Cable News Ratings for Thursday, February 28, 2013

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March 1st, 2013


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Thursday, February 28, 2013

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC        1,311        247         511
CNN           357         97         154
MSNBC           449        112         203
CNBC           162         36           75
FBN             73         16           36
HLN           447        149         255
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC        2,461        403         840
CNN           527        122         220
MSNBC           886        224         422
CNBC           157         64           74
FBN             78         23           35
HLN           648        225         380
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends        1,133        280         536
CNN Early Start/Starting Point           249         65           97
MSNBC Morning Joe           430        123         207
CNBC Squawk Box           135         23           67
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade           235        107         182
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE        1,984        295         782
CNN SITUATION ROOM           511        139         209
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS           676        122         277
CNBC FAST MONEY           164         31           63
HLN EVENING EXPRESS        1,148        327         570
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER        2,145        300         771
CNN SITUATION ROOM           403        133         160
MSNBC POLITICS NATION           670        155         301
CNBC MAD MONEY           198         65         109
HLN EVENING EXPRESS        1,094        341         568
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH        1,814        305         652
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           477        132         167
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS           661        179         308
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT           190         20           61
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL           738        245         420
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        3,045        487       1,037
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           569        156         273
MSNBC ED SHOW           856        175         384
CNBC CRIME INC GRND THEFT AUTO             98         34           42
HLN NANCY GRACE           760        273         413
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY        2,535        368         793
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT           543         87         199
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW           956        254         478
CNBC AMERICAN GREED           142         51           59
HLN DR. DREW ON CALL           636        208         369
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
HLN NANCY GRACE 549 194 359
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        1,285        251         518
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           334         96         172
MSNBC ED SHOW           554        213         281
CNBC MAD MONEY             91         60           66
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT           439        137         290

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

  • Ratboy

    @ 1966
    Right now they are saying 3 – 5 on Tues

  • 1966

    then you better watch out 2 days ago they said 3-5 for us now it’s 12-18.

  • Ratboy

    Now that’s gotta hurt! :lol:

    Fact vs. Fiction: Media Continues To Mislead On Economy’s Health, GOP Compromise

    “Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” – George Washington Carver.

    Inside the Beltway, excuses are more the rage than the Harlem Shake these days. As we’ve seen, the sequester has put finger-pointing back on full display, with leadership is short supply.

    Leading the way in this regard once again is the President, who has completely shifted his blame-Bush mantra to blame-Congress over the sequester. In short, Mr. Obama claims (A) the GOP is unwilling to compromise on taxes, and (B) the effects of the sequester will blunt momentum of a good economy we were on the verge of finally enjoying.

    That said, here is a current snapshot of the economy Mr. Obama currently resides over:

    GDP is growing at 0.1 percent (four percent GDP growth is considered healthy). Overall, U.S. GDP growth in 2012 (2.2 percent) is ranked 122nd in the world.

    In January, household incomes dropped to their lowest level in 20 years.

    Unemployment has climbed to 7.9 percent as more discouraged people continue to stop looking for work altogether. Keeping in mind the poor economy Mr. Obama inherited in 2009 (so we’ll leave that year out, along with 2010), monthly job creation in 2011 and 2012 was still consistently below what is needed to keep up with population growth (about 150,000 jobs per month created vs. 200,000 per month needed).

    Gas prices are up 13 percent ($3.73 per gallon) in the past month.

    The reason these five economic indicators are cited is because they run concurrent to what CNN’s Ali Velshi stated after the sequester became reality on Friday:

    “We got unemployment edging down, jobs being created, very low interest rates, and an energy boom,” explained Velshi. “We could be really moving to the top of the global pile in terms of economic activity, and this sort of thing [sequester] is like the government sticking its foot out just as you’re gaining speed as you’re running.”

    Velshi would later modify his comment (via Twitter) by stating the U.S. is in a “difficult but promising time” during a public spat with Bretibart.com columnist John Nolte. The Twitter war began after Nolte exaggerated Velshi’s overall feeling on the economy (Nolte concluded in a column that Velshi implied the economy was booming; Velshi said no such thing).

    Regardless, there’s one thing that can be counted on for the rest of 2013 from the usual suspects in the media: Any poor economic news, like the kind of reports we received B.S. (before sequester), will be connected to said sequester when taking the President’s latest perspective into account:

    “So every time that we get a piece of economic news over the next month, next two months, next six months, as long as the sequester’s in place we’ll know that that economic news could have been better if Congress had not failed to act.”

    With the blame-Bush card played out following the election, the President–who has shown zero inclination to make any meaningful spending cuts or make any reforms to unsustainable entitlements—needs another excuse for his underperforming economic policies. He gets that excuse with the sequester, which according to Bob Woodward (the objective reporter closest to Mr. Obama and Republicans during the 2011 Fiscal Cliff negotiations) was the President’s idea in the first place. But now the President is trying to add new revenue (tax hikes) to the equation…

    One problem: Republicans already compromised on tax hikes during the December 2012 Fiscal Cliff negotiations to the tune of $620 billion in new revenues…and did so without any spending cuts from the President in return.

    Of course, this not-so-small fact was lost on Kathleen Parker on Meet the Press Sunday, where she stated the sequester debacle was mostly due to the following:

    “The Republicans cannot give on taxes, they simply can’t,” she said. “It would damage their brand permanently.”

    In other words, that $620 billion tax hike the President got just two months ago just mentioned above? Never happened. Ms. Parker doesn’t bring it up. Mr. Obama doesn’t either. And it still hasn’t been revealed exactly where the revenue from those tax hikes is being allocated.

    A Gallup poll relaesed last month shows only 41 percent of Americans agree with the President’s position on taxes, 39 percent approve of the President’s handling of the economy and 31 percent give a thumbs up on his managing of the deficit.

    If Mr. Obama thinks he was elected due to his economic prowess, it isn’t indicated in these numbers.

    Almost non-existent GDP growth?

    Below par job creation?

    Incomes falling to 20-year lows?

    Will the President ever take responsibility for any of this mess?

    Will the press ever challenge a narrative that still somehow includes “Republicans will never compromise on taxes”, when they already have?

    If the first 50 months of this Presidency is any indication, that’s now a rhetorical question

  • lbsles

    The liar in chief spoke again with forked tongue.

    Obama renews budget offer to cut social safety nets
    By Richard Cowan | Reuters – 1 hr 6 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama raised anew the issue of cutting entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security as a way out of damaging budget cuts, a White House official said on Sunday, as both sides in Washington tried to limit a fiscal crisis that may soon hit millions of Americans.

    Signaling he might be ready to explore a compromise to end automatic spending cuts that began late Friday, Obama mentioned reforming these entitlement programs in calls with lawmakers from both parties on Saturday afternoon.

    “He’s reaching out to Democrats who understand we have to make serious progress on long-term entitlement reform and Republicans who realize that if we had that type of entitlement reform, they’d be willing to have tax reform that raises revenues to lower the deficit,” White House senior economic official Gene Sperling said on Sunday on the CNN program “State of the Union.”

    Republicans have long argued that the only way to tame budget deficits over the long haul is by slowing the cost of sprawling social safety net programs.

    At the heart of Washington’s persistent fiscal crises is disagreement over how to slash the budget deficit and gain control of the $16.7 trillion national debt, bloated over the years by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and government stimulus for the ailing economy.

    Government red ink also rose over the last decade after the enactment of across-the-board tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 secured by President George W. Bush.

  • lbsles

    @ Ratboy

    Just to make your day.

    67 here in Dallas at 7:55 pm.

    Tomorrow, low 80’s with no snow.

  • Hillbilly

    Lets see i want somebody to compromise/make a deal with me on March 10th. So from now until March 9th I’ll run all over the country telling folks how bad they are & they don’t like puppies & old people. On March 10th I’ll invite them over & say hey wanna make a deal? When they so no, I’ll blame them for not making a deal. :roll:

    All my friends (the media) will back me up so I’m not worried. Instead of bashing them for a week I could have been in a room (with C Span filming it liked i promised) making a deal to avoid the sky from falling (I know backed away from that) but I’m not a leader, I’m divider in chief.

    Barry Nobama

  • RedbarSoup

    Yeah, I know, The right hasn’t been doing the exact same thing right…?

  • mikey o

    the CBO forecasts that federal revenue will top $2.7 trillion in 2013, slightly higher than the $2.6 trillion the government collected in 2007, when the last recession officially began.

    from Ap new analysis, however, shows that average tax bills for high-income families rarely have been higher since the Congressional Budget Office began tracking the data in 1979. Middle- and low-income families aren’t paying as much as they used to.

    For 2013, families with incomes in the top 20 percent of the nation will pay an average of 27.2 percent of their income in federal taxes, according to projections by the Tax Policy Center, a research organization based in Washington. The top 1 percent of households, those with incomes averaging $1.4 million, will pay an average of 35.5 percent.

    Those tax rates, which include income, payroll, corporate and estate taxes, are among the highest since 1979.

    President Obama needs more revenuen, not a spending problem can’t surive a 88 billion cuts , but we just give 250 million to eygpt go figure.

  • Mike W

    Warren Buffet is being interviewed on CNBC this morning.

    He said that the Keystone pipeline should be completed because the U.S. has built many pipelines and that they are environmentally safe. He believes we should be moving the oil tar sands both by rail and pipe thru the U.S.

    This should give President Obama some cover in approving the Keystone – maybe call it the “new” Buffet Rule.

  • d.d.

    Good Morning Crew


    The critics are wildly panning the History Channel’s ‘The Bible.’ Reading everyday non believers posts today are even more negative. That’s their right, but …………

    I was sucked in last night . Not being a critic, I thought the actors were amazing, the pageantry excellent , & , the story griping, &, at times, exciting.

    This mini series is the brainchild of Roma Downey and husband Mark Burnett, who’s biggest hits have not been known for their religious bent. Burnett is the producer behind hit reality shows Survivor and The Apprentice.

    However Downey’s Christian programming background is well established, having starred in the hit CBS series Touched by an Angel.

  • Jeff

    President Obama needs more revenuen, not a spending problem can’t surive a 88 billion cuts , but we just give 250 million to eygpt go figure.

    If he didn’t support Egypt, the right and you would b-tch About that too! I assume a Republican president never sent money to Egypt….WRONG! and you were just as outraged….eh?

  • Jeff

    @All my friends (the media) will back me up so I’m not worried. Instead of bashing them for a week I could have been in a room (with C Span filming it liked i promised) making a deal to avoid the sky from falling (I know backed away from that) but I’m not a leader, I’m divider in chief.

    One problem! You don’t have any friends. :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Coffee Steve

    Good morning everyone, I have alot of running to do today sot wanted to say hi and have a great day


    I watched that Bible series last night, not bad, they are doing the quick rapid fire verson thing, which is fine, acting and the effects were good.

    Later Guys


  • Jeff

    Busted!! But that’s why the far right extremist are dumbed down…. They have only one source for their whacky right wing news.

    Fox News cribbed research and graphics directly from a National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) press release without disclosing their origin in order to attack President Obama’s purported “sequester priorities.”

    In a Fox & Friends Saturday interview with NRCC chairman Greg Walden, co-host Tucker Carlson claimed that he was “going through a list here” of supposedly wasteful federal spending projects and crucial programs that are impacted by the mandatory spending cuts required by sequestration, but did not explain where that list originated. Every case of both worthwhile and allegedly worthless spending they discussed had previously been highlighted in a February 28 NRCC press release.

    Later in the segment, Carlson asked Walden, “wouldn’t it make sense for Republicans to come up with a list, push that list over to the White House, and publicize that list of pointless programs like this that ought to be cut?” Walden replied, “Absolutely.”

    Throughout this segment and a second segment Fox aired on-screen graphics that mimicked images included in the NRCC release in order to criticized what they termed Obama’s “sequestration priorities.” Here are those images, with the Fox versions on the left and NRCC versions on the right:

    Fox News has repeatedly cut and pasted or otherwise parroted GOP materials without disclosing the partisan source of the research. In graphics used for one 2009 segment, Fox News even replicated a typo that had been included in the Republican research document that the network was reproducing without disclosure. After anchor Jon Scott subsequently apologized for the typo. CNN host Howard Kurtz castigated Scott at the time, saying that the Fox anchor should apologize for repeating “partisan propaganda from the GOP” unsourced.

  • Jeff

    We’ve heard this echo of BS in here by the sheep that listen to this jack@ss……

    While downplaying the effects of the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester, Fox’s Bill O’Reilly argued that government spending should be reduced to 2008 levels — a proposal that echoes a 2010 GOP plan that economists said would have damaged the economy.

    On the March 1 edition of The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly called for a rollback of federal spending to 2008 levels:

    O’Reilly’s idea is similar to the 2010 Republican proposal to roll back most federal spending to 2008 levels. That proposal, part of the GOP’s “Pledge to America,” was lambasted by economists. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities wrote that the GOP plan would have “damage[d] the already weak economic recovery by forcing states and localities to lay off more workers and make even deeper cuts.” The Economic Policy Institute wrote that if such a plan had been implemented, it could have cost as many as 590,000 jobs.

    O’Reilly’s suggestion came during a segment in which he joined others in the right-wing media in downplaying the effects of the sequester, which could cost one million jobs.

  • sunshine

    Goodmorning friends.

    I am very dissappointed in TV By the Numbers.
    I just read Terri Schwartz article on the Romneys and their interview yesterday.
    She obviously didn’t see the interview I did or didn’t really watch it at all.
    The Romneys didn’t blame anyone.

    (Hi Ratty) I love my ipad :mrgreen:

  • Ratboy

    Good Morning!!
    Bright and snny this morning BUT…………….. our 2 – 5 is now 3 – 7 for tomorrow!!! Do you guys remember LAST March??? 70’s and 80’s here in Michigan!! Not this year!

  • d.d.


    Being spiritual , without religious affiliation , I was totally drawn (except the sensational ninja type fight) to ‘The Bible.’ I can understand where you as a lay minister might not be totally satisfied with it….. but, if I’m am an example, as an ‘Outreach’, it works.



    Just for you………. I’ve seen the pictures

    Army Sniper Teams Battle Plague of “Mutant Giant Rats” of Tehran

    Tehran, the capital of Iran, is battling an invasion of “genetically mutated” giant rats. These rats weigh about 11 pounds & are chasing cats.

    They seem to have had a genetic mutation, probably as a result of radiations and the chemical used on them.These are changes that normally take millions of years of evolution. They have jumped from 60 grams to five kilos, and cats are now smaller than them.”


    Reporters reveal how the Obama administration threatens and controls the media

    The New York Post just published an article about the claims of reporters intimidated by the Administration. One example :

    “I had a young reporter asking tough, important questions of an Obama Cabinet secretary,” says one DC veteran. “She was doing her job, and they were trying to bully her. In an e-mail, they called her the vilest names — bit&h, c–t, a–hole.”

    He complained and was told the matter would be investigated: “They were hemming and hawing, saying, ‘We’ll look into it.’ Nothing happened

  • Raz

    CNN host Howard Kurtz castigated Scott at the time, saying that the Fox anchor should apologize for repeating “partisan propaganda from the GOP” unsourced.

    And have they said boo about the same and worse nonsense that happens on MSNBC, of course not.

  • Raz

    The WH threatening reporters….what a shock…not. Considering these are the people who had an all out war on Fox.

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