Friday, May 24, 2024

Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell Keep Kicking Fox News Around as MSNBC Leads Impeachment Ratings


The Impeachment trial is doing great things for MSNBC.

Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell are still still trouncing Fox News’ Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham at night. Handily.

Last night, Maddow had 4.453 million viewers vs. a lowly 2,782,000 for Hannity at 9pm. In the hour following, O’Donnell continued the lead with 3,185,000 vs Laura Ingraham’s 2,321,000.

This is so great but completely the inverse of what it was a year ago. Or even six months ago. With Trump out of the White House, and his real crimes exposed, Fox News is drifting away.

The numbers were similar for Monday and Tuesday, and all of last week as well.

Figures for daytime show MSNBC leading the Impeachment coverage ahead of CNN and all other networks. Fox doesn’t cover the trial very well, and often cuts away to talk about butterflies and dog food and whether Jon Scott is a real person.

Meantime, Suzanne Scott re-signed as head of news, scotching the rumors that David Rhodes would take over. The signal is that Fox News will double down on fantasy and keep losing viewers until Rupert Murdoch can be neutralized by his sons.

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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