Friday, April 12, 2024

Rachel Maddow Has Beaten Sean Hannity For the Last Two Weeks– Including Last Friday, When Joy Reid Filled in For Her


UPDATE: Rachel Maddow is steamrolling Sean Hannity.

On cable news, Maddow’s 9pm MSNBC show has now beaten Hannity’s Fox News show at the time for the last two weeks.

Maddow even beat Hannity last Friday when Joy Reid substituted for her as anchor.

Maddow and her show partner, Lawrence O’Donnell, have found a winning way to deal with Fox News: reports facts and the truth. Make the shows timely. Talk to the audience as if they’re educated.

Hannity is still covering Hillary Clinton’s emails. He’s just completely ignoring anything contemporary.

Let’s see how this week goes. My guess is it’s another win for Maddow, et al.

Ratings aren’t Fox News’s only problems. Advertisers have decamped from most of their shows. It’s unclear who’s paying the bills now that Fox News can’t be cross-collateralized with “The Simpsons.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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