Cable News Ratings for Monday, January 21, 2013

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January 23rd, 2013


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for January 21, 2013

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,006            212            390
CNN       1,725            595            757
MSNBC         982            324            492
CNBC         175             93            111
FBN           55               9             20
HLN         160             51             88
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,671            254            555
CNN       3,585         1,272         1,709
MSNBC       1,367            457            689
CNBC         301            164            201
FBN           54               8             12
HLN         246             78            160
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends         882            226            412
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         353            147            158
MSNBC Morning Joe         445            177            281
CNBC Squawk Box         103             74             82
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         137             90            110
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,592            312            624
CNN SITUATION ROOM       3,376            953         1,279
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,663            505            767
CNBC CRIME INC: STOLEN GOODS         182             81            107
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         134             21             45
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,650            376            595
CNN SITUATION ROOM       2,628            755         1,096
MSNBC POLITICS NATION       1,309            379            605
CNBC CRIME INC: DEADLY PRSCRP         213            127            138
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         188             31             97
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,221            259            475
CNN PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION       2,514            884         1,176
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,215            368            589
CNBC CRIME INC GRND THEFT AUTO         167             93            108
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         149             47             77
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,369            353            789
CNN PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION       3,863         1,310         1,827
MSNBC ED SHOW       1,345            416            630
CNBC FAKING THE GRADE: CHEATER         177             85            110
HLN NANCY GRACE         313             90            190
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       1,503            255            540
CNN PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION       4,282         1,528         2,068
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       1,623            577            877
CNBC MADOFF BEHIND BARS         350            193            232
HLN DR. DREW ON CALL         221             79            145
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,127            155            336
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360       2,573            961         1,218
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL       1,128            374            556
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         376            214            260
HLN NANCY GRACE         204             65            144
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR         933            207            388
CNN PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION       1,358            514            724
MSNBC ED SHOW         677            232            353
CNBC SHADOW BILLIONAIRE         298            147            204
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         240             52            121

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.

  • RedBarSoup

    I find it funny that Ratboy whines and cries when the MSNBC people come in here and praise MSNBC when they finally get ratings…but as soon as MSNBC AND CNN beat the crap out of Fox News when NEWS actually matters he HIMSELF goes into a defense spiral for Fox News. MAN this is amusing….PLEASE keep going Ratboy, this is fun to watch!

    that tells me that the handfull of people that watch MSNBC are the handfull of people that watch MSNBC.
    I would have expected that more of the loonie left that were interested would go to MSNBC rather than CNN.

    You do realize that MSNBCs ratings actually went UP/Stayed the same, while Fox News ratings went DOWN. People LEFT Fox News to go watch MSNBC and CNN rather than your strange assertion. So really, in this situation, I guess people know where to get their news which ISN’T Fox News….that and it shows who most of Fox News watchers really are….conservative people that hate the president so much that they turn off Fox News so they don’t have to watch him AT ALL. I thought people in here said that LOTS of Democrats watch Fox News, this just proves that they kind of don’t and that Fox News IS a right winged “news” organization for the “loonie right” as Ratboy puts it.

  • Mark

    The real question is, HOW MANY OF YOU, OTHER THAN THE LIBTARDS ACTUALLY WATCHED THAT INAUGURATION GARBAGE??? The Ratings for this Inauguration are about the lowest-rated in history….


    A total of 20.552 million viewers tuned in on 18 separate television networks to watch coverage of the second inauguration of President Obama, the Nielsen Company reported Wednesday.

    Second inaugurations are generally watched by fewer viewers, though Richard Nixon added viewers for his second in 1973, which came as the Watergate scandal was beginning to heat up.

    Mr. Obama’s second inauguration fared far better than that of his predecessor, George W. Bush, which drew only 15.536 million viewers, easily the smallest number recorded by Nielsen.

  • RedBarSoup

    The real question is, HOW MANY OF YOU, OTHER THAN THE LIBTARDS ACTUALLY WATCHED THAT INAUGURATION GARBAGE??? The Ratings for this Inauguration are about the lowest-rated in history….

    libtards huh? How old are you? lowest-rated in history? Maybe so, but do you even have any facts or are you spewing? I actually would probably agree with you, I mean, look at how much the right HATES this president, they even went OUT of their way to turn off Fox News so they wouldn’t have to watch.

  • Jeff

    Still reading comp. issues for Ralph….The voice of stupidity, with the face to protect it!

  • James

    Sad day for fox news sheep huh .msnbc and cnn kicked thier butts

  • Mike

    Sorry, Laurence – GWB won both the popular and electoral votes in 2004. Fox’s ratings will return to what they were last week. Most Fox fans, Republicans and Conservatives had no reason to watch TV on Monday since there was really nothing to celebrate. And, reading BO’s speech we know that we missed nothing other than the most politically divisive inaugural speech given.

  • Mark

    Sorry, Laurence – GWB won both the popular and electoral votes in 2004.
    Laurence said got the majority of the popular vote(ie more then 50%) twice, which GWB didn’t do since he lost popular vote in 2000

  • Jeff

    Hillary came through for me? Still an @ss and, Not too bright!!

    One factoid that might upset ya abit is Hillary’s 2008 Primary popular vote count at 17.8MILLION
    beat all 2012 GOP primary candidates COMBINED!


    I know you can’t imagine any other woman as President other than Sarah Palin. LMFAO!

  • Mt Rick

    There was 2,000 to 3,000 more viewers on monday night than typically. Most tuned into CNN. That is also typical. I wonder if CNN will ever become a regularly watched news network instead of just the big event network?

  • Brian

    You know I think these ratings are way worse for MSDNC than Fox. Fox probably anticipated rather low ratings. Nobody that normally watches Fox even went near the remote, or at least not near that channel. MSNBC ratings were no higher ( at least not sig higher). Good job to CNN. Although I think a lot of their commentators have lib bias, they do NEWS very well.

  • theboss1

    @ratboy … You wrote, Any idiot knows that the ratings for FOX would not be very high for the inaugration of a very unpopular president…”

    MORE Americans approve of his job as president than disapprove, so he cannot be a “very unpopular president.” Then again, if you ONLY watch FOX News, you wouldn’t know that, would you?

  • Raz

    Give it a rest Jeff. Good God. Are you and USA8888 14 year old boys or 41 year old men. Same differance really. Do you really have go through such stupid lengths to show what a big pair you have?

    The answer is obviously yes.

  • Raz

    Actually Nikki Halley wouldn’t be bad as prez or Mia Love for that matter

  • Mark


    Something about Haley annoys me and screams fake(I think it’s that smile of hers), if a Republican woman goes far I rather it be Susana Martinez who seems more real then Haley

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Nikki: I like your style!

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Raz: Actually, I was giving credit to you for the above post that RAZ posted.

  • Kendall


    Your first post of the day is correct.

    As a casual cable news watcher (I mostly watch the networks for news), I usually tune to CNN for continuing coverage.

    I just can’t watch MSNBC for FNC for news. There’s just too much bias.

    I know many conservatives complain that even network news is biased. And, I’m sure that’s true. I don’t think it is possible to have a totally unbiased press unless we replace every human with a robot.

    But, I think there’s a misunderstanding about the type of bias that exists in all news organizations. It’s the difference between telling lies and withholding information.

    I noticed that FNC and MSNBC ignore stories that make their particular side look bad and hype stories that make there side look good, and vice versa.

  • Sam

    Bad day for the righties, they were hiding in their basements stacking guns and tuna cans to prepare for their imaginary revolution against the “tyranny”.

  • Giz

    I could not stand to listen to a single word all day, and I didn’t care one bit about the follow-up coverage. I expect there were many like me, who saw the day as the final nail in our nation’s coffin! Instead we all went to the movies, and dinner and later watched TV crime shows. Anything to avoid this most miserable of days for our country!

  • HRJ

    Can’t we all just get along?

    Inauguration Day:

    For whatever reason; when there is major news to report, Americans tune in to CNN. Isn’t it great that FOX came in last. FOX would have been first if there were tanks and Marines in the streets.

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