Cable News Ratings For Saturday-Sunday, May 11-12, 2013

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May 14th, 2013


Live + Same Day Cable News Ratings for Saturday & Sunday, May 11-12, 2013

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC         883            183            343
CNN         462            152            212
MSNBC         273            118            132
CNBC           64             21             31
FBN           16               2               7
HLN         401            154            241
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,318            177            415
CNN         422            148            191
MSNBC         335            177            184
CNBC         180             50            101
FBN           27               6             12
HLN         485            166            245
P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC         879            176            352
CNN         379            122            178
MSNBC         321            129            156
CNBC         122             58             60
FBN           18               5             10
HLN         342            138            191
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       1,047            181            392
CNN         517            195            298
MSNBC         436            182            196
CNBC         217            103            118
FBN           32               7             13
HLN         457            154            256

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


  • Ratboy

    I would love to know how many hundred people watched Ed Shultz remind everybody how big an idiot he is!!

  • shane

    Could you please post the ratings of ED SHULTZ new program…i love this show!!

    thank you kindly!

  • AppleStinx

    By the looks of MSNBC’s Total Day and Primetime averages, Ed Schultz probably didn’t do well at all on Saturday.

  • Raz

    MSNBC, not exactly steller. Shane, how was the Ed show? Any differant then when he was on week day? Not being sarcastic, I really would like to know so I could check it out before making comment.

  • 1nancy2

    ED SHULTZ new program…I love this show!! I am so happy to see Ed back and thought his show was great too. Sat and Sun. Yipee. Now I get to hear about Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi IRS IRS from another point of view. It is about darn time. I wish Ed all of the luck in the world. MSNBC is over and out, as far as I’m concerned. Thanks Comca$t, for crappy, nothing, boring shows. BBL

  • Ralph Hahn

    Gee. MSNBC used to dominate the demo on the weekends. Tied FOX Prime-Time Saturday and squeaked by FOX Sunday evening by only One Thousand people.

  • Kendra

    Someone needs to tell MSNBC, their bashing of all things American sucks!

  • 1nancy2

    Ralph H.
    Have you ever seen anything like this? MSNBC’s/Comcast death wish has finally come to pass. It’s over, folks…Over. Too bad. Once upon a time, I was a true fan of this station. D R Independents no longer want to hear their drivel and boring shows. Give me Dem. Lefty, Progressive shows and maybe, just maybe, I will tune my Tee Vee on to MSNBC. How about firing the jerks running that place now? Grade: F – – – – -.

  • Junior

    Out of curiosity, why is CNN/HLN listed together for total HH viewership, but Fox News and Fox business are listed seperately? I understand they are different channels with different orientations, but isn’t CNN and HLN, too.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @ 1nancy2: I know a LOT about Comcast and how everytime I have a problem with my cable, modem or telephone lately, I end up speaking to someone in India who treats me like a jerk. Comcast doesn’t seem to care about America as it continues to ship more American jobs out to foreign lands.

    Knowing that, Comcast is really surprising me that MSNBC has been on the back burner and the parent company refuses to take any serious action. Perhaps, it’s a ‘Network’ type of situation. If you’ve seen the movie, ratings for the Howard Beale News Show fall because he starts preaching a pro-corporate America instead of a more populist anti-government sermonizing show. Ned Beatty, who played the parent corporation’s CEO, wants Beale kept on the air no matter how low his ratings go as long as he continues to spread the good news that corporations, not individuals, are more important. MSNBC may just be Comcast’s voice of this philosophy. But, business is business, Once MSNBC begins to lose REVENUES, they may be kept on the air.

  • Ralph Hahn

    CORRECTION. I meant once MSNBC begins to lose revenues, it will be taken off the air.

  • Laurence Glavin

    MSNBC will be taken off the air? It’s a cable outlet: IT’S NOT ON-THE-AIR. (To be technical, the feed from master control goes up to a geostationary satellite then to cable service providers’ “front ends” where they pick up their programming that is not in-house, so to a certain extent almost all cable networks are “on-the-air” in that regard, but it is not generally how customers receive them.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Doofus Glavin: Whether or not you work in broadcast or cable, people IN the business still refer to being ‘on air’ and ‘off the air’. Maybe you’re not used to speaking to someone who was worked IN the business, but I’m not stupid. And, yes, LaWrence, I know how home viewers get their cable programming at home, so no wise-a$$ like you need explain it to me. IS THAT CLEAR?

  • Laurence Glavin

    I worked in radio and TV for some time, so there. Certain words and phrases hang on long after they make sense. The ford “film” is used in news gathering when tape and hard drives had replace film years ago. The idea that people use iPods to “listen to music” when they’re taking in MP3-compressed and limited frequency “music” while they’re doing something else is NOT “listening to music”. Even late night comedians make fun of the concept of “stars” on prime-time TV shows. And don’t get me started on “reality” TV. When there was a writers’ strike a couple of years ago, among the persons involved were WRITERS of “reality” shows.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Laurence: >>> The ford “film” is used in news gathering when tape and hard drives had replace film years ago. <<<

    WT-F are you talking about? How does this relate to Comcast possibly shutting down MSNBC?

  • Laurence Glavin

    I guess I’m just more nimble than you can follow. I was talking about “terms of art” that hang on long after they were relevant.

  • AppleStinx

    Junior wrote: “Out of curiosity, why is CNN/HLN listed together for total HH viewership…”

    That’s not viewership, but coverage estimates. Read that line as:
    CNN: 99.727 million HHs
    HLN: 99.727 million HHs

  • Junior

    Thanks, AppleStinx. What is the difference between ratings and coverage?

  • Hk

    The people here who say nasty stuff about msnbc sound so childish. What is with all the hate of half the country and the President and you call us Un American. Hippcrites are what you all are.

  • Alan Chan

    Fox has been reporting the truth while the other cable news favor obama. Now all the scandals broke, people start to realize they can’t get true information from the other stations except Fox.

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