Cable News Ratings for Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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January 24th, 2013


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Wednesday, January 23, 2013

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,369            269            535
CNN         419            111            167
MSNBC         611            175            279
CNBC         162             47             87
FBN           55             11             26
HLN         174             72             98
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,303            408            820
CNN         618            184            280
MSNBC       1,066            272            464
CNBC         184             93            114
FBN           36             10             19
HLN         252             97            121
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,220            301            530
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         205             88            113
MSNBC Morning Joe         463            203            280
CNBC Squawk Box         105             34             72
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         224            130            176
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       2,099            343            755
CNN SITUATION ROOM         628            117            210
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS       1,122            320            489
CNBC FAST MONEY         197             35             92
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         105             44             40
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       2,095            308            719
CNN SITUATION ROOM         439            113            177
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         909            252            400
CNBC MAD MONEY         171             47            117
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         192             65             65
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,681            270            625
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         395            115            198
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         995            264            406
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         133             42             79
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         181             50             94
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       3,235            530         1,167
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         649            209            322
MSNBC ED SHOW       1,120            277            477
CNBC BILLIONS BEHIND BARS         167             85             99
HLN NANCY GRACE         309             89            124
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       1,995            381            712
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         657            170            285
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       1,079            277            465
CNBC AMER GREED THE FUGITIVES         151             66             97
HLN DR. DREW ON CALL         230             86            110
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,668            312            577
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         546            173            233
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL       1,000            261            450
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         233            129            146
HLN NANCY GRACE         216            116            128
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,291            383            567
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         365            137            166
MSNBC ED SHOW         544            165            240
CNBC MAD MONEY           95             63             85
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         209            113            140

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.

  • Mark2


    120 million??? That’s chump change when compared to how much we spend on Corporate Welfare.

  • Mark2


    I guess you didn’t see my previous post:

    Top Evening News shows for total viewers:

    #1 – NBC News = 9,169,000

    #2 – ABC News = 8,544,000

    #3 – CBS News = 7,214,000

    #4 – OReilly = 3,235,000…not even close. As Steve Perry used to say, he’s in the minor leagues when compared to the Big Boys.

  • Sicilian Papa


    Mark 2

    For criminals! You’ve said some ignorant things in the past but that one takes the cake.

  • Mark2


    tick tock tick tock…(playing the Jeapordy music in the background)

    Still waiting. This is what Republicans do when confronted with facts or being asked to provide facts…they run.

  • beached

    Sean HuNutty…There isn’t a funnier show on TV! Fox Comedy News is always great for a laugh.

  • Sam

    Anyone who thinks O’Reilly is a newsman needs a rationality examination. O’Reilly is a clown, a showman of some sort. He was counselling celebrity news shows on how to raise their ratings by creating fake controversies.
    BillO the clown should be listed in the comedy ratings section.

  • Cathy
  • Mark2


    Hey buddy, in case you didn’t know, States make money off of those prisoners. States like Arizona love putting illegals in prison because they get money from the Government and make huge profits. They would rather house them in prison than send them back to Mexico.

  • Mark2


    LMAO…you know that link is from April 26th…right?!

    You crack me up. You need to go work for Fox News, Karl Rove, and Dick Morris. What a rookie!!!

  • Johnny


    A clown with the highest ratings (higher than all the others network combined). For some reason, people are compelled to watch OReilly.

    Congratulations to OReilly for his long term, consistent success! Everyday, everyweek, everyyear, no one comes close to OReilly numbers. Fox should be paying him whatever he wants! Maybe, just maybe, he speaks the truth (or at least what is on his mind)? Quit different that the other networks that can only report what the White House deems acceptable to report?

  • beached

    @Sam…Don’t you get the feeling That BillO is just a great satire program? He’s just a big joke.

  • Kendall

    I decided to watch a number of FNC shows for this entire week to get a better understanding of the arguments for and against them that commentators on this site routinely offer up. (I will do the same with MSNBC next week).


    My thoughts:

    “Fox And Friends” is unwatchable!!! Too much fluff. Also, the 3 hosts are unmistakably right-leaning. (Brian Kilmeade seems a bit more moderate). And, all three of them are a charmless bunch.

    “The Five” is an interesting show. It’s hard to get an handle on it. It’s clear that everyone on it is right-leaning (with the exception of Bob Beckel). Greg Gutfeld and Bob Beckel have charm. The rest are either annoying or forgettable. I love the format of the show: conversational.

    “Special Report” is high-minded and much more palatable. It’s a lot like network news, except for the panel discussions…that’s where the show declares it political leanings. All in all, I like it ok. It doesn’t have the warm and uplift of network news, so I think its audience will be limited.

    “The Fox Report” is a colorful show mostly because of Shepard Smith. He’s a funny, charming fellow. I regularly watch “Erin Burnett: Outfront” which comes on at the same time, so TFR is a no-go. But, if it were on at a different time, I would watch it regularly.

    “The O’Reilly Factor” seems like a variety show in the mold of late-night comedy. He has a lot of different segments that are creative and interesting. And, he books lively knowledgeable guests. I can see why he’s got the top show on FNC. His show is very simple-minded, undemanding and comfortable, like an old blanket or sweater. Note: It is clear to me that O’Reilly leans-right even though he claims to be an “independent”. I agree with some of you on that point.

    “Hannity” is a charmless, humorless show. It’s missing the warmth of the Factor. Hannity (himself) is unabashedly right-leaning, and he relentlessly attacks the left. I can see why some of you left-leaning commentators dislike him so much. lol

    FNC is pretty much what you left-leaning commentators say it is. But, I don’t have a problem with that. I think right-leaning Americans should have a place to go to hear stories that reflect their views, especially if they think network news is failing them. The only thing I take issue with is FNC’s mantra: “Fair and Balanced”. I don’t think either of those terms apply to FNC. But, like I said…there’s nothing wrong with having a conservative news network. Conservatives should proudly embrace FNC as being right-leaning.

    I’ll comment on MSNBC next week. I’m pretty sure my findings will be similar. :)

  • Mark2


    Brian Williams has the highest ratings. O’Reilly isn’t even close.

  • Mark2


    I’m going to have to school you on how to do better research and how to improve your attention to detail when providing facts, links, etc.

  • beached

    I can understand why Fox Comedy News has good cable ratings. Where else can you go for non stop laughs all day?

  • Johnny


    I think the polls were specific to cable news agencies? It is possible to attempt to compare other data, but it is outside the study results.

  • Mark2


    What polls are you talking about?

  • Sam

    @ Johnny ,

    “A clown with the highest ratings (higher than all the others network combined). For some reason, people are compelled to watch OReilly.”

    The same way people are compelled to watch Honey Boo Boo.

  • Mark2

    ^Please don’t say UnSkewed polls…lol

  • Sam

    @ beached ,

    “Don’t you get the feeling That BillO is just a great satire program? He’s just a big joke”

    The sad thing for him though is that both Stewart and Colbert beat his ratings everyday with a 300K-400K margin.

    BillO the perv :

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