Cable News Ratings for Friday, March 15, 2013

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March 18th, 2013



Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Friday, March 15, 2013

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,069            219            418
CNN         326            102            156
MSNBC         385            126            182
CNBC         147             42             72
FBN           41               5             20
HLN         417            178            229
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,898            294            589
CNN         409            101            204
MSNBC         574            160            268
CNBC         146             52             99
FBN           33               2             10
HLN         619            238            338
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends         996            245            463
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         311            146            173
MSNBC Morning Joe         382            132            212
CNBC Squawk Box         130             44             63
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         248            147            176
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,645            230            531
CNN SITUATION ROOM         460             96            161
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         640            144            273
CNBC MONEY IN MOTION         117             14             53
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         455            144            212
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,780            290            530
CNN SITUATION ROOM         376             86            132
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         576            110            204
CNBC MAD MONEY         129             39             82
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         438            145            194
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,405            227            450
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         336             88            142
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         677            142            278
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT           78             16             39
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         558            210            302
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,724            363            791
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         386             87            188
MSNBC ED SHOW         515            137            247
CNBC TREASURE DETECTIVES         172             43            114
HLN NANCY GRACE MYSTERIES         664            229            396
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       1,752            286            536
CNN PIERS MORGAN LIVE         482            120            228
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW         661            206            306
CNBC CAR CHASERS, THE         161             64            114
HLN WEEKEND MYSTERIES         593            187            284
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD SPCL       1,202            230            437
CNN ANDERSON COOPER SPCL RPT         356             96            191
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         544            136            252
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         106             48             69
HLN WEEKEND MYSTERIES         601            299            332
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR         978            302            553
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         427            132            232
MSNBC MSNBC INVESTIGATES         273             98            162
CNBC MAD MONEY           59             30             33
HLN NANCY GRACE MYSTERIES         641            298            407

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.

  • Ratboy

    Joe, are you still a little tipsy from St Pattys day? 45% of what FOX does is NEWS! 15% of what MSNBC does is NEWS.
    So now you say that MSNBC opinon is fact based but FOX isn’t.

    Whew!! where DO they come from?

  • Joe

    Only a right wing extreme conservative would say Fox never lies lol. If anyone takes Ralph seriously, you’re fooling yourself lol. Ralph also said that Romney would win the election. Don’t you get tired of saying the same thing everyday? Fox wins the ratings. yippie!! Don’t you have anything better to do? If Fox wins the ratings everyday, you must think everyone thinks like you. Except they don’t. The country doesn’t think like Fox viewers. You lost the election.

  • Joe


    Opinions aren’t lies. Seriously? They both have opinions but Fox doesn’t use facts to support opinions. They make up facts. Fox is the least trusted network and their viewers are the least educated. Those are also in research studies too.

  • Joe


    I’m not interested in discussing with you. I know you’re in love with Fox. Been there, done that.

  • Ratboy

    CANT FIX STUPID!!!!!!!!

  • Raz

    Joey old thing, studies will always show what the people who PAY for them want them to show.

  • Laurence Glavin

    Friday night was an atypical night for MSNBC. Ed Schultz’s program was a repeat of the Scott Prouty interview (he’s the worker who recorded Willard Romney’s fatal 47% speech), followed by a replacement host for Rachel who was recording Bill Maher’s Show, and then a replacement host for Lawrence O’Donnell, who’s following in the footsteps of Johnny Carson and Jimmy Kimmel by working only four nights a week.

  • mary

    MSDNC creats their facts by cutting and pasting

  • van

    Just incase any one wants to know. 2012 election 65,899,660 for Obama and 60,932,152 for Mit. The diffrence is the population of the DFW metroplex. I would like to know how many dead people voted or double, triple voted for Obama? Its always the Dems who dont want a Voter ID program in place. Some thing has to change.

  • ninja

    @Laurence……………..what’s the excuse for Mon – Thurs?

  • Laurence Glavin

    I had a little exposure to the Faux Bidness Channel last week. I was interested in the Dow-Jones average to see if the winning streak was continuing. I tuned to CNBC for the DJIA number which even displays during most commercials. But when I did so the other day, CNBC was either running a commercial that used up the entire screen or there was a Comcast inserted spot. I suppose I could have gone to the Bloomberg channel, but I clicked on the Faux Bidness channel instead. Stuart Varney commented on the DJIA at that moment, saying that it might be an all-time (nominal) high (not accounting for inflation), but then he added that it was happening DESPITE the Obama administration not because of it, and the other person at the desk said if it weren’t for Obama, it would have doubled faster. It’s unusual for the DJIA to double in four years in the first place, but in a period when the overhang of the ‘W’near-depression, it took a while for the stock market to advance.

  • van

    I would like for any one who think Fox News lies to produce one of those lies and counter it with the fact. Just one.

  • Mark2

    @Ralph Hahn

    Listen Foxtard, the fact remains that Broadcast News is destroying Cable News when it comes to viewers.

    More Americans (potential voters) are watching NBC, CBS, & ABC than Fox, MSNBC, & CNN.

  • Tammy

    HLN and CNN beat Morning Joe in the all important demo. If it wasn’t for “Squawk Box” he’d be in the cellar.

  • ninja

    @Mark2………………..More people drink water than prune juice. ???/?//???(;?(;

  • AppleStinx

    Nick wrote: “so they combine cnn/hln at the end, but show them separately during their daily number.
    last i heard 97.497 (cnbc)is a lower number than 97.981 (fox), so why are they ranked below them at the bottom?”

    The CNN/HLN coverage estimate is not a combination. CNN and HLN are estimated to be available in the same number of households.
    Bill/Robert didn’t bother to rank the coverage estimates above.

  • d.d.

    Raz, Loved the Jodi handstand … what a treat to watch along with Jodi in song


    More from the Pew Media Study of 2012

    The three main news channels—CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC—saw a less positive revenue picture than in years past. Fox and MSNBC continued to grow both total revenues and profits in 2012, but at slower rates. Total revenues at CNN, meanwhile, were flat and for the second time in three years the channel’s cash flow decreased

    Cable viewership measured using the mean calculation registered a 10% gain year over year, but only MSNBC grows in primetime. Fox ad revenue for 2012 was 736.8 million ; CNN’s ad revenue was 335.1 million & MSNBC’s was 236.3 million.

    Digital traffic on the rise & it is here that Fox lags.


    Ex-Hostess workers land sweet deal, taxpayers foot bill

    Watchdog News

    Officials at the U.S. Department of Labor claim it wasn’t the decision of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union to go on strike that finally brought about the Twinkie’s demise, but rather the increased import and sale of products from Hostess’ foreign competitors.

    As a result of the DOL’s unique interpretation, more than 18,000 former Hostess employees are eligible for thousands of dollars in extra assistance above and beyond standard unemployment insurance, funded through the department’s Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program — and your tax dollars.

    Former Hostess executives say otherwise. Shortly after filing for bankruptcy in January 2012, Hostess stated that its inability to compete was “primarily due to legacy pension and medical benefit obligations and restrictive work rules,” not foreign trade.

  • Bobbyv

    Joe, are you saying MSNBC never lies?

  • Doug Z

    Here are channel viewers and what they charge cable. If we had to just pay for what we watch.

    Nielsen views cost to cable

    1 2.8 million viewers USA Net work———- 1 ESPN $5,04
    2 2.7 ESPN ———————————2ESPN 3D $2.07
    3 2.5 Disney Channel ————————3 3net $1.29
    4 2.1 TBS ———————————–4 TNT $1.18
    5 2.1 Fox News ——————————5 Disney channel 1.09
    6 2.0 History ——————————-6 NFL network.$0.95
    7 1.8 TNT ———————————–7 Fox News $ 0.89
    8 1.6 A& E net works ————————8 USA $ 0.68
    9 1.6 FX ————————————9 ESPN2 $ .066
    10 1.5 ABC family —————————10 CNN in Spanish $0.58

  • Henny

    As soon as the never ending Jodi Arias trial is over, HLN will go back to low ratings and CNN and MSNBC will increase to regular numbers. Rachel will beat Hannity 25-54 and all the FOX fanatics will find something else to complain about. No one is going anywhere , people watch for opinion & fact (MSNBC) president bashing (FOX) and middle ground (CNN), so watch what you want to watch and stop bickering. It is what is it ladies and gentleman…CABLE NEWS. I look forward to you bashing my post starting…now.

    By the way some ignorant moron actually posted ” poor gay anderson cooper” earlier last week due to one day of lower than normal ratings. I’m assuming he/she posted from their hotel at CPAC . Either way, as a straight man myself I have a ton of respect for Cooper and his journalistic integrity than I do for a person who hides behind an anonymous web post. Time to take your Mitt Romney bumper sticker off your car.

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