Cable News Ratings for Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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March 21st, 2013


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Wednesday, March 20, 2013

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,213            234            471
CNN         334             92            146
MSNBC         386            122            188
CNBC         161             49             88
FBN           50               7             23
HLN         472            167            254
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,104            323            699
CNN         447            113            171
MSNBC         735            203            331
CNBC         170             85            108
FBN           36               7             15
HLN         773            296            444
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,095            267            493
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         219             83            136
MSNBC Morning Joe         395            148            218
CNBC Squawk Box         122             30             70
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         299            171            204
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       1,703            250            628
CNN SITUATION ROOM         471             75            169
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         659            164            289
CNBC FAST MONEY         143             40             74
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         755            164            332
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,692            246            556
CNN SITUATION ROOM         389             95            174
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         526            140            229
CNBC MAD MONEY         124             24             96
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         683            198            312
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,715            256            606
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         311             58            126
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         617            161            260
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT           85             26             38
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         755            241            375
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       3,068            447         1,018
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         521            137            193
MSNBC ED SHOW         612            150            264
CNBC CAR CHASERS, THE         112             32             40
HLN NANCY GRACE         853            301            469
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       1,797            304            607
CNN PIERS MORGAN LIVE         460             97            159
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW         830            240            374
CNBC THE APPRENTICE         145             73             99
HLN DR. DREW ON CALL         809            294            470
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,423            217            471
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         358            105            159
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         758            220            350
CNBC THE APPRENTICE         251            151            185
HLN HLN AFTER DARK         659            293            393
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,220            281            584
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         373            116            186
MSNBC ED SHOW         309             89            167
CNBC MAD MONEY         108             46             75
HLN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT         482            151            282

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.

  • betty

    FOX NEWS out-numbers ALL Prime time shows!
    Cackling Ghouls say: “ouch”! I say “Ahhhhhhhhh”. LOL

  • usa8888

    This just in from Fox Fake News: Gun mfrs may leave states with adequate gun legislation. This would be a good thing. Meanwhile right wing extremist La Pierre continues to collect blood money……

  • usa8888

    The important thing is NOT the relatively miniscule number of people who watch Fox Fakes News but the fact that Obama won with 53 million votes, the dems won the Senate, and would have won the House were it not for district greerymandering. AND most people favor Obama’s solutions to problems rather than right wing solutions……We are definitely on the correct track if only the right wing fringe would stay out of the way……

  • ninja

    #1 seed Gonzaga in trouble of loosing. Channel TBS

  • Mark2

    Well, it looks like the honeymoon with Rand Paul is over for the wingnuts.

    Ever since he came out for support on a path to citizenship, the right-wingers dropped him like a bad habit. Rush Limbaugh and Coulter are hammering him.

    It seems like you guys have a new messiah every other week and then you end up turning on them….lol. It’s time to look for the new flavor of the month.

    Where’s Donald Trump, Herman Cain, and Newt Gingrich when you need them? LMAO

  • lbsles

    Somebody is going to get a hold of Beyonce and ask, ‘What do you think about what Rush Limbaugh is saying about you?’ And, of course, they’re not going to tell her that all I did was quote from her own lyrics, and so she’ll have the predictable response: ‘Well, you know, he’s a racist misogynist, so nobody should listen to what he says.'” – Rush

  • lbsles

    “The Soviets didn’t come to a table and say, ‘You know what? You guys in America are right, and we’ve been wrong all these years. Communism sucks.’ Peace didn’t come between the US and Soviet Union as a result of talking, with one side admitting they were wrong.” – Rush

  • lbsles

    “You have to understand: Obama finds autocratic leaders perfect to do business with — they’re all-powerful! They don’t have to take their plans to some Congress to get approval.” -Rush

  • lbsles

    Why Dr. Benjamin Carson Scares the Left

    RUSH: Some people were asking me about Ben Carson last night. And I said, “Let me tell you what his secret is. People are not able to detect an agenda when Ben Carson speaks. That’s the magic.” And it’s the same thing with Obama. Obama does not appear to have an agenda. At least people don’t attach an agenda to him. What that means is, people are not, therefore, automatically predisposed to being wary. People who have agendas, and those agendas are known, will automatically have people suspicious of them. Because what is an agenda? It means many things to many people.

    When you get to the low-information crowd, an agenda is a design, a plan you have for them and about them over which they may not have any control. They’re very suspicious of agendas. That’s why anybody that has one is automatically a suspect. It’s just human nature. It’s the way things exist in the country and in our culture today. It hasn’t always been this way, but it is now.

  • lbsles

    Well, Dr. Carson is able to make a speech, to appear at the National Prayer Breakfast, to be a guest on a TV show, to tell you what he thinks, and even tells you the way he thinks things should be. But nobody thinks that he’s got an agenda. So there’s no grand design. There’s no perception that he wants to force people to do something. And that’s what many people think of as an agenda. And that, I think, is one of Obama’s secret techniques. He gets away with not having an agenda. And to the extent that he does have an agenda, it’s fighting these mysterious, powerful forces that are destroying everything. And what’s ironic about this is that there hasn’t been a president in a hundred years who’s had this kind of naked desire to subjugate people and to control them. And yet the low-information crowd that supports Obama, that’s the last thing they think about him.

    You stop and think about this and it’ll make sense to you. It’s why Benjamin Carson is universally popular right now. It’s because he doesn’t appear to have an agenda. And in order for him to maintain that position, he’s making it clear to anybody that he’s not a Republican, not a conservative. If anything, he’s an independent. He wants it known that he’s critical of people from both parties, or all five parties, however many parties there are, he’s critical of all of them. As opposed to me. I am, obviously, associated with an agenda, and I don’t hide behind it. I’m not afraid of having an agenda.


  • lbsles

    video: www . youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hNvIfCZWCtQ

  • lbsles

    RUSH: Just to illustrate my point that I was making. Dr. Ben Carson is so good right now, the New York Times has an article, has a story on him today that is in no way a hit piece. It’s not blatant, not subtle, there’s no hit piece aspect at all. The headline of the Times story on Ben Carson is: “Neurosurgeon’s Speeches Have Conservatives Dreaming of 2016.” The headline is not: “Neurosurgeon Has Designs on White House for 2016 and is Attempting to Persuade Conservatives.” It’s not that at all.

    The headline is about him. His speeches have conservatives dreaming. The headline’s about what conservatives are doing, not what he’s doing. It is remarkably hate free, for a guy who took it right to Obama on Obamacare at the National Prayer Breakfast. It’s amazing.

  • Letmethink

    Well Morning Joe pulled ahead of Early Start/Starting Point again. Terrible numbers for both.
    Don’t know when Jake Tapper starts. Have totally tuned CNN out but may give him a chance if he can go down the middle.
    Ralph I enjoy your posts. My response to one poster who complained about the length of my post. “I don’t set rules for others posts and I don’t follow others rules. If you don’t like my posts or length of my posts–don’t read them.”
    Have a good night all–

  • lbsles

    You know me, folks. I’ve always believed, if people understood what liberalism is, no Democrat would ever get elected. Well, that was true 15 years ago. I still think it could be made to be the case. I don’t think people were voting ideologically for Obama. Obama was something that was apolitical to them. Now, you mentioned Dr. Carson, and I’m glad you brought him up because I want to make another point, or I want to make the same point again. I think that if you want to characterize it as the fact that he’s got a secret, a secret to his success, Dr. Carson, let me be blatant, let me be honest here. This not criticism. Please don’t take it that way. Dr. Carson is saying things that are no different than other conservatives say or have said.

    So why — this is the question — why is Dr. Carson being so embraced? Why is there such hope invested in Ben Carson? Why are people so eager to embrace him? He’s not the first to criticize Obamacare. He’s not the first to offer an alternative to Obamacare. He wasn’t the first to offer his alternative to Obamacare. Countless Republicans have done that. Countless conservatives in the Republican primary campaigns. There were all kinds of people that pointed out the fallacies of Obamacare and had really good ways of getting rid of it and really good ways of fixing health care.


  • lbsles

    There’s an answer to this. And it is, I think, that Dr. Carson is not perceived to have an agenda. He has the ability to speak to people without raising his voice, as though he’s sitting in their living room, just having a conversation, or at the kitchen table, whatever circumstance you want to imagine. He’s entirely nonthreatening. There’s no pointing fingers. There’s no accusations about anybody. There’s just nothing threatening. And I think it is really key that he is perceived as not having an agenda.

    Now, does he have an agenda? Well, of course. If he has a vision for the country that differs from what we’re currently doing, he obviously does, but he doesn’t present himself that way, and as such, he doesn’t come off as threatening. People with agendas are seen as wanting to control people or wanting to deny people certain things. He doesn’t come across that way at all. And I think he just does this instinctively. I think he’s got the knack. Obama’s got the same talent, by the way.


  • lbsles

    So in addition to all this other stuff, Ben Carson demonstrates leadership and principle. He makes you want to follow him. There are a lot of reasons to explain his attraction right now, his effectiveness. I don’t mean this as a put-down. I really don’t. In fact, I think that this is really fascinating. Now, he did say it to Obama’s face. That’s something that hasn’t happened, other than when Paul Ryan did it in a budget meeting that nobody saw. Prayer breakfast, everybody saw that. But nobody takes it to Obama. Now, there are all kinds of people that have the same ideas about Obamacare, same criticisms, same fixes. Buts they address them in a static kind of way that doesn’t really inspire any leadership to follow them. Carson does that.

  • Mark2

    @lbsles “Why Dr. Benjamin Carson Scares the Left”

    Rush was all over Rand Paul’s “tip” last week and now he’s jumped ship.

    Rush is a bloviating joke who hasn’t delivered in the 2008 and 2012 Presidential Elections, so get off his “tip”…if you know what I mean.

  • DB

    The loony libs were so excited when every now and then one of their heroes on MSNBC got a million in total viewers. Now most of them are less than 700k but some how they don’t recognize the ratings disaster that is MSNBC. How long can Joe S, Al S. and Chrissee M last with ratings the size of a small town. Only about 12,000 to 15,000 people per State are watching. Things are going to have to change. I have a feeling Chrissee Hayes after the newness wears off is not going to do well. His show on sat is elitist, boring and almost unwatchable.

    Btw did you know only 65 million people voted for Obama and nearly 1.5 billion did not vote for him.

  • DB

    Mark2 called Rush a bloviating joke– again just like USA calling someone stupid, Jeffie calling someone vile and Redbardope calling someone unreasonable. Do you lefties ever read your own posts–introspection must not be allowed in progressive character.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @letmethink: Thank you for your comments. The thing here that drives me a little nuts is at least 3-4 posters here spread nothing but lies. Not a legitimate difference of opinion, I respect those,. But, silly and out right LIES. And, I challenge them on it and go after them, with a slight grin on my face. Because people like these are the ones who get the wrong candidates elected because of vicious smear campaigns. Joe Biden on gun control said Congresswoman Giffords was “mortally wounded” in the shooting. Mortally means DEAD. She is, thank God, alive. Biden has a gaffe everytday, but the liberals, with the help of the media, demonized Sarah Palin, who was vetted probably 100 times more than Obama, who had the shortest resume ever for President. And day after day, in particular, Mark2 and usa888 produce the same lies and lame comments on a daily basis. So, like Superman, I fight for truth, justice and the American way! :) lol

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