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The Top Cable News Programs in Q1 2013 Were…

As usual, Fox News Channel’s programming topped the competition in the first quarter of 2013. The network notched the top 13 programs among total viewers and the top six in the A25-54 demographic.

“The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one show on Fox News and cable news overall, averaging  2.88 million total viewers and 428,000 demo viewers for the quarter.

“The Rachel Maddow” show was number one on MSNBC in both total viewers and the demo, averaging 928,000 and 263,000 viewers, respectively. The program placed 14th in total viewers and seventh in the demo for the quarter.

HLN’s top show for the quarter was “Nancy Grace,” which cracked the top ten programs among younger viewers. Grace’s program placed 16th in total viewers and ninth in the demo, averaging 778,000 and 252,000 viewers, respectively.

CNN’s top show in total viewers was “Anderson Cooper 360,” which placed 28th and averaged 533,000 viewers. “AC360″ also led the network among younger viewers, placing 29th and averaging 155,000 in the A25-54 demographic.

CNBC’s top program in total viewers was “Squawk On The Street,” which averaged 274,000 viewers. “American Greed” was the network’s top show in the demo with 99,000. “Lou Dobbs Tonight” was FBN’s top-rated show in both total viewers and the demo, averaging 105,000 and 25,000 viewers, respectively.

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The Evening Ticker: Kent, Dobbs, Beast

  • Fox Business Network has hired Jo Ling Kent as a business reporter, based in New York. Kent joins FBN from NBC O&O WVIT in Hartford, CT. Kent previously worked for ABC News, CNN and as an embed for NBC News during the 2012 election.

The Most Watched Cable News Shows In February Were…

February 2013 was a mixed bag for cable news. While there was lots of news happening, with the exception of the State of the Union and coverage of the Carnival Triumph, not much really broke out among viewers. Fox News, the cable news leader, led the competition with the top 13 programs in total viewers, and the top six in the adults 25-54 demo.

The top FNC program in both categories was, as usual, “The O’Reilly Factor,” which averaged 2.23 million viewers 443,000 viewers, respectively. Somewhat surprisingly, “The Five,” which does not air in primetime, was the number two program in both categories.

MSNBC’s top show in total and demo viewers was “Rachel Maddow,” which averaged 999,000 and 269,000 viewers, respectively, placing 14th in total viewers and seventh in the demo. CNN’s top show in both categories was the 8 PM airing of “AC360,” which averaged 790,000 and 235,000 viewers, respectively, placing 17th in total viewers and 11th in the demo.

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The Top Cable News Programs In January Were…


Putting aside special event programming like coverage of the President’s inauguration, January was a typical month for cable news.

The top program in all of cable news in both total viewers and the key adults 25-54 demo was Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor.” The show averaged 2.86 million total viewers, including 453,000 demo viewers in January. FNC had the top nine programs in total viewers, and the top three in the demo for the month. “The Five” managed to become the number two show on the network in both categories, even topping “Hannity” and “On the Record” in primetime.

The top cable news program not on FNC was MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” which placed 10th overall in total viewers, and 4th in the demo. “Maddow” averaged 1.09 million total viewers, including 308,000 demo viewers.

CNN’s number one show in total viewers was “The Situation Room,” which averaged 672,000 viewers, good for 20th overall. The top program in the demo was the 10PM repeat of “AC360,” which averaged 207,000 demo viewers, good for 17th overall. HLN’s number one program in both total and demo viewers was “Nancy Grace,” which averaged 396,000 and 142,000 viewers, respectively.

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The Top Cable News Programs Of 2012 Were…

With the final 2012 ratings now in, we can take a look back at what the most-watched cable news programs were in 2012. Note that this does not include special programming like elections or debates, just regularly scheduled shows.

The number one show on cable news in both total viewers and the key demo of adults 25-54 was “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News. The program averaged 2.96 million total viewers in 2012, including 572,000 A25-54. All told, FNC had the top 11 programs in total viewers, and the top seven in the demo, with “Hannity,” “Special Report,” “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” and “The Five” rounding out the top five.

The top program on MSNBC in both categories was 9 PM’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” which averaged 1.16 million total viewers, including 337,000 demo viewers. Maddow placed eigth overall in the demo, and 12th in total viewers, making it the most-watched cable news show not on FNC.

CNN’s top program in total viewers was “Piers Morgan Tonight,” which averaged 584,000 viewers, placing it 21st overall. In the demo, the 10 PM airing of “AC360″ was tops, averaging 198,000 viewers, good for 20th overall.
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2012 Business News Ratings: CNBC Declines, FBN Grows

CNBC, which in April will celebrate 24 years on the air, is not having a stellar 2012 in the ratings department. And while it still doubles or even more than triples the viewership of its only rated competitor Fox Business (Bloomberg is not publicly rated), CNBC is declining while FBN is showing growth. The 2012 ratings year ends Dec. 30, but here’s how the networks are stacking up as we go into the holidays.

12/26/11 – 12/17/12:

  • CNBC Total Day Average: 171,000 Total Viewers / 51,000 A25-54
  • FBN Total Day Average: 63,000 Total Viewers / 14,000 A25-54

CNBC is down -14% in viewers and down -15% in the demo vs. 2011, while FBN is up +2% and up +17%. CNBC is delivering its lowest rated year since 2005 with some shows down as much as -30% vs. last year. Marquee shows “Squawk Box” and “Squawk on the Street” are at 2006 levels. “Closing Bell” is having its lowest rated year ever. The only programw to see growth at CNBC — and only in the demo — is the 10pm hour of documentaries.

The highlights at Fox include “Lou Dobbs Tonight” which put up its best numbers yet (137,000 total viewers / 38,000 demo) topping CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report” in both the third and fourth quarter in younger viewers. Dobbs joined FBN in early 2011.

FBN’s “Varney & Co.” is also having its best year ever averaging 99,000 total viewers and 20,000 in the demo.

In October, Fox Business marked 5 years on the air.

Les Moonves: ‘I learned a long time ago not to give Jeff Zucker advice’

TVNewser was at this morning’s Viewpoints breakfast sponsored by the Wall Street Journal and headlined by CBS CEO Les Moonves. Moonves was asked if he had any advice for CNN’s new president — his former rival — former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker.

“I learned a long time ago not to give Jeff Zucker advice,” Moonves quipped. “I think Jeff Zucker is a very good choice. He is a showman. He made the “Today” show great. They not only need some help with their programming, but also their promotion, and he will do a very good job with that.

They need someone to help stave off Roger Ailes when he takes shots at CNN, which [Zucker] will do very well,” Moonves added.

As for CNN, Moonves acknowledged that CBS and the cable news channel had talked about pooling resources, but that the talks didn’t go anywhere.

“Is it a good thing to have a cable news network? Absolutely. Do I wish we had one? Probably,” Moonves said. “That said I am really proud of what our guys are doing.”

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The Top Cable News Programs In November 2012 Were…

November was a strong month for cable news, bolstered by the election early on. Fox News, as usual, held the top spot in both the total viewer and adults 25-54 metrics, and secured the top eight programs in total viewers and the top two slots in the demo. Note: this ranker does not include election night coverage, just regularly scheduled programming. I am including the election night program rankings after the jump.

No surprise here: “The O’Reilly Factor” was the top program on Fox News in both total and demo viewers, averaging 3.52 million and 690,000 viewers, respectively.

MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” had a very strong month, topping MSNBC programming and placing ninth overall in total viewers and third overall in the demo. Maddow averaged 1.69 million total viewers and 552,000 adults 25-54.

In total viewers, CNN’s top program was “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” while the 8 PM airing of “AC360″ led the way in the demo. Blitzer’s program placed 20th overall and averaged 917,000 viewers, while “AC360″ placed 19th, averaging 312,000 demo viewers.

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2012 Election Ratings: A Split Decision At The Business Networks


In addition to the broadcasters and “big three” cable news channels, the cable business networks provided election coverage of their own on Tuesday night. Not surprisingly, the ratings were much, much smaller than the other networks, and much closer too.

From 7 PM to 1 AM, CNBC averaged 322,000 total viewers, while Fox Business Network averaged 284,000 viewers. In the adults 25-54 demo, FBN was on top with 138,000 viewers to CNBC’s 136,000. Note: both networks went past 1 AM, which included President Obama’s acceptance speech, however that hour was listed as paid programming on FBN, so those numbers were not immediately available. Bloomberg TV isn’t rated by Nielsen, and thus is not included.

Compared to election night 2008, CNBC was down -27% in total viewers and -13% in the demo, echoing the performance of most of the other news channels on election night. FBN was up substantially from 2008, but at that time it was not yet a full-service client of Nielsen, and was only a year old.

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The Top Cable News Programs In October 2012 Were…

October 2012 was a big one for cable news, thanks in large part to the Presidential debates, and the final leg of the campaign. The debates help boost programs, generating a “halo effect” that had an impact on the top cable news programs. Fox News Channel led the way as usual, scoring the top nine programs in total viewers, and the top three in the demo. MSNBC’s strong performance help propel a few of its programs toward the top of the ranker for the month.

“The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one program on Fox News and cable news overall in total viewers. In the demo however, it was “Hannity” that claimed the top spot, with “O’Reilly placing third behind “On the Record.” “O’Reilly” averaged 3.92 million total viewers, while “Hannity” drew 856,000 demo viewers for the month.

On MSNBC, “The Rachel Maddow Show” led the way in both total and demo viewers in October. Maddow placed 10th overall in total viewers, and fourth overall in the demo, behind “Hannity,” “On the Record” and “O’Reilly.” Maddow drew 1.57 million total viewers, and 538,000 demo viewers.

The most watched program on CNN was “Piers Morgan Tonight,” which placed 22nd overall in total viewers with 575,000/ The most watched CNN program in the demo was the 8 PM edition of “AC360,” which edged out “PMT” with 177,000 viewers A25-54.

The most watched program on Fox Business network by far was “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” which averaged 172,000 total viewers and 53,000 demo viewers. Dobbs topped CNBC’s “Kudlow Report” in both total viewers and the demo for the first time in October. CNBC’s most-watched program was “Squawk on the Street,” which averaged 240,000 total viewers and 66,000 demo viewers.

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