Cable News Ratings for Friday, January 11, 2013

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January 14th, 2013



Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Friday, January 11, 2013

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,159            252            466
CNN         372            105            158
MSNBC         476            134            202
CNBC         128             34             60
FBN           35             12             23
HLN         239             95            119
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,956            332            701
CNN         652            136            241
MSNBC         757            170            322
CNBC         107             46             47
FBN           46             17             26
HLN         431            143            197
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,139            304            533
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         186             81            120
MSNBC Morning Joe         464            137            209
CNBC Squawk Box           98             46             62
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         242            148            180
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,958            387            663
CNN SITUATION ROOM         527            124            219
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         850            267            349
CNBC MONEY IN MOTION           63               9             35
CNBC OPTIONS ACTION         123             14             46
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         205             63             86
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,981            358            657
CNN SITUATION ROOM         337            106            127
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         810            225            351
CNBC MAD MONEY           93             33             54
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         225             73            101
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,756            338            687
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         363            134            141
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         825            198            335
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT           90             17             30
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         232             75            129
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,985            443         1,001
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         592            136            202
MSNBC ED SHOW         813            159            320
CNBC HOW I MADE MY MILLIONS         133             62             52
HLN NANCY GRACE MYSTERIES         321             94            153
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY SPECIAL       1,936            367            755
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         809            145            275
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW         946            238            428
CNBC CRIME INC HLLYWD ROBBERY           70             26             40
HLN WEEKEND MYSTERIES         433            143            189
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD SPCL         933            186            343
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         555            129            245
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         512            113            218
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         118             49             48
HLN WEEKEND MYSTERIES         540            191            248
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,066            253            501
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         325             70            155
MSNBC ED SHOW         345             89            145
CNBC MAD MONEY           38             12             16
HLN NANCY GRACE MYSTERIES         368            160            197

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: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.

  • Ratboy

    So the Hannity special smokes Maddow and his specials on fridays do not normaly do that well so does that mean that Rachel is TANKING???? Is she on her way out??? Is the management ready to let her go??? Is the fire OUT????? oooooor does it mean that FOX has gotten back to the normal numbers handily beating MSDNC like normal and Hannity is back where he was doing what he does for the huge amount they pay him under his new contract?

  • Doug

    Wow, slow day in cable news…and FBN just literally fell off the map on Friday.

  • marvin

    CNBC’s ratings were absolutely ABYSMAL! Any chance they’ll finally wise up and realize that their viewers don’t want another political coverage network?

  • cathy

    Ok, Mark, Mark2 What are Stewart number?
    Here is a clip of the Steward’s show.. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/11/jon-stewart-al-gore-al-jazeera-fox-boner-alert_n_2455801.html
    Now, Matthew, Mark, and Mark2 explain to me again how Stewart has really changed his format and he’s more about delivering news then getting a laugh?!

  • Ratboy

    Hey Cathy, did you happen to see what was at the top of the Huff and Puff page that the aticle was posted on??? The page is titled C O M E D Y!!! Do you think that Mark2 will be able to grasp the meaning??? :shock: :lol: :lol:

  • Matthew

    Now, Matthew, Mark, and Mark2 explain to me again how Stewart has really changed his format and he’s more about delivering news then getting a laugh?!

    Are the two mutually exclusive? And it’s not about ‘delivering the news,’ at least in the way that say, a 24/h network delivers breaking news, or nightly news shows deliver news, it’s about editorializing, in the same way that the evening shows on the cable news networks do. I’m not even sure what you’re trying to argue here, honestly.

  • Laurence Glavin

    Friday night’s programming on MSNBC was a little odd: there was no “The Last Word” with either Lawrence O’Donnell or a guest host. Instead, they ran a repeat of Al Sharpton’s show. I don’t know if that was a last-minute substitute of some kind, or if it will become a Friday night staple. One thing that this highlights: AL SHARPTON NEVER TAKES A NIGHT OFF! It appears that he’s there every weeknight, holidays, you name it. Unless MSNBC goes to a prison-doc schedule for a holiday, even if EVERY OTHER host is off, Al is there!

  • Ratboy

    OOOOOPSY Tingles! Maybe you should see what your boss is up to before you open your pie hole!!!! :lol:

    Don’t Tell Rabidly Anti-Gun Hardball Host Chris Matthews, But His Employer Sponsors a Gun Show

    On his January 10 program, pro-gun control Hardball host Chris Matthews was utterly perplexed at the very notion of gun shows themselves, going further than the call to close the so-called gun show loophole regarding background checks. ” I’m a suburbanite city mouse. I generally have lived in urban — suburban areas, but I don`t know why you need a gun show. I mean, if you want to buy a gun, you buy a car, you go to a dealer. Why do you have to have a show?” Matthews griped.

    Well, now it turns out that Matthews’s employer, NBC Universal, is actually sponsoring a massive three-day-long gun show in Las Vegas.

  • Matthew

    Note: For purposes of ratings, yes comparing the Daily Show to FNC shows is stupid, particularly in the demo, since the Daily Show is entertaining, it will draw a larger, and younger audience. In that regard, I would agree that Mark2’s “heres how Colbert did, here’s how O’Reilly did!” posts are stupid.

    However, as a matter of relevance in policy discourse, and current events, the Daily Show’s impact and importance is comparable to other cable editorial programs. Just because it’s highlighting hypocrisy, policy failures, and Congressional incompetence in a humorous manner, that doesn’t somehow mean the points it’s raising are invalid, or that it’s ‘fake news.’

  • Pete S

    Besides Greta’s slightly low total viewership, Fox’s numbers are looking pretty good. MSNBC’s numbers seem to be in a downward trend. Did maddow ever even top Hannity in the demo last week? i think Larry OD topped Greta once last week in the demo but otherwise Fox is pretty much back to wiping out the..competition…or whatever you wanna call it.

  • cathy

    Matthew, I believe a couple of days ago you, Mark and Mark2 were telling me that Steward’s “The Daily Show” had become more about news then getting laughs. I posted the link to show how he is still about laughs. May Steward deliver some news, yes. Are Steward’s points invalid, no more then O’Reillys are. But you can’t count on anything being news on Steward’s show.
    Political satirist are always going to get higher ratings then talk news or opinion news shows. And it can be 100% fake news. Steward can get away with saying the Utah senators each have four wives. But shows on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and other news channels can’t. People on news channels are held to a higher standard then Steward.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Who brought up that nutty idea of bringing Jon Stewart into the cable news debate? He doesn’t have a cable news show and people here who don’t know better probably also buy into the same dumba*s reasoning that the Daily Show is a news show. BTW, I’ve seen several different ways of spelling Jon Stewart. Mine is the correct one. You don’t have to be a loyal viewer to know how to correctly spell a famous person’s name.

  • Mark


    My argument is both Stewart and O’reilly(and most people on FOX and MSNBC for that matter) have entertainment programs biased heavily on news. I wasn’t trying to elevate Stewart to a level of O’Reilly, more the opposite(bring the talking head shows on cable news down to a level it’s better suited to be(which is not “news”))

  • RedBarSoup

    I find it hilarious that people think Oreilly is a “news” show yet The Daily Show isn’t. That’s “special” people thinking right there.

  • cathy

    @redbarsoup, From an interview with Steward and the writers of the show. The Daily show’s writers reject the idea that The Daily Show has become a source of news for young people. Stewart argues that Americans are living in an “age of information osmosis” in which it is close to impossible to gain one’s news from any single source, and says that his show succeeds comedically because the viewers already have some knowledge about current events. “Our show would not be valuable to people who didn’t understand the news because it wouldn’t make sense,” he argues. “We make assumptions about your level of knowledge that… if we were your only source of news, you would just watch our show and think, ‘I don’t know what’s happening.'”

    From Steward’s own mouth. Looks like you are the “special” person.

    But don’t feel alone, alot of people are in the boat with you.

    Sadly there is no “true news” shows these days. We are always subjected to the reporters beliefs.

  • TZCA

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  • TZCA

    Posted January 14, 2013 at 4:10 PM
    I find it hilarious that people think Oreilly is a “news” show yet The Daily Show isn’t. That’s “special” people thinking right there.

    Yeah, I don’t understand how anyone could not see that any show following an hour and a half of Southpark is real news catered to a truely news-worthy audience.

  • RedBarSoup

    Yeah, I don’t understand how anyone could not see that Oreilly hardly pertains to news. He even has a “game show” where he asks his guests questions and they compete against each other. Yet perceive The Daily Show as only comedy and not “news” WHAT WAS I THINKING!!?

  • TZCA

    yeah, what were you thinking?

  • TZCA

    maybe if I watch the episode following Tosh.O, I might see the real news value of Jimmy.

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