Cable News Ratings for Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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May 22nd, 2013

Note: from 9-10PM a repeat of The Willis Report on FBN beat the second episode of CNBC's Crowd Rules, marking the first ever non-special primetime win for FBN over CNBC.

Live + Same Day Cable News Daily Ratings for Tuesday, May 21, 2013

P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
Total Day
FNC       1,472            286            581
CNN         730            293            375
MSNBC         345            109            160
CNBC         130             31             60
FBN           62               6             25
HLN         905            273            461
Primetime P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC       2,390            391            872
CNN         890            377            513
MSNBC         461            143            208
CNBC           90             25             38
FBN           76             10             31
HLN         965            311            546
Net Morning programs (6-9 AM) P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FOX & Friends       1,377            328            616
CNN Early Start/Starting Point         629            302            371
MSNBC Morning Joe         427            140            221
CNBC Squawk Box         114             29             64
HLN Morning Express w/ Meade         309            151            228
Net 5PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC FIVE, THE       2,229            355            814
CNN SITUATION ROOM         975            357            455
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         494             87            171
CNBC FAST MONEY         148             10             51
HLN EVENING EXPRESS       1,998            485            924
Net 6PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER       2,163            351            772
CNN SITUATION ROOM         773            346            395
MSNBC POLITICS NATION         400            103            162
CNBC MAD MONEY         107             27             31
HLN EVENING EXPRESS       1,880            491            842
Net 7PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE FOX REPORT W/S.SMITH       1,924            340            726
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         777            314            405
MSNBC HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS         385            112            159
CNBC KUDLOW REPORT           90             29             48
HLN JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL       1,542            417            717
Net 8PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       3,211            476         1,081
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         902            362            522
MSNBC ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES         377            113            165
CNBC CROWD RULES           15               6             10
HLN NANCY GRACE       1,167            377            631
Net 9PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC HANNITY       2,389            436            879
CNN PIERS MORGAN LIVE         864            369            513
MSNBC RACHEL MADDOW SHOW         590            182            262
CNBC CROWD RULES           43             12             14
HLN DR. DREW ON CALL         958            289            564
Net 10PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC ON THE RECORD W/GRETA       1,548            260            646
CNN ANDERSON COOPER 360         903            400            502
MSNBC LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL         414            135            198
CNBC AMERICAN GREED         211             58             91
HLN HLN AFTER DARK         771            267            444
Net 11PM P2+ (000s) 25-54 (000s) 35-64 (000s)
FNC THE OREILLY FACTOR       1,487            301            744
CNN ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT         504            223            315
MSNBC ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES         256             72            110
CNBC MAD MONEY           89             20             27
HLN HLN AFTER DARK         675            240            380


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.

  • SteveB

    LOL you guys. i tried to keep it a secret. first with my Clue about the Lynard Skynard song. Tuesdays gone.. On Mondays Ratings..

  • Stan T

    Ralph Hahn

    Posted May 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Whoa. MSNBC PLUNGED yesterday. More people than some think are interested in all of these Obama scandals. MSNBC provides NONE except blaming conservatives and FNC for the news. People abandoning MSNBC by thousands every single day.

    Fox News handily kicked CNN a$s yesterday, too.

    For CNN and especially MSNBC, this has GOT to HURT like having a vasectomy without anesthesia. OUCH!!!
    I’d say more like being castrated in Dr Gosnell’s medical clinic…

  • Ratboy


    Actual Huffington Post Headline: ‘OH NO: Fox News Is RIGHT!’

    The perilously liberal Huffington Post just can’t stand the idea that it could possibly agree with Fox News.

    On Wednesday, the Post published the following headline at its front page: “OH NO: Fox News Is RIGHT!”

  • Mike

    As part of the growing patter, O’Reilly”s 11 PM demo rating is higher than Hayes” combined demo ratings. Maddox”s ratings continue to drop which shouldn’t be surprising given her smug, “I am smarter than thou” demeanor. Matthews is and always be a bombastic joke. But, you can tell that Tingles “has lost that feeling” for BO. Unfortunately, he is 6 years too late.

  • dana

    By Tueday the MSNBS watchers were bored with OKlahoma and wanted to get back to politics but Msnbs were hiding behind the tornedo to avoid the many scandals that 62% of the public believe that there was something dastardly behind them….so their numbers are tanking….

  • Sicilian Papa

    Look at the totals for MSNBC. They have lost nearly 60% of their audience since January.

    They are not a dying network they are dead!

  • G Mann

    A rare find.
    I actually met someone who watches MS-LSD.
    There are so few of them.

  • Ratboy

    And the hole gets deeper and deeper and deeper

    U.S. Admits for First Time Drones Killed 4 Americans

    WASHINGTON — One day before President Obama is due to deliver a major speech on national security, his administration on Wednesday formally acknowledged that the United States had killed four American citizens in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan.

    In a letter to Congressional leaders obtained by The New York Times, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. disclosed that the administration had deliberately killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Muslim cleric who was killed in a drone strike in September 2011 in Yemen.

    The American responsibility for Mr. Awlaki’s death has been widely reported, but the administration had until now refused to confirm or deny it.

    The letter also said that the United States had killed three other Americans: Samir Khan, who was killed in the same strike; Mr. Awlaki’s son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was also killed in Yemen; and Jude Mohammed, who was killed in a strike in Pakistan.

    “These individuals were not specifically targeted by the United States,” Mr. Holder wrote.

    While rumors of Mr. Mohammed’s death had appeared in local news reports in Raleigh, N.C., where he lived, his death had not been confirmed by the United States government until Wednesday.

    According to former acquaintances of Mr. Mohammed in North Carolina, he appears to have been killed in a November 2011 drone strike in South Waziristan, in Pakistan’s tribal area. Mr. Mohammed’s wife, whom he had met and married in Pakistan, subsequently called his mother in North Carolina to tell her of his death, the friends say.

    Mr. Holder, in a speech at Northwestern University Law School last year, laid out the administration’s basic legal thinking that American citizens who are deemed to be operational terrorists, who pose an “imminent threat of violent attack” and whose capture is infeasible may be targeted. That abstract legal thinking — including an elastic definition of what counts as “imminent” — was further laid out in an unclassified white paper provided to Congress last year, which was leaked earlier this year.

    But Mr. Holder’s letter went further in discussing the death of Mr. Awlaki in particular, an operation the administration had previously refused to publicly acknowledge. He said it was not Mr. Awlaki’s words urging violent attacks against Americans that led the United States to target him, but direct actions in planning attacks.

    Mr. Holder alleged that Mr. Awlaki not only “planned” the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner on Dec. 25, 2009, a claim that has been widely discussed in court documents and elsewhere, but also “played a key role” in an October 2010 plot to bomb cargo planes bound for the United States, including taking “part in the development and testing” of the bombs.

    “Moreover, information that remains classified to protect sensitive sources and methods evidences Awlaki’s involvement in the planning of numerous other plots against U.S. and Western interests and makes clear he was continuing to plot attacks when he was killed,” Mr. Holder wrote.

    He added, “The decision to target Anwar al-Awlaki was lawful, it was considered, and it was just.”

    Mr. Obama announced the death of Mr. Awlaki on Sept. 30, 2011, and credited United States intelligence agencies, but he did not explicitly acknowledge that Mr. Awlaki had been killed by an American strike.

  • BevAG

    @ Rat

    You’re funny!!!! :) I agree with you about “nothing putting liberal and rats in the same sentence EVER again.” lol

  • SteveB

    So.how do you think our Resident lefty liberals will spin this one……

  • old Mike

    Fox News was the leader in covering the Oklahoma tornado beating the Weather Chanel.

    Bob Bechtel, Democrat on The 5 said Lois Lehner erred in making an opening statement and then evoking the 5th amendment. This might crack open the stonewalling.

  • BevAG


    DUH!!! I just got what you’re were saying. ::::cracking myself up:::::: You have “Rat” in your name. I’m so sorry I insulted you. I did not mean to. :)

  • Sicilian Papa

    As people are starting to see O. as a political hack his network will sink even further until they are drawing 50,000 key demo, 250,000 total. Phil Donahue days numbers. Summer will only make it worse.

  • BevAG

    @ Steve

    LOL you guys. i tried to keep it a secret. first with my Clue about the Lynard Skynard song. Tuesdays gone.. On Mondays Ratings..


    I didn’t even get it. I’m having a real DUH brain day!!! lol

  • SteveB

    Andrea Tantaros looks Amazing today…………..

  • Jeff

    >BF Hillybilly, did I hurt your feelings? You’ll get over it!!
    >dreamer, hope you day is going well!!! rats bizarre text, about Michelle Obama were not quite racist, if comedians of all ethnicity, and many folks that support this president can imitate her, pretty much the same way he did, then its perfectly fine for everyone else to do the same. Wanda Sykes said awhole lot funnier nastier things…. like “oh yeah give me that stimulus package” then what Rat said was totally acceptable….maybe not at a NAACP convention. If minorities can make fun of Hillary as they did…well then… Just because rat is a right wing kook, doesn’t mean that this message was racist. It was bizarre coming from him, but totally fair. Racist is a term that certainly applies to many (not all) of the GOP, and many(not all) of their agendas as of late. But the term must be used when it only applies.

    Doug Z. said I was racist, Monday for pointing out the tepublican Lt. Gov candidate of Virginia was going to help the Democrats possibly win the Gov race in the State for his outrageous crazy statements.

    Far be it for me to speak out for the Rat, but this term is used too loosely. What do you think dreamer given its fine for some but not others?

  • SteveB

    I feel sorry for our Resident lefties today. So i have decided not to post the number of Democrats Watching MSDNC as compared to the number of Democrats that are watching Fox News…..

    It wouldn’t be fair to point out that only 1 of the 3 that come here Frequently are actually Watching MSDNC

  • BevAG

    Looks like the liberal media is learning the fable of the turtle who agreed to carry the scorpion across the river…

  • usa8888

    How soon the right wing kooks forget Obama’s accomplishments–that’s why a mjority of Americans favor him and his policies…
    1. Passed Health Care Reform. Provides free well-care checks ups. Keeps kids on parents’ policies until 26 years old. Stops insurance from dropping people for no legitimate reason. Eliminates pre-existing conditions from causing exclusion from policies. The GOP 100% increases every 10 years will stop so people can afford health insurance…

    2. Passed the Stimulus, saving the country’s economic system
    3. Passed Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act over the objections of right wing kooks
    4. Ended the War in Iraq
    5. Began Draw-down of Afghanistan Troops
    6. Got rid of Osama bin Laden and other top terrorists
    7. Turned Around U.S. Auto Industry and saved millions of jobs
    8. Passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009 for Women
    9. Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
    10. Passed Credit Card Reforms
    11. Expanded Health Coverage for Children by signing the 2009 Children’s Health Insurance Authorization Act.
    12. Expanded Hate Crimes Protections by signing The Matthew Shepard/Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2009.
    13. Expanded Stem Cell Research in 2009 by eliminating the Bush-era restrictions.
    14. Passed Fair Sentencing Act in 2010.
    15. Nominated and obtained confirmation for 2 more Women to the U.S. Supreme Court.
    16. Achieved New START Treaty
    17. Reversed Bush Torture Policies
    18. Increased Support for Veterans
    19. Kicked Banks Out of Federal Student Loan Program.
    20. Recapitalized Banks
    21. 33 consecutive months of employment growth after huge employment downturns at end of Bush’s term
    22. US Stock Market at all time highs
    23. Minimal inflation rates
    24. Corporate profits at all time highs
    25. Blunted right wing GOP kooks’ obstruction strategies
    26. Stopped right wing GOP’s effort to end Medicare and Social Security
    27. Helped reverse the backward thinking of the right wing GOP

  • Todd

    LOD ass wooped by HLN after dark….omfg how low can this libtard go

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