Cable News Ratings for Monday, May 20, 2013

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May 21st, 2013


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

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,487            315            616
CNN         762            310            389
MSNBC         441            143            207
CNBC         107             31             51
FBN           56               8             24
HLN         526            186            295
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,603            632         1,112
CNN       1,882            790         1,004
MSNBC         926            337            490
CNBC           92             42             54
FBN           81             10             25
HLN         672            229            400
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,154            291            517
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         296            153            172
MSNBC Morning Joe         374            118            171
CNBC Squawk Box         107             25             53
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         286            145            217
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       2,398            364            824
CNN SITUATION ROOM       1,022            321            464
MSNBC MSNBC BREAKING NEWS         709            135            261
CNBC FAST MONEY         118             21             47
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         558            182            271
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       2,429            463            989
CNN SITUATION ROOM       1,206            465            641
MSNBC MSNBC BREAKING NEWS         714            193            324
CNBC MAD MONEY         136             53             80
HLN EVENING EXPRESS         609            203            304
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       2,365            455            959
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT       1,379            558            690
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         959            253            484
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT         107             29             54
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL         698            218            390
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       3,107            688         1,226
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360       1,663            686            863
MSNBC ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES       1,025            380            579
CNBC CAR CHASERS, THE         100             46             62
HLN NANCY GRACE         738            236            431
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       2,642            645         1,172
CNN PIERS MORGAN LIVE       1,924            766            975
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW         926            361            525
CNBC CROWD RULES           42             24             27
HLN DR. DREW ON CALL         653            222            402
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       2,040            555            933
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360       2,053            916         1,173
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         815            265            362
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         134             57             72
HLN HLN AFTER DARK         626            231            368
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,511            519            777
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT       1,364            641            839
MSNBC ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES         478            196            248
CNBC MAD MONEY           49             20             24
HLN HLN AFTER DARK         407            129            217

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.

  • Chriscee

    ty Bev…and you do the same. And to the rest of our conservatives here….thanks for all you do.

  • SteveB

    As i watch “The Five’ today.. Bob Beckel can’t even defend the Obama Administration anymore………… he really looks defeated.

  • Chriscee

    We need to keep informing the low information voters….so they can make BETTER CHOICES..next election cycle…and get rid of the dead-weight liberals in the Senate and House.

  • lbsles

    “This unfairness — this mean-spiritedness, all of this extremism, all of this using the power of government against citizens — is liberalism. Liberalism is not benevolent. It is not compassionate. It is not fair. It is not justice.” -Rush

  • Chriscee

    Thanks Ibsles for posting Rush’s quotes daily. I try to listen to Rush first hour daily. Sometimes though I don’t get to.

    We all know liberals fear Rush and others like him…and when they feat him…he’s doing something right. Liberals hate when their LIES are exposed.

  • Hillbilly

    Posted May 21, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    BF-Hillybilly, is that all you got? You smacked….? Lol! No doubt! Mikey O conceded he was wrong by going mum on the subject. You can’t understand procedure. You can’t ever admit you are wrong. You are entitled you your own opinions but not your own facts. This is nothing new. BF hillybill Eric Errich or whatever….


    OK tough guy lets bet. Now don’t run & hide tough guy. Put up or shut up. Same as last time i offered the bet. You pick one person, i pick one & those 2 pick one. I’ll present my case, you present yours. The 3 people decide who wins the bet.

  • lbsles

    The Real War on Women Occurred at IRS

    RUSH: Let me start digging into this IRS Stack that I have here. UK Daily Mail: “When a Tennessee lawyer asked the IRS for tax-exempt status for a mentoring group that trained high school and college students about conservative political philosophy, the agency responded with a list of 95 questions in 31 parts, including an ultimatum for a list of everyone the group had trained, or planned to train.

    “‘Provide details regarding all training you have provided or will provide,’ the IRS demanded. ‘Indicate who has received or will receive the training and submit copies of the training material.’ That question was part of the tax collection agency’s February 14, 2012 letter to Kevin Kookogey. founder of the group Linchpins of Liberty. He had submitted his application 13 months earlier. ‘Can you imagine my responsibility to parents if I disclosed the names of their children to the IRS?’ he asked MailOnline. It’s ‘an impossible question to answer fully and truthfully,’ he said, ‘without disclosing the names of anyone I ever taught, or would ever teach, including students.'”

    RUSH: Folks, let’s talk about the War on Women for just a second, because the real War on Women was not involving Mitt Romney. The real War on Women had nothing to do with c0nservatives or c0ntraception or birth control or ab0rti0n or any of that. That was entirely manufactured. The real War on Women was occurring at the IRS. The real War on Women was the IRS and the Obama regime denying tax-exempt status to 527s and Tea Party groups. And I’m telling you, many of those were headed by women at the leadership level.

    Listen to Jennifer Stefano, War on Women, here’s the real War on Women. This is last night, Fox Business Network, the Willis Report. She spoke with Americans for Prosperity, Pennsylvania state director, Jennifer Stefano, about the IRS targeting conservative groups. And Willis said, “How were you targeted? Tell us your story.”

    STEFANO: This was before I joined Americans for Prosperity. I was just a stay-at-home mother. I was pregnant with another baby, and I wanted to do what was right. My Tea Party group was becoming really large and I couldn’t run the money and the donations through my bank account. I was advised the IRS would come after you for that. So I started calling other groups and I thought I would file and create an organization, and here they were all getting targeted by the IRS, and I got scared.

    RUSH: So Willis then said, “Well, what were they asking you?”

    STEFANO: These are all out there now, and I have actually documents showing it. You know, “Send us your Facebook pages, your Twitter pages,” and I said, “Does that include personal pages?” and they said, “Everything.” They wanted to know your personal relationships with politicians and political parties. And I asked, “What would happen if I don’t send this to you?” and they said, they made an insinuation like, “Look, it can be considered perjury if you omit things from the IRS.” I’m a pregnant stay-at-home mother on one income, I thought, “Oh, my goodness, I’m not doing anything.” I stopped.

  • SteveB


    OK tough guy lets bet. Now don’t run & hide tough guy. Put up or shut up. Same as last time i offered the bet. You pick one person, i pick one & those 2 pick one. I’ll present my case, you present yours. The 3 people decide who wins the bet.

    any doubt Jeff would pick ……. what is his other accounts name. i keep forgettting

  • Jeff

    Notice how Fox kept BillBo off the air yesterday, they couldn’t stand the thought of him losing to CNN.
    All Other networks kept their normal programming schedule,

    Even Piers Morgan kicked Hannity’s booty!

  • Hillbilly

    I’ll be back Wednesday to see PWAK Jeff weasel his way out of taking the bet.


  • lbsles

    The Drive-Bys Haven’t Turned on Obama — They’re Helping Him Cement the Limbaugh Theorem

    RUSH: Now, folks, I want to try to accomplish two things today, in addition to the latest details of the IRS scandal, the latest details on the AP, the telephone scandal and the Benghazi e-mail dump. Because I’m sensing an opportunity here, based on some questions I had to answer today from friends in the e-mail. And one of the threads from friends was about the press and whether or not they’ve turned on Obama. If you watch cable news, the conventional wisdom is that the media has now soured on Obama. Nina Easton on Fox said (paraphrasing), “Look, it’s not that the press is liberal, it’s that the press feels ignored by Obama. He’s gone over their head to reach the American people, and they kind of feel left out of everything, and they’re a little upset about that.”

    Another said: “Rush, it looks like the media’s really turned on Obama. They’re really mad. Do you think he can win ’em back?” Easily he can win them back. I don’t believe that they’ve turned on Obama. I think they’re desperately hoping that whatever’s wrong, he puts back together; and they’re gonna be there to assist every step of the way. The conventional wisdom is that media has turned on Obama, but I don’t believe it.

    Now, they may give Jay Carney a tough time, but they’re not really going to give Obama a tough time. I’ll tell you something else. The media is never gonna write things like, “You know, I guess Limbaugh was right all along.” Or, “I guess the conservatives were right all along about this.” They’re never gonna write that story. They’re never gonna cover it no matter what Obama does, no matter what problems he gets into. They’ll beat up on Jay Carney all day long, and they might beat up on Holder, and they might beat up on some of these IRS people, but they’re not going throw Barack Obama overboard. And, in that vein, I don’t think that anybody is gonna be able to convince the people that voted for Obama that they were wrong, and I think that’s the second thing I want to talk about on the program today because it dovetails with the Limbaugh Theorem.

    It is literally amazing how many mainstream reporters are describing Obama to the “T,” fitting my definition of the Limbaugh Theorem without even knowing what they’re doing. For example, Bob Schieffer (paraphrasing), “This isn’t the Nixon administration. This is more a case, is anybody home? Somebody’s gotta grab hold of this thing. Very, very disturbing what we’re seeing here.”

    “At times, Mr. Obama comes across as something of a bystander occupying the most powerful office in the world, buffeted by partisanship and forces beyond his control.”

  • Chriscee

    Carney: White House, Treasury strategized how to tell public

    Officials in the White House discussed how and when the Internal Revenue Service would tell the public that the agency had targeted political groups, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.

    Carney said that Mark Childress, the White House deputy chief of staff, twice spoke with officials at the Treasury Department about the strategy for revealing conservative targeting.

    Childress and the Treasury officials discussed the possibility that Lois Lerner, the IRS official who oversaw the agency’s tax-exempt organization, would reveal that an inspector general’s investigation had found misconduct in a speech. They also discussed the possibility that then-acting IRS director Steve Miller could receive questions about the IG investigation in congressional testimony.

    According to Carney, the officials discussed “what [Miller] would say” if asked about the issue.

    The press secretary went on to characterize the discussion “as just part of trying to find out when and under what circumstances this information would be released, made public, and what those findings would be.”

    But Carney insisted that the White House had no knowledge of the agency’s eventual plan — to plant a question at an ABA conference for Lerner earlier this month.

    “It’s a nice hypothetical, but that didn’t happen,” Carney said.

    Carney said that while multiple senior staff were made aware of the findings of the IG report, the decision by the IRS to plant the question and publicly apologize for the targeting came from outside the White House.

    He added that he, like President Obama, was unaware of the targeting before news coverage of Lerner’s revelation, and that he did not help formulate a press strategy ahead of the news.

    “I was not informed,” Carney said, adding that he rejected the “suggestion that I should have known, or that the president should have known earlier so that I could have said something, or done something.”

    “All of these questions suggest that somehow the president should have done something in the midst of an independent [investigation],” Carney added.

    Carney also said Tuesday he was “confident” that nobody in the White House was aware of the investigation before April 16, the first time the White House acknowledges officials were notified that an IG report was being prepared.

    “I am confident that this is when the first notification came, as part of a series of items that were being included in general heads up about pending matters to a member of the White House Counsel’s Office,” Carney said.
    Republicans on Capitol Hill again accused the White House of shifting their story on who knew about the IRS scandal.

    On Monday, Carney revealed for the first time that White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler was originally told that the IRS inspector general was finishing a report about “IRS employees improperly scrutinizing” Tea Party groups.

    Carney also revealed that Chief of Staff Denis McDonough were informed in April.

    “Why are we still learning new information about how the White House was involved in the IRS audit?” tweeted Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).


  • lbsles

    “Is the culture of corruption so pervasive at the IRS that so many people felt they could get away with these illegal activities? Do you realize how easy it must have been for these IRS employees to go to work each and every day? They never worried about what they were doing. They just lowered the hammer on all these conservative groups and they never once worried that anybody would rat ’em out.” – Rush

  • lbsles

    “Two big questions: Where was Obama during the heat of the moment of Benghazi attack, and where did this video excuse come from?” – Rush

  • lbsles

    “So when Obama says there’s no ‘there’ there, as far as the media’s concerned, he’s right. As far as the Limbaugh Theorem, he’s right. There’s no ‘there’ there, no matter what Obama does. No matter what he does, it will never be reported he did it. In fact, what will be reported is — in this case — Obama’s trying to fix it!” -Rush

  • Chriscee

    Texas Legislature Passes ‘Merry Christmas Bill’

    The Texas Legislature has gone on the offensive in the so-called “War on Christmas,” passing a bill making it legal for teachers to say, “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Hanukkah” during the December holidays.

    Gov. Rick Perry plans to sign the bill into law.

    “This bill is about the freedom of religion, not freedom from religion, and Gov. Perry supports it,” his spokesman Josh Havens told The Huffington Post.

    Special: Biblical Prophecies Revealed: The Second Coming of Jesus.

    State Rep. Dwayne Bohac, a Republican, sponsored the legislation. He said he got the idea after his 6-year-old son told him his class had decorated the holiday tree with holiday decorations at school.

    “I was a little bit flabbergasted and a little bit upset that we’ve become so politically correct that we can’t call a federal holiday by its name,” Bohac told KTBC-TV in Austin.

    Republican state Sen. Robert Nichols introduced the companion bill in the Senate. He said he is afraid it’s “becoming less culturally acceptable to openly celebrate these holidays in the ways past generations have.”

    The “Merry Christmas Bill” allows for the display of Christmas trees, nativity scenes, and menorahs. Any displays during the holiday season must represent more than one religion or include secular symbols.


  • lbsles

    “Do you realize how absurd those people are, that five minutes after this disaster in Oklahoma they’re trying to politicize it? Well, there’s a problem: There isn’t any global warming, and tornado activity has been on the decline.” -Rush

  • lbsles

    “Apple Inc. pays more taxes than any US corporation, $16 million a day. GE ought to be up there explaining how they don’t pay any tax on their multiple billions in earnings.” -Rush

  • Chriscee

    President Obama — The CEO Who Knows Nothing

    Remember Kevin Costner’s movie, “No Way Out”? President Obama could star in the remake. Either he knew about the IRS scandal and he should be impeached…or he knew nothing about it, and he should resign for incompetence.

    Take your pick.

    The reason I believe he is lying is because I’ve never heard of a CEO who knows nothing going on under his own command.

    Certainly Obama has always given the impression he knows everything going on. When it came to his big success — the killing of Usama bin Laden- the Obama White House was quick to take full credit. We heard the narrative that Obama was involved in all the planning. He knew every minute detail. Obama was the hands-on CEO. It was Obama’s “kill.”

    It was like a UFC Championship bout to the death: Osama versus Obama. That’s certainly what the public relations spinners at the Obama White House wanted us to believe.

    But suddenly, when it comes to the IRS scandal, the president has morphed from Chuck Norris to Sgt. Shultz of “Hogan’s Heroes.” He knew…NOTHING. He heard…NOTHING. He saw…NOTHING. Suddenly it’s a VERY big government and no one man can know what’s going on under his command. Suddenly he is the ultimate hands-off CEO. Suddenly he was too busy on the golf course.

    Even when the Obama White House was briefed on the IRS scandal during election season, senior aides told Obama nothing. Why on earth would they bother to mention to the CEO that a massive scandal is under investigation, one that involves his own employees who are acting like gangsters to destroy his critics and opponents? No one would bother inform a CEO about a little thing like that, right?

    Read more of this article at Fox News

  • lbsles

    “The IRS scandal is what happens when liberals have control of government. It gets big, out of control, and they use every aspect of government they can for political purposes.” -Rush

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