Thursday, February 29, 2024

Ratings: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Handily Beats Fox News’s Sean Hannity in Head to Head Monday Night Battle


And the winner at 9pm is? Drum roll please…

Rachel Maddow.

On Monday night, Maddow ate Sean Hannity’s lunch ratings wise. The MSNBC star rated 2.33 million viewers.

Hannity? Just 1.7 million.

That’s a difference of 600,000 viewers.

Maddow has beaten Hannity in the past, but that was in the throes of the 2020 election when Trump was completely out of control, his lies were pouring in, and Biden was clearly going to win.

This time, it’s different. Hannity’s on the hot seat because of the $787 million Fox News loss to Dominion Voting, as well as rafts of conspiracy theories he’s perpetuated. Hannity also ignores the the daily news subjects, veering off into bewildering fictions.

The other issue is that Hannity has lost his lead in ratings grabber, the other conspiracist, Tucker Carlson. Tucker’s hour has collapsed since he left, reducing Hannity to rubble, so the lead in is wounded. When Hannity hits at 9pm, he’s not cresting in on Tucker’s old numbers.

Fox News is said to be moving Hannity into the 8pm slot now hosted by miscellaneous Fox employees. Will that work for him? He’s in the twilight of his career at this point, so maybe he’ll accept the “family hour” on TV for a year or so until he can gracefully go fishing.

Meantime, CNN has no ratings to speak of since the Trump Town Hall. On Monday while this race was going on, CNN had just 395K viewers at 9pm. The farm report would be a better choice.

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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