Cable News Ratings For Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5, 2013

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May 7th, 2013


Live + Same Day Cable News Ratings for Saturday & Sunday, May 4-5, 2013

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC         852            135            303
CNN         415            132            200
MSNBC         338            168            142
CNBC           86             40             48
FBN           22               4             11
HLN         359            145            222
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,357            147            388
CNN         471            128            223
MSNBC         476            245            212
CNBC         287            126            157
FBN           49               4             14
HLN         460            145            275
P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC         848            173            312
CNN         376            123            168
MSNBC         309            157            152
CNBC           69             34             38
FBN           23               5             12
HLN         373            137            213
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,065            184            303
CNN         524            196            287
MSNBC         432            207            216
CNBC         245            113            140
FBN           66             17             32
HLN         501            155            287

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


  • Raz

    Considering how bad they got clobbered during the week, it’s nice that MSNBC got their turn at bat. Too bad about the next 5 days.

  • Stan T.

    Wow…MSNBC is even 4th on the weekend…that’s gonna leave a mark…

  • 1nancy2

    Big Ed will be on his 1st show this Sat. It will be a breath of fresh air to have him back on my Tee Vee. MHP, SE Cupp, a.m. Joe, Chris H. Andrea M. Alex W. all need to go, pronto.

  • Ratboy

    @ Big Ed will be on his 1st show this Sat. It will be a breath of fresh air

    If that guy is a breath of fresh air you need to move! :shock:

  • 1nancy2

    Now, now, can’t you wish your friend good luck? After all, I applaud your love of Fox, Bill-O, Sean H. et al. You supported Cenk, so? BBL

  • olebud03

    @Stan T.

    Dude, can you read? Or are you just like most other republi-CONS who fabricate their own reality, facts be damned? Of the four weekend cable news ratings time periods (Saturday total day, Saturday primetime, Sunday total day, and Sunday primetime) MSNBC ranked FIRST in the target demo in ALL of them except Sunday total day. Even then, Faux “News” edged out MSNBC by a MERE 16,000 viewers.

    I am genuinely happy that you cry-baby right-wing nut-jobs occasionally win the cable news ratings to soothe the butt-soreness of the 2012 elections when you guys lost additional seats in both the House and the Senate. Not to mention your party’s CRUSHING defeat to (according to you guys) a Kenyan-born, Muslim socialist. Now that’s REALLY gotta HURT~~~!

  • Ralph Hahn

    @olebud03: It’s already been said that MSNBC is usually first among the 25-54 demo on weekends. Don’t be too quick to brag. They stink up the joint Mon-Fri when MOST people are watching. So. if I were Roger Ailes, I would care less whether MSNBC walked off with three of the four wins.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @olebud03: And. While you are correct later in your first paragraph, you blew it all by being a partisan a-hole with the same talking point insults ANN the LibDems use. You would make a pretty bad teacher.

    Get some class and come back with your usual name.

  • Ralph Hahn

    Should be ALL not ANN. However she got into here I’ll never know. lol

  • Kidd Galahad

    Last week, FOX News Channel rose to place third in total viewership during primetime (basic cable) after placing fifth in primetime the week previously. During the same period, CNN fell from 19th all the way to 31st place and MSNBC rose a single place to 29th from 30th in primetime total viewers.

    In total day viewers, FOX News Channel maintained its #4 ranking prom the previous week, while CNN slid to 27th place from 16th. MSNBC again rose a single place last week to 32nd from the previous week’s 33th place.

  • John Wynn

    @olebud03: It’s so funny seeing MSNBC nuthuggers trying to justify their ratings in any way possible. Yeah, in the key demographic of 10 to 12 year olds, who hop on one leg and are under 100 pounds…MSNBC is winning! In reality, a good day at MSNBC is getting a third of what FNC gets in viewers. But oh yeah, keep telling yourself MSNBC is winning and eventually you’ll really start to believe it.

  • Brandon

    I think it is so funny that we argue over cable news ratings when less than 1% of America’s population watch cable news. The ratings for cable news networks have become more and more irrelevant. Just watch who you agree with and be done with it. This year people have seemed to forget that we have two political parties in order to get a balanced approach to America’s problems. This has become more of an ideal since both political parties are no longer focusing on policy. They are only focusing on gaining political points.

  • AppleStinx

    Brandon wrote: “…less than 1% of America’s population watch cable news…”

    Where did you get that idea?

  • Sj

    WOW! What a Right wing gang bang SUCK FEST. Yall gang up on anyone differing in opinion with your Fascist Bullying Hate Mongering. Then attack them if they fight back. So you don’t have much to be proud of. You have 1 right wing propaganda, fear mongering, hate mongering political ignorance spewing network to watch and truly believe it’s news. While the rest of us viewers watch a broad variety of news and you thing that is something to rally around? Sad, but go ahead, relish in your anti-government, anti-American, Fascist (Look up the definition), Racist, conspiracy theory, constitution destroying network (The second amendment is not the constitution). The confederacy is not America, and preach committing treason against the American Government. Be proud of that crap and call yourself American Patriots???? I know I will be attacked, but ya know, you attack me, so right back attcha you hypocrites. I’m tired of taking it and keeping my mouth shut! Yall can be nasty so can I. I don’t really care anymore. This site is mine as much as it is yours! What ever you say back I don’t really give a dang anymore.

  • BooBoo

    SJ: You are obviously a foreigner.

  • Patriot Pete

    AppleStinx wrote: “Where did you get that idea?”

    The population of the United States is 314,900,040
    (Three Hundred Fourteen Million, Nine Hundred Thousand and Forty)

    Do some simple math using the numbers from the latest ‘CNR’ Ratings for Cable News… You will find for the most part, Brandon is correct, in that less than 1% of Americans watch FOX.

    When you combine all the Cable News (or corporate owned news) viewers:
    1,647,000 to 1,892,000 FOX
    1,048,000 to 822,000 CNN
    515,000 to 933,000 MSNBC
    The total of corporate media viewers fluctuate around 3,210,000 and 3,647,000 (or) between 1.02 and 1.16 percent of Americans.

    Even on the best of days, that percentage does not reach 2% of the American population.
    Most Americans are better informed than those who watch corporate media.
    Most Americans are better informed than to watch corporate media at all.

  • AppleStinx

    Patriot Pete wrote: “Do some simple math using the numbers from the latest ‘CNR’ Ratings for Cable News… You will find for the most part, Brandon is correct, in that less than 1% of Americans watch FOX.”

    According to Nielsen, as reported by Pew Research, each of the big 3 cable news channels average per month more than 40 million unique viewers who stay tuned for at least 60 minutes.

    If you guys mean to say that fewer than 1% of Americans watch cable news on average in any one given hour, you may be close, but that doesn’t sound like what you are implying.

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