Cable News Ratings for Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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March 6th, 2013


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Tuesday, March 5, 2013

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,241   238   479
CNN         339   104   153
MSNBC         431   120   197
CNBC         186     45     99
FBN           70     15     34
HLN         406   132   228
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,233   345   795
CNN         536   172   270
MSNBC         872   231   434
CNBC         222     62   107
FBN           52     10     19
HLN         646   244   390
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends  (000s)  (000s)  (000s)
CNN Early Start/Starting Point       1,095   266   485
MSNBC Morning Joe         223     87   114
CNBC Squawk Box         406   125   197
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         123     26     63
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       2,178   370   782
CNN SITUATION ROOM         536   147   225
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         638   149   272
CNBC FAST MONEY         204     48   134
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         692   164   348
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,987   334   678
CNN SITUATION ROOM         443   143   192
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         648   168   262
CNBC MAD MONEY         185     50     97
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         778   188   370
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,797   306   706
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         475   141   212
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         666   216   316
CNBC CNBC SPECIAL REPORT         258     44   124
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         968   241   474
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,922   423   926
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         663   267   383
MSNBC ED SHOW         761   174   341
CNBC SECRET LIVES: MEGA HOMES         177     59     75
HLN NANCY GRACE         723   285   437
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       2,166   343   748
CNN PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT         563   149   261
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW         961   279   523
CNBC TREASURE DETECTIVES         279     62   138
HLN DR. DREW ON CALL         729   272   447
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,579   254   692
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         382     99   167
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         891   239   436
CNBC CAR CHASERS, THE         210     64   108
HLN NANCY GRACE         486   174   286
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,329   338   619
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         265     75   110
MSNBC ED SHOW         428   149   187
CNBC MAD MONEY           97     38     41
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         306   103   171


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.

  • 1966

    hannity wins again!!!

  • Mike

    Fox swept the ratings for both overall and the key demo (25-54)categories for all shows – even on a night of a major news event (Chavez’s death) – a night which CNN usually picks up some steam. Morgan’s ratings are in 3rd place, Hannity is handling Maddow comfortably. And, Ed is, well Ed. Ed, obviously, is a believer but I’m reminded of the line from “Forest Gump”: Stupid is as stupid does.

  • Mark2

    HLN(CNN) is on FIRE!!!

    They’re the only station who’s numbers have gone up from last year and 2011.

  • 1966

    oh btw hannitys on fire lol how did hln do against hannity?

  • Derek

    WOW! HLN beating CNN and MSNBC for several primetime hours! Why? Its horrible news programming…

  • Derek

    @1966 – um what in the world kind of point are you trying to make?

  • Mark2


    Hannity is way down in the key demo numbers compared to 2011 and 2012.

    Hannity was getting over 600,000 key demo viewers back then and now he gets around 340,000. He’s dropped by over 40% in the past 2 years.

  • Mark2

    @Derek “WOW! HLN beating CNN and MSNBC for several primetime hours…”

    In case you didn’t know HLN and CNN are part of the same team.

  • Mark2

    I saw the clip of O’Reilly’s meltdown from last night…it was hilarious. Alan Colmes hit the right buttons and Billo the Clown went bananas. It reminded me of his Inside Edition meltdown. He needs to get back on his meds or take some anger management classes.

  • Tama

    Bill didn’t have a meltdown. He asked Mr. Colmes several times to name one program The President has made a spending cut on. Colmes couldn’t and instead kept repeating a general statement that Obama said he “Would” cut medicaid/medicare. Making a general statement is not the same as actually cutting a portion of a program. Bill wanted this emphasized and it was.

  • Bobbyv

    I thought BO went a bit overboard but he did apologize, which itself is more than most people on cable.

  • Mike

    Yes, O’Reilly had a meltdown and while I think it was justifiable given the garbage Colms was dishing out. Colms really is such a’tool’ – simply mouthing the typical liberal dribble and platitudes. Having said that, O’Reilly would have made a better case by simply staying on point. Even Monica was embarrassed. Colms will be back because he has no other significant audience.

  • b

    Ratings: Fox News Crushes Competition; HLN Beats CNN

    Last week, out of all 94 cable channels measured by Nielsen for ratings, Fox News ranked fourth, just behind History, USA, and Disney.

    MSNBC came in 23rd, CNN 36th, HLN 34th, and Current TV dead last.

    Ratings are so low for Current TV in what’s known as “total day,” they couldn’t even be measured accurately.

    I rest my case.

  • Mark2

    @Tama “Bill didn’t have a meltdown”

    Are you kidding me? He was in total meltdown mode…he even had the shakes for a while. By the way, Medicare is a Program.

  • Mark2


    And Fox News key demo ratings are down by over 40% from 2011.

    Ouch!!! That’s gonna leave a mark!

  • ninja

    Matthews had a 666.

  • clinging to my god

    Almost as big a mark as being humiliated in the ratings by FOX..nite after nite… also..BO must be absolutely hysterical, watching his nemesis Keith Olberd**k desperately looking for a job..even ESPN wants no part of the crazy loser…Bill must have a laugh riot each day, watching the man who was so jealous of him, ending without a show on MSNBC,Current, or anywhere else…couldn’t happen to a nicer guy…hee hee hee

  • Ralph Hahn

    Someone yesterday posted that Maddow has been ‘consistently’ Hannity? HA, HA, HA!

  • Ralph Hahn

    For those of you who are AMAZED that HLN’s ratings are so high: Isn’t HLN covering that trial of that woman who killed her hubby? HLN’s numbers ALWAYS shoot up during a gossipy trial.

    For you libtards, it’s another day where Fox beats MSDNC in the demos big time, so all you have to say is that Fox’s numbers aren’t what they used to be. How about this, then? Fox is STILL NUMBER 1. MSNBC is Fox’s beotch.

  • Ralph Hahn

    From HLN: “HLN is covering the Jodi Arias trial live gavel-to-gavel as it comes to its dramatic conclusion. Arias is accused of shooting her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in the head, stabbing him multiple times, and slitting his throat from ear-to-ear in 2008. Arias says she killed him in self-defense. If convicted of first-degree murder, she could face the death penalty.”

    Yeah, I can understand why HLN is kicking a*s this week.

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