Cable News Ratings for Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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May 16th, 2013


Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Wednesday, May 15, 2013

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC        1,501        301         584
CNN           398        123         188
MSNBC           337         85         135
CNBC           129         33           61
FBN             60         13           30
HLN           652        215         348
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC        2,559        407         918
CNN           606        153         297
MSNBC           605        166         238
CNBC           140         49           72
FBN             73         18           43
HLN           795        259         442
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends        1,331        292         537
CNN Early Start/Starting Point           339        124         184
MSNBC Morning Joe           403        117         189
CNBC Squawk Box           115         40           66
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade           292        143         227
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE        2,342        376         781
CNN SITUATION ROOM           508        122         179
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS           513        102         183
CNBC FAST MONEY           127         21           46
HLN EVENING EXPRESS        1,321        390         659
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER        2,889        477         946
CNN SITUATION ROOM           536        162         239
MSNBC POLITICS NATION           667        126         226
CNBC MAD MONEY           115         36           56
HLN EVENING EXPRESS        1,202        399         601
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH        2,002        386         797
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           456        168         216
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS           503         82         196
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT             90         10           32
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL           814        234         414
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        3,117        499       1,117
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           660        160         295
MSNBC ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES           440         95         150
CNBC CROWD RULES             44           8           12
HLN NANCY GRACE           690        210         382
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY        2,426        377         825
CNN PIERS MORGAN LIVE           651        149         311
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW           689        232         301
CNBC AMERICAN GREED           111         35           57
HLN DR. DREW ON CALL           954        304         504
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA        2,115        345         805
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           501        149         286
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL           682        171         263
CNBC AMERICAN GREED           264        104         148
HLN HLN AFTER DARK           741        264         441
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR        1,535        355         731
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360           356        148         185
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT           370        112         188
MSNBC ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES           325        102         115
CNBC MAD MONEY             96         45           49
HLN HLN AFTER DARK           516        207         337

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.

  • Ralph Hahn

    That ‘Ol’ Gray Lady’…doesn’t know s–t. On the New York Times 10-most popular e-mailed stories, NONE have to do with Benghazi, The IRS/Conservatives or IRS/AP. Of the 20 most recommended news story by the editors, nothing on the three subjects above either.

    Either Times’ readers have had their heads in the sand in a big cave somewhere, or the Times has excluded anything having to do with embarassing Obama.

    “All the news that’s fit to print?” Anyone with a brain should cancel their New York Times subscription for hiding the news everyone else is covering.

  • Ratboy

    @ old Mike

    Posted May 16, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Gref Gutfield had a good one on The Five. If it was a crime to be stupid, the whole crew on MSNBC would be in jail awaiting the death penalty.


  • jeremy

    I doubt Hayes lasts the month before they pull him from 8 pm. He is killing the prime time audience. I think they need to put Ed back at 8 pm and put Hayes on in one of Matthews spots or put him back on weekend mornings.
    He is just not selling well.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @Ratboy: Greg is good! He’s the kind of guy I’d enjoy sitting and having a drink with. You know he would be the life of the party. Overnights, he’s on three consecutive Fox shows somnetimes. 2AM The Five, 3AM, Red Eye and 4AM when he guests on O’Reilly, usually Fridays with that former Imus guy, Bernard McGuirk.


  • old Mike

    My older daughter loved your posting on the trip to Walmart a week or two ago. So did I to forward it with a small change to add my name. Thanks.

  • Ratboy

    @ Ralph Hahn

    Posted May 16, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    @Ratboy: Greg is good! He’s the kind of guy

    He cracks me up on The Five and Oreilly. I am too damn old to stay up and watch red eye though :lol:

  • Todd

    My fish tank has more viewers than Chris Hayes

  • Ratboy

    @ old Mike

    Posted May 16, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    My older daughter loved your posting on the trip to Walmart a week or two ago. So did I to forward it with a small change to add my name. Thanks

    Noooo Problemo! We buds gotta stick together!

  • SteveB


    They always start calling names .. it never fails..

  • Stan T


    Posted May 16, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Wow. Have not checked out the ratings in a long while. Looks like Chris Hayes is a Republican plant to bring down MSNBC.
    Ed Schultz must be doing cartwheels at Hayes failure.
    Chris Hayes isn’t a republican, he’s Maddow’s pet…which is why his numbers suck…just look at her numbers.

  • SteveB

    I figued it out..

    Usahole/jeff/mfitz are all really Keith Olberman since no one wanted to hire him to actually be on TV. they decided to pay him 1 cent per word to come here and post on this page..

  • SnapTie

    Megan Kelly had noted Attorney Ted Olson on her Fox program this afternoon. He is representing the Koch Brothers who are on the IRS target program. He wrote a letter a year and a half ago to the I.R.S. that the U. S. Constitution does not allow mistreatment of citizens by the government and cited the phrase in it. He added that this was the reason of our Declaration of Independence – to free the public from oppression by government.
    Could a former University of Chicago employee who taught Constitutional Law not know this. OMG

  • Chriscee

    Reports: IRS Spared Liberal Groups as Tea Party Languished, More Conservative Orgs Targeted Than First Thought

    The IRS targeting of conservative groups is far broader than first reported, with nearly 500 organizations singled out for additional scrutiny, according to two lawmakers briefed by the agency. IRS officials claimed on Friday that roughly 300 groups received additional scrutiny. Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said Tuesday that the number has actually risen to 471. Further, they said it is “unclear” whether Tea Party and other conservative groups are being targeted to this day.

    Obama is nothing more than a LIAR. He knew….and he wanted to win….at any cost….and he did…and now he’s going to wished he hadn’t. I hope the republicans NEVER stop. They need to keep digging and digging.

    Obama will be impeached.

  • SteveB


    I am a Non White Conservative. i am not afriad to admit that i will not Blame White people for all the Ills of Society. I am Responsible enough to take care of myself.

    I am not sure why you feel the need to blame everyone for your own Actions.

  • Stan T


    Posted May 16, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    I’m wrong actually 500k is only 1/6 so the older skew is even greater lol

    If you had a brain you would be dangerous…NOTE – the key demo is 25-54…you never considered the fact that 2 million of his viewers potentially could be 18-24? or even 12-18 for that matter. Or is that too hard for you to consider?

  • old Mike


    Posted May 16, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    They always start calling names .. it never fails..

    I agree. It’s the bigger idiots that call others “Idiots”

  • SteveB


    (About the IRS new acting commissioner) Greg Gutfeld: “It’s like hiring your best friend to be your parole officer.”

  • Chriscee

    Did IRS Meddle in Wisconsin Recall?

    EXCLUSIVE: Did IRS Target Wisconsin Tea Party and Verify the Recall Effort?

    By Matt Batzel and Collin Roth

    Why was the IRS interested in efforts to ensure the recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was legitimate?

    As the Obama Administration seeks to pivot to a new explanation for their activist Internal Revenue Service (IRS), we find out they took particular interest in the Verify the Recall effort which took place in Wisconsin during 2012.

    Two of the three groups involved in Verify the Recall experienced delays in receiving their non-profit status. More ominously, the IRS asked at least one other conservative organization, in another state, about their relationship with the effort.

    rightwisconsin dot com

  • SteveB


    Maybe mfitz is lois Letner* (sp) I am not good at math..

  • Chriscee

    Obama and Kerry’s Fingerprints All Over Syria Crisis

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