Cable News Ratings for Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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February 21st, 2013


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Wednesday, February 20, 2013

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,233            251            487
CNN         386            122            184
MSNBC         480            130            219
CNBC         148             36             76
FBN           64             17             36
HLN         346            125            196
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,175            367            769
CNN         561            152            274
MSNBC         996            245            455
CNBC         168             80             87
FBN           81             34             46
HLN         497            161            272
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,210            308            529
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         312            133            197
MSNBC Morning Joe         437            143            216
CNBC Squawk Box         135             27             80
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         265            157            202
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,945            352            668
CNN SITUATION ROOM         530            100            203
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         754            179            311
CNBC FAST MONEY         155             26             83
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         658            186            341
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,864            286            636
CNN SITUATION ROOM         486            136            194
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         810            254            337
CNBC MAD MONEY         106             26             57
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         513            183            282
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,827            375            721
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         486            135            207
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         794            208            374
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         131             31             85
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         482            180            313
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       3,095            438         1,041
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         647            177            314
MSNBC ED SHOW       1,011            243            453
CNBC SHADOW BILLIONAIRE         109             51             63
HLN NANCY GRACE         591            196            317
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       2,024            355            710
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         595            155            287
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW       1,057            270            488
CNBC MOB MONEY         169             73             71
HLN DR. DREW ON CALL         551            179            281
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,392            308            552
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         440            124            223
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         915            223            420
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         226            117            128
HLN NANCY GRACE         348            107            219
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,014            246            466
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         362            163            209
MSNBC ED SHOW         433            121            211
CNBC MAD MONEY           92             28             34
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         262             69            149

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.

  • Matthew

    Hope your sitting down, some long range computer models are showing the next several winters to be among the coldest and snowiest in decades. NASA says the sun will go into a dormant stage for 30 years. Give it time dude, they will start the we’re going back to the Ice Age junk as they did in the 70’s.

    Source? There’s nothing at NASA, or the SDO, that jives with the claim you’re making here. In fact, this solar cycle data updated at the beginning of this month projects that the current period of activity won’t begin to decline until 2015:


    Also, as you can see, we already had a ‘dormant period’ in 2008 and 2009, and the impact of these solar forcings, while not inconsequential, also weren’t enough to significantly lower global temperature. For example, activity was already declining in 2005, yet it was (And still is) a record hot year, and 2009 was warmer than several years with far greater levels of sunspot activity.

    ALSO, and I’m sure you just misspoke here, but ‘NASA’ never predicted an Ice Age in the 1970s, nor did climatology as a whole; the majority of climate papers published in 1972 – 1979 projected global warming, with the rest taking no position either way, and a minority projecting global cooling.

    As you might appreciate (being in the journalistic profession), sensationalist, intellectually bankrupt publications like TIME choose to run with the “Ice Age” fear-mongering, even though that wasn’t the scientific consensus, but I’m sure your last comment there was just meant to be satirical. Welp, thanks

  • usa8888

    Right wingers–fell free to call rush slimebaugh on my questions….

  • Mike W


    Take a look at my post for you on page 1.

  • Raz

    USA8888. Rats is giving your posts the due consideration they deserve.

  • Mikey O

    @ratboy thanks for that public service anouncement :)

  • Hillbilly


    Person of Interest lost to Grey’s Anatomy. :mad:

    Lets hope the final numbers change. :)

  • Hillbilly

    Is Beck headed to the WWE?

    A cage match against Nobama is in the works. ;)

  • Ratboy

    @ Mikey O
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 11:45 AM
    @ratboy thanks for that public service anouncement

    I just calls em as I sees em!! :lol: :lol:

  • Hillbilly

    AppleStinx – That’s one fewer selling point for him to attract foreign mail order brides, as this must leave him with only one asset:


    Yea, my 9 inch tongue. :razz:

  • Ratboy

    @ Hillbilly
    Posted February 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Person of Interest lost to Grey’s Anatomy

    But did they beat OReilly???????? :shock: :lol:

  • Hillbilly

    Ratboy – Did you know that the other day Hillbilly was driving his pickup with the slide in camper and got pulled over by the county cop. The cop said “you are under arrest for DUI!” Hillbilly said “you cant arrest me……..I am already home!!!!!”


    I can’t afford a slide in camper. I have a tarp that goes over the bed.

    So lick me! :lol:


  • usa8888

    Mike W–your post makes no sense–you don’t cut spending in recovering fragile economy made much worse by GOP obstructionism. Mike–you haven’t given me your GOP accomplishments yet nor have you stated how cutting spending will will grow the economy and create jobs…I am waiting…

  • usa8888

    Right wingers–pls answer my post if you can…..

  • AppleStinx

    Hillbilly wrote: “Yea, my 9 inch tongue. :razz:

    Which is shorter than your 10-inch nose by 6 inches and a quarter. Sorry, I forgot that. :wink:

  • lbsles

    Obama’s Ongoing Project: Stay Above Responsibility and Appeal to Low-Info Voters

    CALLER: You’re very welcome. I listened to your whole show yesterday and heard you very well describe Obama as the crusader and the warrior, but I’d like to add, what helps him with the low-information voters is he plays the victim very well.

    RUSH: Well, of course. That’s part and parcel of the whole theory that I espoused yesterday. He is crusader and warrior, but the key to understanding how low-information voters see Obama, he’s not governing. He’s not responsible for anything. He’s not accountable. Nothing that’s happening can be tied to him.

    CALLER: And that’s why they associate themselves with him. It’s not their fault I don’t have a job and I can’t make any money.

    RUSH: Right, he’s trying to fix it. And he and they are victims, as you say, these powerful forces, these invisible people behind the screens pulling all these levers, taking everything for themselves. Obama is trying to fix it and get everything back. And so far he’s five years into the project. It’s taking a little longer than people thought, but he’s not responsible. His policies have no relationship to the reality of this country at all. There’s no connection whatsoever.

  • lbsles

    RUSH: So you think part and parcel of this is playing the victim. He and everybody else are victimized by all of these powerful forces. Not only is he trying to fix it, he’s being stopped from fixing it. He’s doing everything he can to bring the deficit down. He’s doing everything he can to lower the debt, but my God, the Republicans keep thwarting him at every turn. He wants to raise taxes on the people who are responsible for this, and the Republicans won’t let him. They continue to defend the people who cause the problems. This is how the low-information voter sees it.

    Now, I want to reiterate something. It’s not as easy as it sounds. For example, there’s not a Republican who can pull this off because to pull this kind of thing off as Obama is, you need a totally compliant and slavish media, totally on your side and willing to carry your water and your message and your talking points each and every day. And then you need no conscience. You cannot possibly have a conscience and pull off something like this. And I think this is why, when Obama says the sweetest thing you can do to get revenge, is vote. Remember when we heard that during the campaign, late in the campaign? We all said, “Revenge against who?” Well, now, we know. All of us. The people who are working. The people who are not suffering. The people who are perceived not to be suffering. Revenge against us.

  • lbsles

    So in saying that, he has put forth an excuse for every one of his supporters to acknowledge their failure as not being their fault. Their unhappiness isn’t their fault. They are up against powerful forces, rich people and successful people who simply don’t want to share anything. They’re very selfish. But Obama is trying to get it away from them. And that process is leading to rising debt. Student loans, they’re getting more expensive. The cost of college is more expensive. But Obama is seen as trying to solve all of that. The fact that his policies, the fact that his presidency is in fact causing all of this, is a connection unmade by a majority of people who vote in this country. It has to be that. There can be no other explanation for this.

    These polls are frequent now. The number of people who oppose Obamacare, for example, has always been 55 to 58, in some cases 60%. But even he is not held accountable for Obamacare. The middle class tax cut that happened when the payroll tax cut ended and everybody’s paychecks in January got smaller, that wasn’t because of Obama. Obama has spent the last four years promising people that isn’t gonna happen and he’s told people that the deficit, whatever his policies are, is not gonna add a dime to the deficit. That’s a quote. And if you make less than $250,000 a year you’re not gonna pay any more in taxes, and yet you got a tax increase.

  • lbsles

    There is no relationship to Obama’s presidency and policies, to the reality of life on the ground in America today. And he pulls that off by never, ever being seen as governing and by always being in campaign mode, and what are you doing in campaign mode? You’re running against something. And that is the key. You’re never seen as in charge of everything.

    That is why people end up supporting his executive orders, I might add to all this. Because he’s tried everything. And they still can’t get the unemployment number
    down, still can’t get job creation going, we still can’t stop gun violence. He’s gonna have to do something, the NRA and Wayne LaPierre and the powerful gun lobby, they just won’t stop. They just won’t compromise. Gabby Giffords and her husband have begged people, and Sarah Brady, they’ve begged people to stop using their guns and to give them up, and they won’t. So if Obama has to use an executive order to do it, so be it. What he’s really doing, you can’t even convince them what he’s really doing. Sit down and talk to them, you can’t.

  • Mike W


    I’m addressing your constant argument that you should spend during a recession or depression when the country is not in a recession or depression. Are you now changing your argument? Also, I’m not trying to defend or enumerate GOP or DEM accomplishments or lack thereof.

  • lbsles

    The Campaigner-in-Chief’s Dishonest Tweets

    RUSH: I’ll give you another example of how Obama is never governing — never governing, always campaigning, always fighting those powerful forces. His policies don’t have any relationship whatsoever to the problem is. He’s just trying to fix everything. Nothing that he’s doing has any relationship to what’s happening. That’s how the low-information voters see it. I’m telling you, folks, after the State of the Union, Sean Hannity put together a Frank Luntz focus group in Santa Monica, California.

    He found a bunch of Romney voters who are essentially saying exactly to you what I’m saying today. They loved that speech. They didn’t particularly like Obama’s policies but they liked the speech and they liked that he’s trying to fix things, but they did not blame his policies. They didn’t like them, but his policies had nothing to do with what’s happening. What they saw in Obama is a guy trying to fix things, trying to bring people together.

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