Cable News Ratings for Thursday, February 7, 2013

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February 8th, 2013


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Thursday, February 7, 2013

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,176            242            487
CNN         395            114            168
MSNBC         433            127            196
CNBC         151             43             83
FBN           52             10             23
HLN         211             89            121
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,227            347            771
CNN         786            169            324
MSNBC         854            198            366
CNBC         158             66             91
FBN           62             19             23
HLN         345            178            186
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,017            228            490
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         226             89            110
MSNBC Morning Joe         438            172            258
CNBC Squawk Box         141             35             81
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         219            113            167
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,803            367            685
CNN SITUATION ROOM         477            139            184
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         597            101            228
CNBC FAST MONEY         121             29             75
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         251            107            119
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,980            311            747
CNN SITUATION ROOM         467            145            187
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         692            163            296
CNBC MAD MONEY         144             74             90
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         212             86            126
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,942            377            788
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         563            145            231
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         652            202            315
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         115             22             69
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         289            104            174
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,997            420            992
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         899            193            380
MSNBC ED SHOW         754            142            304
CNBC PIXAR STORY           85             39             48
HLN NANCY GRACE         483            208            260
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       2,091            348            742
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         870            167            315
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW         912            243            429
CNBC PIXAR STORY         124             51             61
HLN WHAT WOULD YOU DO         279            159            145
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,562            275            575
CNN JAKE TAPPER REPORTS         588            145            273
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         896            208            364
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         266            109            164
HLN WHAT WOULD YOU DO         274            166            153
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,111            307            469
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         631            209            301
MSNBC ED SHOW         404            108            185
CNBC MAD MONEY         102             41             65
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         156             60             76

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

  • Mark2

    It’s funny how all these made up usernames pop up out of nowhere.

    Sooner or later, Bill Gorman is going to catch you by looking at the IP addresses.

  • Jeff

    Ouch!! Guess you Fox-Tards didn’t get the memo!!

    Republicans and Fox News are moving to purge the controversial political creatures they created.

    Both were damaged badly in 2012 by loud, partisan voices that stoked the base — but that scared the hell out of many voters. Now, the GOP, with its dismal image, and Fox News, with its depressed ratings in January, are scrambling to dim those voices. To wit:

    Fox ousted contributors Sarah Palin and Dick Morris, two of the most obnoxiously partisan figures on the network’s air.
    Karl Rove, himself sidelined by Fox after the election, has helped start a new super PAC, the Conservative Victory Fund, designed to keep controversial conservatives like Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) from winning Senate primaries.
    Senate GOP leaders created what amounts to a buddy system with their caucus’s most popular tea party members, Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, to get their help in taming anti-establishment conservatives.
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been running around the country warning anyone who will listen that Republicans must quit being the “stupid party” that nominates nutty candidates.
    “The fact that we lost a winnable election has caused Republicans to take this very, very seriously,” Jindal told us in an interview. “I don’t think it’s just a marketing change. I don’t think it’s just cosmetic changes. It is going to require some serious changes, not in principles, but in the way we talk and act.”

    One high-profile Republican strategist, who refused to be named in order to avoid inflaming the very segments of the party he wants to silence, said there is a deliberate effort by party leaders to “marginalize the cranks, haters and bigots — there’s a lot of underbrush that has to be cleaned out.”

    For establishment Republicans, this is all about survival, after two straight elections that saw extremely conservative candidates blow Senate races Republicans should have won. For Fox, it’s about credibility: The cable network, while still easily the top-ranked in news, has seen its ratings dip since the election, in part, conservatives tell us, because a lot of Republicans felt duped by the coverage.

    (Also on POLITCO: Dick Morris, ‘worst pundit of 2012′)

    Roger Ailes, the channel’s chairman and CEO, has a politician’s sense of his base — Fox viewers. He revolutionized television by tapping into Republican disgust and anger with the mainstream media. This has worked brilliantly for him. He created not only the most-watched cable news channel in the country — he created political celebrities, several of whom dominated Republican politics in the 2012 cycle.

    At various points, many of those celebrities, all with Fox contracts, were at or near the top of Republican presidential polls: Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Palin and Mike Huckabee. But by the end of campaign, Fox could seem like an alternate universe, one in which the Benghazi killings were the most important story in America and Mitt Romney, contrary to public polls and Fox’s own polls, was on his way to winning the election. While ratings were strong, the network had a bumpy election night, capped off by Rove taking to its air to argue that everyone else was premature in calling Ohio for President Barack Obama. Rove, who recently had his Fox contract renewed, saw his appearances scaled back after the scene.

  • Jeff

    Trust in Fox News hits record low

    Fox News has hit a record low of trustworthiness, according to a new survey.

    Public Policy Polling, deemed the most accurate polling firm for the 2012 elections, finds that only 41 percent of Americans trust Fox News while 46 percent do not — down from a 49-37 percent ranking in 2010. The news comes one week after the network hit a 12-year low in the coveted 25-54 demographic for primetime.

    The fourth annual TV News Trust poll also found that PBS is the only television news source more Americans trust than distrust. 52 percent told PPP they trust PBS, while 29 percent said they don’t trust it. The other seven outlets — NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and Comedy Central — were all distrusted by a plurality of voters.

    In keeping with past surveys, Democrats expressed trust in every network except Fox News, while Republicans said they did not trust any network other than Fox News.

    PPP surveyed 800 voters nationally from January 31st to February 3rd. The margin of error for the survey is +/-3.5%.

  • Mark2


    Real Clear Politics Averages

    President: Approve = 51.1% / Disapprove = 43.8% / Spread = +7.3%

    Congress: Approve = 15.6% / Disapprove = 78.7% / Spread = -63.1%

    Yeah, that pretty much aays it all…Next!!!

  • Mark

    “Karl Rove, himself sidelined by Fox after the election, has helped start a new super PAC, the Conservative Victory Fund, designed to keep controversial conservatives like Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) from winning Senate primaries”

    If Rove wants to make sure the far right tea party favorites don’t make(ie ones that basically lose them a seat like Akin or Mourdock) what he has to use his money to do is try drive up the percentage of people who vote, not commercials. In General primaries have very low voter turnout(like 6-8%) so chances are the more extreme people of the party are the ones who will go out and vote and pick the candidates

  • Mark

    I always get a laugh out of this commercial Claire McCaskill put out during the Republican Senate primaries


    It’s like hey Tea Party people, this is your guy. lol

  • Mark

    That McCaskill Akin ad has to be one of the worst “attack” ads if that was the point of it(which it’s fairly obvious it’s main goal wasn’t to attack him). Basically we have vibrant colors, nice cheerful music. It’s like everything not to do if you are trying to legitimately attack your opponent. So funny reading posts on the youtube vid that said, screw you McCaskill I am voting Akin. lol

  • Mark

    If the Democrats want to keep control of the Senate they have to start going out and “attacking” tea party favorites in primaries like McCaskill did to Akin

  • Doug Z

    Posted February 8, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    I always get a laugh out of this commercial Claire McCaskill put out during the Republican Senate primaries


    It’s like hey Tea Party people, this is your guy. lol

    Air Claire as we call her in her home state. Hides private planes so not to pay tax.Charges the tax payers to fly. Her husband made his money off Gov money for old folks homes. In Mo we are in trouble. Free money, who do you vote for. This country is in trouble.

  • mikey o

    WOW Anderson Cooper beat Mr. ED Mr. Ed is dead RIP

  • Doug Z

    Mark with people like Air Claire where is the county going

  • Jeff


    I believe Akin did far more damage to himself than McCasskill did. She just played his own wacky words to destroy him. The regular mainstream electorate rejected him…. The far right neo con idiots put him on a pedestal and tried to elect him, same as Murdock.

  • Mark

    @Doug Z

    Everything was pointing to McCaskill getting booted, but that’s what happens when you let the tea Party pick your candidate. I am guessing if anybody of the other 2 people won, McCaskill would have been toast

  • usa8888

    Fox “News” is using one of its bogus “polls” to try to show that Americans want to cut spending to order to grow the economy…say what??? That’s like saying we should pour gasoline on a fire in order to put it out—ABSURD. Only an uninformed bozo would want to cut spending in a recession. We need to scrutinize the methodology of this “poll.”

  • lbsles

    “The American dream is that you continue to work hard and try to improve your standard of living so that you can afford better and more things for you and your family as you go on through life. That’s what’s fundamentally changed, and is in the process of fundamentally changing in our country.” -Rush Limbaugh

  • lbsles

    “The fact that governments, state and federal, are involved in so much of the health care system is he reason why the price has skyrocketed. There isn’t any competition per se. You’re not in charge, and the consumer needs to be in charge of what is spent by that consumer for that consumer.” -Rush Linbaugh

  • Mark


    I think McCaskill was banking on Akin putting his foot in his mouth sooner or later, which is why she put in money to “attack”(and I use that word loosely) him in the primaries.

  • d.d

    Another CNN Hire?

    FTVLive writes that CNN is hiring WJLA’s Pamela Brown, apparently for the network’s new morning show…

    I would have liked to see better ratings for ‘JAKE TAPPER REPORTS’ last night.

  • Doug Z


    The Tea party did not pick him. Sara Palin came here for Sara Selmen. a long time family of the political machine .

  • Doug Z

    Mark it was bad in Mo

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