Cable News Ratings for Thursday, May 2, 2013

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May 3rd, 2013

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Thursday, May 2, 2013

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,308            235            481
CNN         456            144            200
MSNBC         339             82            161
CNBC         166             73             89
FBN           56               5             24
HLN         702            237            388
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,045            272            621
CNN         680            165            296
MSNBC         599            159            243
CNBC         309            189            181
FBN           89               5             32
HLN         887            297            510
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,264            257            517
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         404            176            225
MSNBC Morning Joe         362             98            209
CNBC Squawk Box         113             25             41
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         316            171            230
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       2,054            276            744
CNN Situation Room         536            139            159
MSNBC Hardball WITH C. MATTHEWS         571             89            196
CNBC FAST MONEY         132             37             75
HLN EVENING EXPRESS       1,400            382            707
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       1,889            200            523
CNN Situation Room         487            131            152
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         463             99            173
CNBC Mad Money         102             35             40
HLN EVENING EXPRESS       1,440            413            719
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC The Fox Report W/S.SMITH       1,892            287            620
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         535            149            200
MSNBC Hardball WITH C. MATTHEWS         502            121            200
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L         188            110             93
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         985            351            563
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       2,889            398            865
CNN Anderson Cooper 360         717            216            330
MSNBC ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES         589            156            229
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L         270            152            152
HLN Nancy Grace         939            322            558
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC Hannity       1,848            242            523
CNN PIERS MORGAN LIVE         762            148            316
MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show         617            184            258
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L         321            191            190
HLN Dr. Drew ON CALL         908            294            510
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,378            171            466
CNN Anderson Cooper 360         562            131            242
MSNBC Last Word W/ L. ODONNELL         590            137            241
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L         337            224            201
HLN HLN AFTER DARK         814            274            462
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,181            333            623
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         447            130            201
MSNBC ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES         355            104            156
CNBC NHL QTR FINALS L         353            248            222
HLN HLN AFTER DARK         630            243            388

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

  • Jim S.

    MSNBC is on…..FIIIIIRE!!!

    All you right wing haters picking on my man Chris Hayes, lighten up. Just because Bill O. squeaks by on occasion, any idiot knows it’s the shows title. In the poker world, they know 90% of ” All In” bets, lose. As soon as the network brass changes the title…BAM, Bill O. will be history!
    GO USA 8888

  • Jeff

    Wow fox news still creeping down, msnbc is edging closer and closer in key demo!!

  • Mark2


    You’re making a rookie mistake because you’re forgetting about the 18 to 25 viewer numbers that don’t show up on this site. The last time this website posted an MSNBC article it showed that Rachel Maddow was #1 in the 18 to 34 demo group…which means she must have a lot of 18 to 25 viewers probably mostly college students.

  • van

    MSNBC=My Sucky News Broadcast Channel……again

  • Stan T.

    Posted May 3, 2013 at 2:38 PM
    Wow fox news still creeping down, msnbc is edging closer and closer in key demo!!

    You lefties have really short memories, which explains why, when obama changed his story about his relationship with Rev Wright, you only remember his last story…you guys used to CONSTANTLY say MSNBC wins in the Demo, and Fox only wins in the total, now you are saying they’re getting close to beating Fox in the demo….MSNBC used to run 400-500 in demo, and little anywhere else…the demo has left them in droves….

  • Stan T.

    Posted May 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    You’re making a rookie mistake because you’re forgetting about the 18 to 25 viewer numbers that don’t show up on this site. The last time this website posted an MSNBC article it showed that Rachel Maddow was #1 in the 18 to 34 demo group…which means she must have a lot of 18 to 25 viewers probably mostly college students.

    Which could explain why college students are so clueless about the world around them…

  • Doug Z

    Mark2, I am making a rookie mistake. MSNBC is all young people, right!

    MSNBC is on fire


  • van

    Sooo which Demo did MSNBC take 1st in? NONE, NADA, ZIPPO and ZERO! How else do it want it told?

  • van

    Sorry, I left out “you” in “How else do YOU want it told?”

  • Mark2

    FOXNews is still down 50% in the key demo And cable news is still irrelevant in less there’s a breaking story or an election going on.

    Do the math and you’ll see that it’s a very low percentage of people that actually watch cable news on a day to day basis.

    We all know that Broadcast news destroys Cable news when it comes to viewership on a day-to-day basis.

  • van

    Sorry Mark2 that you just cant face the music. This site is all about CABLE viewers. Not Broadcast or voters but CABLE viewers. People who have a job and pay for the CABLE. Get it! Dont spin it! If it doesnt matter get out! Go to another site that is Broadcast Viewers and spin all you want there. Braodcast News is not 24/7 but 1-2 hours a day.

  • PaulG


    No and NO. The private sector is drowning in money–corporate profits are at all time highs, but they are not creating jobs because there is no consumer demand. In recessions or depressions, it is necessary for the gov to stimulate consumer demand by creating jobs programs (like in the 1930?s); otherwise, who is going to create the jobs. Fortunately, the FED is helping with this. Private industry won’t because there is no consumer demand to buy their product. Regarding you second question: the sequester can ONLY have one effect and that is to diminish job creation. It’s like cutting down the pressure in a garden hose–there can only be one effect: to diminish the flow of water. It obviously can’t increase the flow. Further, the resumption of the payroll tax is cutting down on economic output and job creation, too. And, on top of this, you have the continued right wing obstruction….

    If there’s no demand,,who’s buying all those cars and houses,,why are all the major retailer’s stocks near all time highs Walmart,,Home Depot,,Macys,,Costco…How can you can compare the present economy to the 1930’s or insist we need the same polices as that time period??We are NOT in a Recession or Depression…Multi-National Corporations are having record profits,,not Main Street businesses..Large corporations are drowning in money because they can issue bonds and borrow money for near zero interest,,then buy back shares,,which boosts their profits per share to record levels,,all without any hiring.. At the same time retiree’s that saved throughout their working years,,collect zero interest and many having to live off their principle because their benefits won’t cover expenses…Your local banks are bogged down in horrendous regulation and paper work and there’s often more compliance officers than loan officer’s,,small business’s that want to expand and hire or entrepreneur’s that want to start a business and hire,,can’t get a loan approved,,all this while Pres Obama,,Reed and Pelosi did nothing to address “to big to fail” in their financial regulation legislation…

    Since we are far removed from any possible depression,,just based on healthy consumer demand and bank capitalization,,there’s no evidence that increased government spending(because all the sequester has done is slow the rate of spending)is at all necessary to grow jobs and the economy…The evidence in the employment numbers for April and the revisions for March and February,,with a growing private sector and shrinking public sector don’t support your assertions…That’s not to say as the private economy continues to grow we shouldn’t continue to invest in new infrastructure,,research and education…Your analogy of reducing the increase in government spending is like a squeezing a garden hose and for every dollar cut in government spending directly reduces growth by a near equal amount is without any basis in economic reality…
    Government waste and bureaucracy,,funds not available for private investment and negative economic sentiment from higher government debt and taxes diminish returns…To summize that the larger the government the higher the economic growth is equally without merit…

  • van

    I am out of here. Friday Night, worked all work with out Obama`s help because I did build that. Later Lefties..put the pipe down and get a life!

  • Raz

    I can see why HLN so well, Jose Martinez was doing the prosecution summation. He gave a masterful presentation that is going to be hard for the defense to poke holes in.

  • Jeff

    38 straight months of private sector job growth under Barrack Obama……Unemployment is down again…..NYSE 15,000

    What do right wing kooks have to celebrate???

    Dwindling Fox News ratings……and the effects of the sequester they support……….That’s it!

  • Doug Z

    DOMINATE: GOOGLE recognizes state of ‘Palestine’…

  • Jeff

    @Later Lefties..put the pipe down and get a life!

    Sure after you take the stick out of your keister named Boner…I mean Boehner.

  • Raz

    Wow fox news still creeping down, msnbc is edging closer and closer in key demo!!

    Jeff, whatever you’re smoken, stop it now, because it isn’t doing you a lick of good. MSNBC was behind HLN (Juan not Jose-sorry about that) was great.

  • Jim S.

    Mark2 – you are so dead on. Any idiot knows cables news ratings run in cycles. I can remember all thru the 80’s and early 90’s MSNBC cleaned Fox News clock, day in and day out. Don’t worry, its just a matter of time and we’ll be back on top, again

    GO USA 8888

  • Doug Z


    Jeff can not read anything that long with sats to prove your point.

    I am sorry Jeff, you are not usa000000 are you.

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