Home Celebrity MSNBC Stars Maddow and O’Donnell Beating Fox News in Demos

Fox News is still the leading cable news network in the ratings. But something’s happening, a very decided shift to MSNBC among the key demographic of 25 to 54.year old viewers. On Monday night, both MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell beat their Fox competitors–Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren– in those categories.  It’s not the first time that’s happened and it doesn’t seem to be the last.

On Monday, Maddow beat Hannity 476,000 to 381,000 at 9pm in that key age group. Then O’Donnell capitalized on it, and beat van Susteren at 10pm 393,000 to 360,000.

And yes, while CNN’s numbers are not good, the numbers that are unbelievably low are Fox Business News. No one is watching that network. There are fewer people watching Fox Business News than there are walking by the studio on the sidewalk. I know there are smart, likeable people on there, but realistically–what’s the point?

Meantime, in other ratings news, “General Hospital” is up, up, up on ABC since moving to 2pm and losing the godawful “Revolution” as its lead in. Cheers to the soap, which hits its 50th anniversary in April. It deserves a real renewal of two years for surviving against the odds. If ABC were smart, they’d bring back “One Life to Live,” which has sort of been merged with “GH” to satisfy angry fans. And the other component ABC is missing in the afternoons is Susan Lucci.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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