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.

  • beached

    “Fair and Balanced”…..There’s not a funnier punch line on all of TV

  • Cathy

    Moonshiners kicked Steward b**T when it comes to entertainment cable channels.

    @Mark2, how are you going to school me when you do not provide links to support your facts? Yes, you’re better at using the other pages on this site then me. WOW, you are going to make a lot of money with that talent.

  • Johnny


    I guess it can be difficult for some to watch a program with a different view? FOX is a little different and interesting because they don’t (or choose not to) only report what the White House deems acceptable to report.

    Small bit of advice, put aside your own opinions and watch only with the the intent to understand. At the end, you can make a decision whether you agree or disagree. I find this way, even if you do not completely agree, you learn something in the process. Good Advice?

    There must be a reason all these people are watching FOX (even liberal)?

    Best Regards

  • Cathy

    @Mark2, Do you have links that can prove your statement that states make money off of prisoners?

  • Mark2


    I’m already retired…I don’t need to make anymore money, but thanks for caring.

    Stewart made it in the Top 15 Cable shows…OReilly came in last at 100th.


  • clinging to my god

    Mark 2 Forget about Brian Williams…we’re talking about CABLE news, stupid…Forget about NBC ABC and CBS…you know, like when you’re gloating about MSNBC

  • Mark2


    Sure, let me give you a hand. Just google “prisons profit from illegal immigrants” or “making money off of illegal detentions”. Have fun!

  • Mark2

    @clinging to my god

    That’s like saying forget about MLB, we’re talking about the minor leagues. In case you didn’t notice, you knucklehead, we talk about about various things on this site. Unless you’re the designated moderator of this site, you can shove your request up your azz.

  • Mark2

    Ahhh…it’s good to be back from vacation.

    I really enjoy slapping around Foxtards.

  • Cathy

    Mark2, I’m still waiting for the link that proves your statement that states make money off of prisoners? Come on the link please.

    @clinging, Mark2 has to bring up Brian Williams and Steward because MSNBC personalities can’t beat O’Reilly.

  • Cathy

    No, you find me that link. You said it was true. Prove yourself.

  • Bobbyv

    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.


    I agree, at least as much as I can. To be honest I only watch BO now so I am basing rest on what I have heard and seen when I did watch Hannity. One thing about him, he does attack liberals but I don’t remember personal attacks as much, and he does have Democrat guests. I am curious what you find with MSNBC.

  • Cathy

    Mark2, You are only slapping around something in your dreams.

  • Johnny


    Not quite sure you understand the results. In all categories and at times, FOX is the leader of cable news agencies (as far as viewers). This is something that is an overall trend (FOX is always the leader).

    It is difficult to site an anomoly in the results on Wednesday because this is very consistent with the historical results.

    You can not like people who watch FOX (that is acceptable), but it is futile to dispute that the results are real.

  • Ralph Hahn

    >>> Wow…The Five barely beat Matthews in the Key Demo <<<

    What did Apple Stinx write on the first page? That MSNBC peaked at 5pm and went downhill from there. At 5pm, not only did The Five doubled the number of viewers who were watching MSNBC, it beat them in the demo, too. Close…is no cigar.

  • Ralph Hahn

    usa8888 You’re nothing but an a–hole. No one can take you seriously at anything.

  • Johnny


    I think FOX advertised “Fair and Balanced” because they allow individuals with different on their show (such as OReilly). OReilly will many times challenge the guest, but they definitely get time to make their case. In my opinion, it is acceptable to not agree with OReilly, but it is great to here the diiferent views.

    Many of the other cable news agencies only invite “like thinkers”. I think this is why FOX is different.

  • Mark2


    You mentioned polls…what polls are you talking about?

  • Mark2


    The results are that more Americans watch Broadcast News than Cable News…that’s a fact!!!

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Mark 2: Have you forgotten already what I had said repeatedly just a couple of months ago? News programs are based on the 25-54 audience and COMEDY shows, like Jon Stewart, base their success on 18-49. Assuming you are 18, if that, you’re more likely to watch Stewart for what YOU think is real news. Stop comparing apples and oranges. Figures don’t lie but liars figure. And, the next time I, or any of the grown-ups here, tell you something, PAY ATTENTION.

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