doesn’t work that way. Demo winner = ad winner. Period.

  • AppleStinx

    The problem with Greta is that she sometimes has a very tired look by Tuesday already. Of the three FNC primetime programs, she has the best inside-the-beltway interviews, which probably isn’t that interesting to younger viewers.

  • Mark

    The problem with Greta is that she sometimes has a very tired look by Tuesday already. Of the three FNC primetime programs, she has the best inside-the-beltway interviews, which probably isn’t that interesting to younger viewers.
    Maybe she can gain more respect if she didn’t have Donald Trump and Sarah Palin on their so often. lol

  • Sunshine


    From Thursday

    Posted January 7, 2013 at 3:32 PM
    Cathy I am an American who married a Canadian (second) and live in Windsor . I grew up in Northern Michigan and have been in Windsor for several years.

  • AppleStinx

    It looks like Bret Baier lost some weight and Shep gained a bit. Starting the new year fair and balanced. :wink:

  • Mark2
  • d.d.

    Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is profiled by Harper’s Bazaar.


    Glad to see our gal pal Sunshine stopped to vist .


    Remember the two government shut downs during Clinton’s tenure . The 1990’s shutdowns taught the Republicans their limits & while the 1994 midterms taught Democrats theirs, Clinton had said.

    The U.S. might run out of funds to pay all its bills as early as Feb. 15 after it exhausts emergency measures undertaken when it hit the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling at the end of last month, the Bipartisan Policy Center said today. “Based on financial data from Treasury, the estimate is that the government will be unable to pay all of its bills as early as Feb. 15 .

    What happens if we go into a government shutdown ?

    Employees would not be sent home, and checks would continue to be issued. If the Treasury was low on cash, however, there could be delays in honoring checks and disruptions in the normal flow of government services.”

    But with failure to raise the debt ceiling “If Congress fails to increase the debt limit, the government would have to stop, limit, or delay payments on a broad range of legal obligations, including Social Security and Medicare benefits, military salaries, interest on the national debt, tax refunds, and many other commitments,” the Treasury Department has said .

    We have more serious financial problems than we had in the 90’s & have almost no wiggle room.


    We love DISH since switching from Charter . They are always including freebies , whether they be movies or something like this.

    New Dish Box Sends TV Shows ‘Hopping’ to iPad


  • Crazy Cannuck

    From where I sit up here in the frozen north in Canada, the so-called ‘fair and balanced’ FNC is far more biased than CNN and I virtually never watch MSNBC. CNN just comes across to me as more moderate in their overall approach but, apparently, from the ratings, what do I know!

  • Bobbyv

    Hey Crazy,

    I think CNN does lean a bit left but does present other points of view (at least their website does)

  • cathy

    @sunshine, I like Windsor. When my kids played Hockey, I went there a lot. Normally, I spend boxing day at the Columbia outlet store, Huron-Church. I missed it this year.

    I like Lou more then Greta.

    CNN has surprised me lately. They still lean to the left but they have some right leaners at times.

  • Dana

    Letmethink:: back when Lou dobbs was on CNN he match Chris Mathews in the ratings…presented with a fox show he would romp…if fox got him uncuffed from the business angle he would be awesome revealing the hypocrisies of the left…

  • Jim

    Soledad O’Brien’s constant interrupting, arrogance, and rudeness is driving me to [choke] Morning Joe. Will somebody PLEASE tell her to JUST SHUT UP? We want to hear the experts, not the talking head.

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