Cable News Ratings for Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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January 17th, 2013


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Wednesday, January 16, 2013

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC        1,362        301         541
CNN           392        126         169
MSNBC           561        165         261
CNBC           142         37           72
FBN             49         11           23
HLN           199         70         101
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC        2,433        429         922
CNN           555        157         227
MSNBC           983        226         441
CNBC           131         53           79
FBN             54         26           26
HLN           315        101         167
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends        1,155        277         509
CNN Early Start/Starting Point           207         99         102
MSNBC Morning Joe           483        174         243
CNBC Squawk Box             99         23           47
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade           191        107         132
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE        2,323        432         825
CNN SITUATION ROOM           591        141         257
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS           875        169         366
CNBC FAST MONEY           183         45           87
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           166         51           61
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER        2,235        355         694
CNN SITUATION ROOM           468        156         207
MSNBC POLITICS NATION           839        220         354
CNBC MAD MONEY           161         45           90
HLN EVENING EXPRESS           160         43           54
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH        1,813        384         680
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           563        175         192
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS           835        245         421
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT           126         13           43
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL           245         51         120
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        3,356        587       1,189
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           604        167         227
MSNBC ED SHOW        1,020        206         449
CNBC ONE NATION, OVERWEIGHT           126         45           45
HLN NANCY GRACE           417        114         230
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY        2,276        406         882
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT           592        140         208
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW        1,096        280         510
CNBC AMER GREED THE FUGITIVES           154         74         101
HLN DR. DREW ON CALL           289         87         127
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360 468 165 246
HLN NANCY GRACE 240 103 143
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        1,260        440         703
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           278        110         116
MSNBC ED SHOW           488        114         202
CNBC MAD MONEY             57         29           50
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT           176         64           92

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.

  • RedBarSoup


  • Matthew

    The cooling phase has to start before the baseline of 70 degrees can be reached. Get it? Using your logic the water doesn’t cool until it reaches 70 degrees. Its just gets less warmer.

    No, that’s not ‘using my logic,’ that’s you ‘failing to read above a 5th grade level,’ and coming to incorrect conclusions about both what I am saying to you, and what the MET Office forecast says. The (in your scenario) projection isn’t that the water is ‘going to start cooling,’ it’s that the water will continue to warm for the next five years.

    One more example. My doc says i should weigh 200lbs. I weigh 300lbs. One month later i weigh 270lbs…did i lose weight? Using your logic no..i just weigh less.

    Same incorrect conclusion, different analogy. You weigh 300 lbs, your doctor PROJECTS that under your current lifestyle habits, you’ll have gained 30 lbs between visits; by your next visit, you’ve gained 26 (20% lower than projected). By your argument, despite GAINING weight, you’ve somehow ‘lost weight’ because you’re not as fat as projected. Rather than comparing Point A to Point B to determine what the linear trend is, you’re trying to compare projected Point B to Final Point B and declare it weight loss. You don’t get credit for the extra four lbs that you ‘could have’ weighed to declare yourself to to be in a ‘weight loss phase.’

    Put alternately, your doctor says “Under Scenario A, you’ll weigh 30 lbs more next month. Under Scenario B, you’ll weigh 26 lbs next month.” By your logic, Scenario A is a weight gain scenario, and Scenario B is a weight loss scenario. They’re both weight gain scenarios, as per the net result. The net result of the MET Office projection is warming.

    And, again, none of this is even contingent upon accepting the MET Office projection as correct, it’s literally just a verbatim reading of what they’re projecting, and you can’t even do that correctly.

  • cathy

    D.D. People hate the truth, but I’m going to say it. Many Americans have become lazy. Just like the journalists. People think they are good workers because they go to work. They think because they work for a company they are the reason the company makes money. But if the company fails it’s the boss’s fault.

    I don’t believe in climate change (global warming).
    The main problem I have with the government spending billions on global warming research is this;

    I first flew from Chicago to Detroit in 1975. Only a blind person can’t see the dark smog and dirty water that surrounded Gary, IN. Over the years we can see how nature cleans itself up when we decrease pollution. Everyone will agree that men has an impact on the earth. We have to have checks and balances. The whole world needs checks and balances not just the U.S.

    In 2007 China surpassed the U.S. in pollution. Japan’s pollution is worse then U.S. When you look at products produced every country pollutes more then the U.S. We can’t save the world by only limiting U.S. pollution. Every country needs to get on board. Instead of spending money on during global warming research. And killing the U.S. economy with tons of regulations. We only need the U.S. studies from the 80? and
    90? to prove to other countries they need to decrease their pollution. We can even show them how to reduce it.

    Let’s focus on bringing the other countries up to the U.S. standard first. Our time and money would be better spent on getting all countries on board with pollution controls.

  • RedBarSoup

    Let’s focus on bringing the other countries up to the U.S. standard first. Our time and money would be better spent on getting all countries on board with pollution controls.

    JUST IMAGINE how crazy people would get if we decided to spend money on cleaning up OTHER nations’ pollution. Obama can’t pick his nose without the Republicans getting angry.

  • Matthew

    Let’s focus on bringing the other countries up to the U.S. standard first. Our time and money would be better spent on getting all countries on board with pollution controls.

    Ideally, we’d continue to innovate in superior (less polluting) technologies, while the rest of the world chases us. I’ve posted about them here, but I’d love to see a bigger push in the U.S. toward the traveling wave reactors that Bill Gates is investing in, as they literally use pollution (depleted uranium) as a portion of their fuel. Unfortunately, anti-nuclear hysteria is pretty high in this country.

  • Kendall

    Those who watch MSNBC and FNC are inclined to believe the spin that those networks espouse. The rise and fall of viewership on a given day or week only reflects the momentary interest indoctrinated viewers have with regard to the day’s news.

    People are not flocking from one network to another (e.g., FNC-to-MSNBC or MSNBC-to-FNC). They simply tune in to their preferred source of propaganda or they tune out. Therefore, it doesn’t matter much if ratings swell at FNC or MSNBC. It’s only among those who already buy what’s being sold.

    Also, cable news viewership is so low (compared to network news), I wonder why you guys (and gals) fight so much about it. To me, it seems to make more sense to contrast the big 3. Ex: why is the hierarchy NBC > ABC > CBS?

    Some of you are flat-out bizarre (though very entertaining). I suppose that’s why I check in on you folks every once in a while. :)

  • Matthew

    …gained 30 lbs between visits; by your next visit, you’ve gained 26 (20% lower than projected).

    CORRECTION: this should be 24 lbs, not 26 (for the purposes of being 20% lower than 30).

  • usa8888

    Hey–Fox hires loons like Palin and Huckabee because they have loony audience…just like Beck and Limbaugh have. It’s that simple….so it’s not unusual they would hire Rove who refused to believe Fox’s statisticians. But Fox makes a ton of money off loons……

  • usa8888

    Fox “news”, the right wing propaganda network, is reporting that Defense is cutting jobs. What they don’t say is that it’s because Defense has grown larger than that of the next 8 countries combined and it’s not a cutback but a reduction in the RATE of growth. Further, the top generals don’t need the excessive spending the right wingers want. The right wingers, Lian Ryan leading, are content to cut Social Security and Medicare because they don’t like “government” programs, even though 90% of the American people love them and they are working well (for decades).

  • Diamond Dave


    Well said. However, you need to consider the cathartic nature of debate, especially when one feels like they won. That’s what keeps people coming back to this or other pages like it day after day. Better to get it out here, anonymously, instead of taking it out in your family or friends.

  • usa8888

    Another poll, CBS/NY Times, is reporting that majority of Americans agree with Obama’s gun proposals. Fox, the propaganda network for the right wing, has yet to report any polls because they are all against the right wing fringe….

  • clinging to my god

    You mean like the “sane” people who watch “tingles” and the racebaiting al sharpton?

  • clinging to my god

    Give it up USA8888, your MSNBC is tanking…all the gloating looks really stupid now… lol Nice to see Hannity making such a great rebound…oooooo that’s gotta hurt!!!

  • ninja

    Usa888……………please tell us what your definition of a loon is.

  • d.d.

    Only a blind person can’t see the dark smog and dirty water that surrounded Gary, IN.

    What has happened to Gary is tragic. It reminds me of Detroit.

    Walk Through The Ruins Of Gary, Indiana



    I’d love to see a bigger push in the U.S. toward the traveling wave reactors

    This is one of the few areas I agree with you . I think I first read about t.w. reactors in some article in Popular Mechanics , but, I haven’t been keeping up to date with the progress.


    My usual time to veg out is now.

  • RedBarSoup

    your MSNBC is tanking

    MSNBC is NOT “tanking”. Yes they are getting beat by Fox News, but they are not tanking.

  • usa8888

    Hey Clinging–hannity has a very minute audience and his show is dwarfed by the election rout we saw last year. Hannity continues to talk to the uneducated–people who probably believe in the absurd concept of creationism. There are actually some right wing GOP congressmen who think the Earth was formed in 8 days and is a thousand years old. Can you imagine such stupidity…and this bozo is the head of the congressional science committee (appointed the GOP)….

  • Mark2

    @Ratboy “Fox News Channel and Karl Rove has agreed to a multi-year deal that renews his Fox contributor position through the 2016 election”

    -That’s great news for the Democrats…this will guarantee that a Democrat will be elected as President in 2016. Thank You Fox News for helping the Democratic Party.

  • Mark2

    Cable’s Key Demo numbers for 18-49 yr olds…which is the most important thing when it comes to Cable TV:

    Jon Stewart = 1,012,320

    Colbert = 885,780

    OReilly = 379,620

    Ouch!!! That’s gotta hurt!


  • ninja

    Usa888………………Who are the GOP congressmen that think the earth is a thousand years old?

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