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.

  • lbsles

    One of the tweets that’s coming out of the Obama account is this: “Fact: Obama’s plan ends tax breaks for companies to ship jobs overseas and rewards companies that hire people here at home.” People hear that, or they read that, and they say, “That’s wonderful! It’s about time somebody is making business play by the same rules everybody else has to play by. No more tax cuts for companies to ship jobs overseas.

    “That shouldn’ta happened in the first place and whoever did that ought to be stopped, and Obama’s trying to stop it. He’s trying to reverse it, and he’s gonna make sure that companies that hire people here at home are going to be rewarded!” He doesn’t say how, he just says they are, and the low-information voter says, “Boy, I can support that. I hope he succeeds. I really hope that he’s able to pull this off.”


    Now, the fact is that there aren’t any “tax breaks for companies who ship jobs overseas.”

  • lbsles

    Here’s another Obama tweet: “Obama’s plan grows the economy by investing in manufacturing, infrastructure, clean energy, and education without raising the deficit.” But the deficit’s getting bigger. So how does that work? Well, somebody else is doing it. Because Obama said he won’t. Obama said his plan doesn’t. So if John Boehner comes along and says, “Oh, yes, it does,” then, “Well, Boehner, he’s an idiot! Boehner’s a Republican,” and that’s what’s gonna be said about anybody. It doesn’t matter who. Mitch McConnell. Karl Rove.

    “Well, they’re lying!” So there are a lot of factors here that make this possible. This is not easy to do. I mean, Obama, as a cult figure means nobody doubts him. Among his supporters, among the low-information voters, the fact that he might be lying never crosses their mind. It can’t be. So he tweets that his plan that he announced in the State of the Union “grows the economy by investing in manufacturing, infrastructure, clean energy.”

  • lbsles

    Another tweet from Obama: “Cuts to things like education and training, energy, and national security will cost us jobs and slow down our recovery.” The thing is, there aren’t any. There aren’t any cuts. There aren’t even any proposed cuts in anything, much less “energy, training, education, and national security.” There aren’t any cuts! The fact is, the only hope we have is shrinking the budget and shrinking the government. That’s the only hope we’ve got. Yet cuts to things like — and fill in the blank. It doesn’t matter.

    “Cuts will cost us jobs and slow down our recovery.”

    That’s what’s heard.

  • lbsles

    RUSH: In discussing the phenomenon that we have learned about that I told you about the past couple days about the total disconnect between Obama’s presidency and his policies and how he’s never, ever seen as governing, always campaigning, always running against faceless, nameless people, thwarting his attempts to fix what’s wrong. You need a slavish, compliant media to pull that off. In fact, some might say you need more than a slavish, compliant media. You need a media that helps you formulate ways, a media that helps you strategerize.

  • lbsles

    “Folks, do you realize the sequester features no budget cuts? All it does is reduce the rate of growth. It’s baseline budgeting. There’s no difference in this round of so-called cuts and any other. There is no real cut. This is simply a reduction in the rate of scheduled growth.” -Rush Limbaugh

  • 1966
  • usa8888

    ibsles–everyone knows that Slimebaugh tells nothing but lies–that’s why you lost the election BIGTIME. The American people favor Obama and his policies over the right wing GOP, according to all national surveys, but slimebaugh still makes millions off suckers like ibsles…..

  • usa8888

    I invite slimebaugh and ibsles to state the accomplishments of the right wing GOP and tell me how cutting spending in a recession causes economic growth and job creation…..so far no takers…..

  • usa8888

    Slimebaugh is against the moderate GOP who have some sense. slimbebaugh makes his millions off uneducated suckers and so he doesn’t want to endanger his gravy train. Even rove is against slimebaugh and the right fringe because he knows they can not win elections with this fringe element…

  • Matthew

    Correction: Solar Cycle 24 will reach solar maximum this year, not in 2015, long-term projections for Solar Cycle 25 are still preliminary (the trend will become more clear once SC25 is actally underway), and at present there are no official statements from NASA to implicate a 30 year solar minimum. As per data from cycles 19 – 24, correlation between sun activity and average global temperature anomaly remains statistically non-existent.

    #SunTalk #Obamaquester #tcot

  • mikey O

    @hillbilly zero hour down :( but it beat NBC :)

  • AppleStinx

    1966 wrote: “r.i.p. cleotha staple”

    Sorry to hear that. Pops died a while back, so that leaves us Mavis and the other sister?

  • mikey O

    @ibsles yes 88 billion less out of a 3.1 trillion dollar budget. For 88 billion we will lose air traffic controllers, meat inspectors, TSA agents , DEA agants, border agants, and a partridge in a pear tree. So what are getting for rest of the 3.1 trillion dollar budget.

  • lbsles

    The New York Times just wrote one abysmal editorial on raising taxes

    What a misguided yet clarifying editorial on taxes from The New York Times. I think we are going to have to take this one apart sentence by sentence:

    1. “To reduce the deficit in a weak economy, new taxes on high-income Americans are a matter of necessity and fairness; they are also a necessary precondition to what in time will have to be tax increases on the middle class.”


  • lbsles

    A quick reminder of the Democrats’ endgame on taxes

    Former US Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger Altman offers a sequester escape route (via the FT):

    Unblocking the impasse should follow three principles. First, further deficit reductions are necessary. Second, they must incorporate both reductions in entitlement spending, which is growing too quickly, and increases in tax revenue, which is growing too slowly. Third, they should be phased in to protect the still fragile economy.

    Later in the piece, Altman says he would raise more tax revenue by reducing the value of tax deductions for high earners. The Obama White House is pushing for about $500 billion in such tax hikes.


  • lbsles

    US oil output increased last week to the highest level since August 1992, more than 20 years ago

    The Department of Energy reported today that the US produced an average of 7.118 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) during the week ending February 15, which was the highest level of domestic oil output since August 1992, more than 20 years ago (see top chart above). Compared to a year ago, US oil output increased by 22.3% last week, marking the sixth straight week of annual increases in domestic oil production above 20%. In just the last 18 months, US oil output has increased by1.6 million bpd, from 5.5 million bpd in August 2011 to more than 7.1 million bpd last week. That increase of 1.6 million bpd in America’s oil output over the last 18 months would be the equivalent of adding Norway’s entire oil production (1.8 million bpd in October 2012) to the US oil supply.

  • lbsles

    5 ways to improve Obamacare

    1.Delay. Many of the ACA’s most controversial aspects will take effect in January 2014, but the preparations for this implementation are in chaos. Many employers, states, and health care sector participants would welcome a delay of implementation to ensure a smoother transition.

    2.Repeal IPAB. IPAB represents a top-down, unaccountable model for cost control that will drive suppliers out of the program and leave beneficiaries on waiting lists. Plus, it’s politically unpopular. A clean IPAB-repeal bill, with nothing else attached, could draw significant Democratic support.

    3.Reduce premium-credit subsidies. The ACA entitles all Americans with incomes between 133% and 400% of the poverty line to subsidies for health insurance. That’s over 110 million Americans under the age of 65. Reducing the rate to 300%, as very-liberal Massachusetts does, would save taxpayers billions.

    4.Repeal the individual mandate. It may be constitutional, but it can still be removed. According to the CBO, repealing the mandate would reduce the deficit by nearly $300 billion over ten years.

    5.Repeal the medical-device tax. The new tax on the medical-device industry is already slowing research and innovation. It’s also causing job losses as companies try to save money by letting workers go. A straight repeal of this tax could draw in many Democratic votes and would improve our future health care by allowing innovation to flourish.

  • AppleStinx

    HLN is again full-on the Jodi Arias trial. Can’t blame them, they beat CNN on Wednesday and even Hardball at 5pm.

  • Gabriel

    Posted February 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Now, the fact is that there aren’t any “tax breaks for companies who ship jobs overseas.”


    Companies can in fact deduct the costs of moving jobs overseas. Btw, do you make love to the Pillsbury Doughboy or does he make love to you? Hahaha. This is ridiculous.

  • Gabriel

    Does the Vatican routinely host gay orgies? According to a scathing new report by an Italian newspaper, the pope didn’t resign because of medical reasons.

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