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.

  • Sam

    @ Stan T,

    “Most liberals can’t tell you where major cities in THE UNITED STATES are…are you making a point? I’ve seen liberals who can’t identify Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid or Joe Biden…”

    Yet the republicans who have no idea what Benghazi is nor the details of the attack, are raising this non-issue as a “scandal”. Likewise they’re raising the non-issue of the IRS as a “scandal” against Obama while the head of the IRS at the time was a Bush appointee. As Stephen Colbert pointed out in his show, you don’t need IRS permission to file as a tax exempt so the real scandal is the fact that we are granting political organizations that engage in “political campaigning” tax exempt status.

    This is just to show that the righties have failed miserably in their policy discussions and now they are desperate for attention and that’s why they are raising these non-issues as “scandals” to stay relevant.

  • Sicilian Papa

    Shulman went to the White House 118 times in 2010-2011.

    How many times did you meet with O.?

    What officials did you meet with?

    What were the nature of the conversations?

    Were there any notes taken?

    Did anyone at the White House discuss the targeting with you?

  • SteveB

    See.. He was a Democrat that was a Bush Appointee. It says alot about trust that we as Republicans like to give everyone a Chance. But what happens is they then Use that Trust to SCREW the american People over. They use their Postion of Power to Target the people they work for. He Donated Money to the Obama Campaign .
    Democrats are Corrupt and this is now what the American people are finding out about the Obama Administration and his friends………

  • Sicilian Papa



    What was O. doing on the evening of Sept. 11, 2013?

    What actions did he take?

    Did he meet with Susan Rice to discuss her appearances on the Sunday Shows Sept. 16th? 5 days after the attack when everyone knew it was terrorism and not a video.

    O. can clear this up tomorrow just answer a few questions and the right will be destroyed!

  • HRJ

    Can’t we all just get along?

    CNN alway6s does well when there is breaking news. In a few days, thing will return to normal and MSNBC will move up to the number two spot again.


    Please bring back the ED Show.

  • Sicilian Papa

    We, on the right, can be totally destroyed by the O. Ad. All he has to do is answer a few questions.

    Mark 2, USA, Jeff, Sam and all others on the left can have a good hardy laugh when O. goes out and answers these questions. He can do it on 60 minutes with chief propagandist Steve Croft.

    If these are all fake scandals it should be easy to knock them down with the truth.

    Go ahead make our day O.,

    Do you feel lucky punk….well do ya….punk.

  • old Mike


    Posted May 22, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Never got an answer from Chriscee as to whehter she believes in the easter Bunny and Adam & Eve…..she can’t answer questions about the economy, either..
    Du bist ein duumbkup buu. That’s what I heard with a smile in my 3 generation family home from one of the seniors when I misspelled a word, such as whehter – whether. The elders understood but I didn’t and I heard it so often for other things, such as tripping, stumbling, that I remembered it and when I was in High School finally found out what it meant in Pennsylvania Dutch.

  • Jeff

    I love you too lbsles, that’s what we libs have Media Matters for. They keep the right wing lies tallied up!

    >Ralphy, check after the election 2012 Fox ratings tanked!!

  • Sicilian Papa



    Please share what you have been smoking! MSNBC is in big trouble.

  • d.d.

    Just so all know , I have been both a Tea Party member since 2009 & a trained ‘True the Vote’ worker both in elections , & in data compilation in the Wisconsin recall elections….. in other words , I’ve gone from being a Democrat to a conservative libertarian on most things.

    I DO NOT believe in targeting, & that goes for Muslims, as well.

    Lois Lerner Sued Christian Coalition In Largest FEC Action in History

    Under the direction of Lois Lerner, the Federal Election Commission sued the Christian Coalition in the 1990s. She harassed the Christian Coalition for three election cycles. She lost her case. Lerner even asked one conservative during the case if Pat Robertson prayed over him.

    Does she bear culpability in the IRS scandal? I think so, but, lets let the facts play out.

  • Bobbyv


    I’ll ask the question I asked a few days ago but did not get an answer: Would you have had a problem under GWB if hundreds of LGTB organizations received more scrutiny than conservative groups? If you have no problem with that then I understand your argument.

  • Snap Tie

    Will it be HARD for him to get voters to RISE UP and GRAB HOLD of that voting LEVER and give it a good YANK! We all know he will face STIFF competition, but he’s always willing to take problems by the HEAD and give it ALL HE’S GOT! Vote Anthony Weiner,New York City Mayor, cause the BALLS are in his court!!

  • Bobbyv


  • Sicilian Papa

    Lerner is a religious bigot. She hates Christians!

    See I am a right wing Christian conservative.

    Last night I defended PETA and the NAACP.

    I would defend any left wing group against the long arm of the government. I want to defeat the left and get right wing politicians in office. If a conservative President attacked liberals immorally or illegally I would turn on him.

  • Danny K

    MSNBC A test pattern will get better ratings

  • Sam

    @ Sicilian,

    “What was O. doing on the evening of Sept. 11, 2013?

    What actions did he take?”

    Let me break some news to you… No one died in the discussions AFTER the attack.

    It’s funny that the righties didn’t hold the republicans in congress responsible for cutting funding on safety for US embassies and consulates in the first place.

    Non of righties raised the same level of rage after the 9/11 attack and the dozen other attacks on our embassies around the world during Bush.

  • TZCA

    lol BevAG,

    I know about Powers and her Weiner. Several jokes about this have already been tossed my way. On a serious note, I mentioned one day a few months ago how I would never date a liberal woman, unless she was Kirsten Powers. Shortly thereafter, I read about her smear in da Weiner creamer. Now, in this world of misinformation which is beyond my ability to control, she’s my imaginary girlfriend :oops:

  • SteveB

    Nice Try there Sam…

    But we havent had a Budget in 5 Years. The Republicans didnt cut anything as a matter of fact. the amount of money that the US govt has spent has gone up every year.
    And at a Hearing. an Obama appointee Testifed this.
    Obama is suggesting that security was not there because of budget concerns. Charlene Lamb testified before that funding was not an issue. Was it caused by budget cuts and Charlene Lamb testified “no”.
    People that dont know the FACTS shouldn’t State things that are not the truth..

  • d.d.

    Dumping on day. Let’s blame them all.

    GAO: Government not cutting waste

    Congress and the Obama administration have scrapped just a fraction of the duplicative programs targeted for cuts by Government Accountability Office (GAO), the agency’s chief told lawmakers Wednesday.

    Comptroller General Gene L. Dodaro said just 12 percent of more than 300 recommendations issued by GAO since 2011 to eliminate, combine or modify duplicative programs have been fully carried out.

    Dodaro also urged aggressive implementation of the 2010 Government Performance and Results Act, which requires agencies to set goals and priorities for programs, conduct data-driven reviews and monitor success.

    Why hasn’t this been done ? It’s the core of good business practice. I guess I answered my own question.

  • Sam

    @ Bobbyv,

    “I’ll ask the question I asked a few days ago but did not get an answer: Would you have had a problem under GWB if hundreds of LGTB organizations received more scrutiny than conservative groups? If you have no problem with that then I understand your argument.”

    The LGBT organizations are not the ones running around shouting “taxed to death”. The IRS is a business my friend and they’re missing billions of tax dollars in revenues since Obama been elected. They have the right to investigate missing tax payments and if tax exempt organizations are abusing their status.

    The REAL scandal is that Tea Party groups which engage in political funding and campaigning are filing as tax exempt. No such organization right or left should be granted tax exempt status.

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