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.

  • TZCA


    I was bored, and it looked like only the troll was posting here, so I happened across a thread debating the beauty of Kirsten Powers. For me, it’s a combination of looks, voice, and brains. I do like that she condemns things that Democrats do. I just wish the gearing in her brain turned right instead of left. I find her attractive, I don’t have a crush on her, just to make that clear.

  • TZCA


    Colmes gets under my skin, too.

  • Stan T.

    Here is an off-topic subject…just because i’m angry and need to vent..lol

    As some of you know, I’m an author…no I’m not a bestselling author…yet. I’ve just finihsed writing a fantasy novel. It’s currently at the copyeditor and i’m still waiting for the artist to finish the cover art.

    My problem is that I decided to be my own publisher…so I went to City Hall last year and enquired about a business license. Seemed simple enough. Fill out the forms, get a business license. So on February 4th, I submitted my forms and paid my fee. After a couple of weeks they told me they were putting in a new system for business forms that would speed up their process, and that’s why it was taking longer than normal. Last week, on Monday, February 25, I went back in. The lady said they just finished, and would enter the forms by Thursday, February 28, and we’d get our licenses. When I still hadn’t received it today, I went back in…She said they hadn’t entered the data, and it would take a week…or so.

    I took IBM keypunch in the old days of the 1970s. I could have entered all that data for 100 forms per day, even using those old IBM keypunch cards. And she hadn’t entered any? I can only ask, what has she been doing for a week and a half, if she hasn’t been doing her job?

    The reason this is such a deal, one of my book printer won’t finish registering me until I submit my financial statement. I can’t submit my financial statement becaue the bank won’t allow me to open my business bank account until I have my business license (one of Obama’s numerous new regulations). So everything is held up on the business license.

    And most all of the book awards contests require submission between March and June. They require physical copies of my book to accept the entry. I can’t give them physical copies until…you guessed it…These book awards are just fluff. They’re like the Oscars, just a bunch of BS; HOWEVER, lots of people buy books because they saw them win an award in their favorite book awards…so, besides the entry fee, free advertising…

    That’s enough whinning….Obama’s turn to whine again…lol

  • al

    You are right. Allen Colmes is to lazy to get the facts right. Makes stuff up. Msmbc couldn’t beat a test pattern.

  • Coffee Steve

    Good Morning Everyone

    @USNretiredx2 (If you’re ever lurking on here) Miss ya bro

    My Brothers and I many times in the past have visited older War Vets, and at times a discussion would come up at some meetings and the question was asked. “Where do you think the next big war will break out”?

    The vast majority did not say, the Middle East, nor with Russia or China, the majority always said North Korea. Folks? Do not take these threats by NK lightly. NK has ended the agreement that stopped hostilities decades ago. NO peace treaty was ever signed.

    *North Korea warns U.S. of preemptive nuclear strike

    (Reuters) – North Korea threatened the United States on Thursday with a preemptive nuclear strike, raising the level of rhetoric while the U.N. Security Council considers new sanctions against the reclusive country.

    North Korea has accused the United States of using military drills in South Korea as a launch pad for a nuclear war and has scrapped the armistice with Washington that ended hostilities in the 1950-53 Korean War.

    North Korea, which has one major ally, neighboring China, threatens the United States and its “puppet”, South Korea, on an almost daily basis.

    “Since the United States is about to ignite a nuclear war, we will be exercising our right to preemptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest,” the North’s foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency

    ***And know that China has even had it with this group, they are now going along with more sanctions against NK

  • Coffee Steve

    Coffee Steve’s Ashley Judd for Congress watch.

    I seen a few who thinks Judd has a chance against McConnell? :-)

    Quotes From Ashleys Own Family

    *“She [Ashley] is not as smart as she acts,” her mother Naomi Judd volunteered to Piers Morgan in January.

    *Ashely’s GrandMother to the AP: “Yes I will for Mitch vote for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell before my own kin.

    Some weird comments by Ashley

    *Her weird comments on Human Breeding (This one was fun)

    And This..

    *Appearing on “The View” Naomi and Wynonna Judd, her oldest daughter and band mate, dissed Ashley to Barbara Walters. Wynonna said her pet name for Ashley was “The Third Judd” like the wheel and hinted her half sister’s moment in the spotlight would soon be over.

    *When asked why Ashely was not included in the singing? Mother replied
    “She couldn’t “carry a tune in a bucket.”


  • d.d.

    Good morning everyone . Heading out , but, this first.


    progressive Slayer is a welcome addition to TVBTN’s .

    The N.Y. Daily News had an article today that succinctly states the shape of our every day people.

    The Dow Jones soars ever upward under Obama as millions go without jobs
    Millionaires and billionaires get richer while regular folks fall behind
    This stood out:

    With unemployment stuck around 8%, and with millions of people forced into part-time or low-paying jobs, corporate earnings have climbed 20% a year since 2008 while disposable incomes edged up 1.4% annually, according to Dean Maki, chief U.S. economist for Barclays.

    HERE IT COMES . “Oh, how the Democrats would flay a Republican who presided over such a have-and-have-not economy. They spare their man because, well, he’s their man.”

  • Ratboy

    Good Morning All! I got a busy morniong so Coffee Dude hold down the fort and keep the door locked until the Orkin man gets here to spray for the dreaded Dung beetle!!


  • Coffeeb Steve


    I am not the man to hold this place down, I’m not mean enough :-)


    HERE IT COMES . “Oh, how the Democrats would flay a Republican who presided over such a have-and-have-not economy. They spare their man because, well, he’s their man.”

    Funny thing is they still are. Mr. Teflon Obama simply gets the press to deflect any wrong

  • Coffeeb Steve


    And still blame Bush of course

  • Ratboy

    Just one thing before I go. I hope that the lefties take the time to read this article. I know it is long but we cant post links anymore. This is from Mediaite, not exactly the conservative capitol of sites!!!

    O’Reilly-Colmes Family Spat Shows Why There’s Fox News…And There’s Everyone Else

    George W. Bush wins the 2000 Presidential Election by (in essence) 537 votes; Fox News goes to #1 in the cable news race a few months later.

    Bush narrowly beats John Kerry in 2004. Not surprisingly, Fox is still #1, and by a wider margin.

    Barack Obama soundly defeats John McCain in 2008; Fox is still #1 by a Secretariat-esque margin.

    Mr. Obama decisively beats Mitt Romney four months ago; Regardless of which party holds executive power, Fox is still decimating the competition, albeit by a slightly smaller-than-usual margin. Sure, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell are periodically beating Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren in the demo, but for 22 other hours out of the day, it’s not even a fair fight.

    So why does this keep happening?

    Why, for the better part of 12 years, can’t anyone seriously challenge Fox News?

    The country IS becoming more socially progressive, whether it be gay rights, legal pot or its attitude toward illegal immigrants.

    So why isn’t the country—of which 51.1 percent of its registered voters went for Mr. Obama last fall—moving away from a network that many of its critics call an extension of the Republican Party?

    The answer played itself out again this week starting on Tuesday’s night O’Reilly Factor: Bill O’Reilly is speaking with his usual Tuesday night guests in the form of Monica Crowley (conservative) and Alan Colmes (liberal). This is a segment that has existed for years. Colmes is married to Crowley’s sister, bringing a Carville-Matalin element (sort of) to the show. The topic is sequester, who’s to blame, and particularly if the President has any inclination to ever cut anything given his record over his first 50 months in office.

    Part I: O’Reilly claims that Mr. Obama has no inclination to reduce spending, wants Colmes to specifically list what the President is willing to eliminate.

    Part II: Colmes claims that Mr. Obama has been receptive to Medicare and other entitlement cuts, but is speaking in general terms and therefore isn’t as specific as O’Reilly wants…

    Part III: O’Reilly (clearly frustrated), calls Colmes a liar, and comes close to dropping an s-bomb on the air, characterizing Colmes’ argument is “bull-blank” and “jack”. The 63-year-old host proceeds to point his finger at his longtime co-worker no less than a half-dozen times, but later apologizes for calling Colmes a liar (while still maintaining he wasn’t being specific in terms of exact cuts).

    But it doesn’t end there on Tuesday’s show: John Stossel, longtime ABC News reporter now Fox News libertarian, doesn’t stick with the original segment topic he was invited on The Factor to talk about. Instead, he tells O’Reilly to his face that he was “obnoxious” and “out of line.”

    The next day, there is no memorandum from Roger Ailes or Bill Shine (Senior VP of Programming) stating that no one else at the network should talk about the incidents. Instead, the other opinion shows—knowing that they’ll got a hot story—use that freedom to run with it, give it legs.

    The hosts of The Five predictably support O’Reilly in his argument that the President doesn’t have the ability or courage to cut spending. Juan Williams, filling in for the show’s lone liberal, Bob Beckel, gamely defends Colmes.

    Three hours later, Kirsten Powers—the “female Colmes” who progressives loathe for actually having the audacity to occasionally go against the usual talking points of her party—confronts O’Reilly directly on his show, says he’s “100 percent wrong” in his argument against the President. She goes on to detail $400 billion in cuts toward federal healthcare spending Mr. Obama proposed, even tweeting out the PDF she used after the segment to drive home her point.

    Remember, O’Reilly is the LeBron James at Fox News: He’s the network’s highest-paid, most influential, most revered player on the team. He’s authored multiple best-sellers, he’s host of a program that destroys everything in the ratings and has since 2001, and is such an influential personality that he receives regular guest invites on CBS, NBC, ABC, The View, Letterman and Leno.

    Yet here’s Kirsten Powers, a liberal contributor, a fellow employee at Fox News who gets infinite crap on a daily basis from fellow liberals for sleeping with the enemy, telling him he’s full of it on his own program.

    You want to know why Fox is #1?

    Let me answer a question with a question: Could you ever picture this scenario happening at MSNBC or CNN?

    Let’s use MSNBC as an example since it’s more opinion-based (hell, it’s ALL opinion-based now):

    Rachel Maddow invites Michael Steele (former head of the RNC and current MSNBC contributor) on her program. They get into an argument over whatever, things get heated. Maddow calls Steele a liar, saying his perspective is complete BS.

    Could you ever, EVER, see O’Donnell calling out Maddow for her treatment of Steele? How about The Cycle? Would S.E. Cupp rush to Steele’s defense while Touré mocked him while defending Maddow?

    Would, say, Steve Schmidt (MSNBC contributor, former McCain campaign manager) come on Maddow’s show the next night and say to her face that she was totally out of line?

    The answer, from what we’ve seen, is no. Sure, there is disagreement between guests, small-time players on the network…but not to this degree, not to this level of candor.
    Hardball has its share of yelling (mainly from the host) but does that disagreement carry into other shows? Not on your life.

    Note: This isn’t a moral argument based on good behavior or a better code of ethics. Rather, it is simply one that focuses on which network is more compelling in terms of its personalities and the manner by which they interact with each other.

    And that’s why there’s Fox, and there’s everyone else. It is much like the dynamic of the Howard Stern Show: A mix of characters all willing to take on Howard and each other, and in the most honest of ways. There simply is no filter on Howard’s show, and the audience revels in being able to witness a family fight on an almost-daily basis. Most importantly, none of the fights are planned or scripted.

    It just happens, just like it does in homes every day across the country. People can relate and therefore can appreciate what they’re hearing.

    Lawrence O’Donnell sat in judgment of the O’Reilly-Colmes brawl just hours after it happened, mocking the former for losing his cool.

    What O’Donnell doesn’t get, what his network will never understand, is that this is the kind of stuff that makes O’Reilly and Fox untouchable: They’re willing to attack each other based on their opinions and principles, all while his brethren at MSNBC wouldn’t dare call out its own in a similar situation.

    Debate and strong opinions are what cable news is all about, even when those opinions are directed at those you may run into at the company cafeteria.

    Fox News gets that.

    Everyone else…well…just look at the numbers.

  • tony

    The hypocrisies of the left is fully evident of their mostly silence on the issue of Obama’s possible use of drones on American soil on US citizens–they had a cow on Bushes wire tapping!If a republican proposed this drone policy people like Rachel Maddow would not only have her panties in a bunch her thong would be in a bunch!

  • tony

    May I apologize for the graphic last statement of mine–it may have been too disturbing to readers of TVBTN.

  • Coffeeb Steve


    Good Post. I was in Iowa covering the election, we were at a diner with a number of the press there, Fox News came up, and the question was asked, How is Fox staying at #1 all these years.

    A Times reporter held up his beer and simply said “Because they are the best at reporting The numbers are the true measure of the facts, all else is nothing more than pure proaganda”

    I wrote that down and have kept that paper.

  • Coffeeb Steve

    Goood Morning Tony

  • Letmethink

    Morning all–have been MIA for a while in the posting dept.–but still reading and enjoying posts from those I read.
    @Rats–thanks for posting–great article–never thought I would see something like this from Mediate. Hope you are staying warm and not shoveling too much snow.
    @Coffee–glad to hear teeth are in the near future. Know you will be glad to get that over with.
    @dd-appreciate your posts each day–so full of good reading from a variety of sources. Gardening weather here is virtually in full force. Hope it revs up soon in TN–sorry about the ice and snow.
    @Cathy—love your spunk—-give ’em h#$ll. When is Bevag coming back? Really miss her post.
    @Dana–glad to see you back. You add a great perspective to the discussion.

  • Coffeeb Steve


    Good Morning and very good to see your back and doing ok. I was wondering if you were on a vacation :-)

  • Mikey O

    @Coffee Steve Was stationed in South Korea Three different times. Durning that time we always had three big annual exercises for the year. Team Spirt, Foale eagle and Ochi Focus lens. north koreans would always sable rattle, saying these exersise were act of war, they increase troops on the DMZ, try to use fishing boats and aircraft get into south korea air, water space. So this has been going on for many many moons but this is the first time that its real getting reported here in the US press.

    The worry I have with North Korea they need $$$$ selling arms is big for them to sell a nuke. The missle system is questionable old scub missle the same ones they sold to Iraq when used half of them broke apart/blew up before the got to the targets. We have air power over them, but we would be busy at first taking out all chemical and othe site. Norht korea has may Artillery station close near the DMZ and Seoul would be in the crossfire

  • Coffee Steve

    Good Morning Mickey

    North Korea is in shambles. We took some medical supplies there some years ago on a mission’s trip. Even back then Millions were starving and were very sick.

    This whole situation is nearly at a point that NK will soon lash out in its last ditch effort to maintain power which they know is coming to an end. They have sunk a South Sub, bombed an Island there etc…

    I like you think their weapons aren’t state of the art; however they do have enough nuke power to cause a domino effect that could spread quickly into a major world conflict.

    The HUGE un-known factor in this is China. Even back in the war it was about over when China attacked and killed a lot of American’s on a Christmas Eve night that lead to the stoppage in hostilities. If China stays out, it will be quickly over, but if they defend NK? Bad News all around.

  • Coffee Steve


    Getting school going

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