Saturday, June 15, 2024

Fox News’s Rachel Maddow Problem: She Trounces Sean Hannity at 9PM Once Again, They Can’t Stop Her


Last week, Fox News announced they were moving around their prime time schedule. Laura Ingraham is going from 10pm to 7pm where her abrasiveness may be too much.

Jesse Watters is sliding to 8pm, where now one is home since Tucker Carlson was evicted.

But the 9pm hour remains a problem with a name: Maddow. Rachel Maddow on Monday nights beats Fox’s Sean Hannity with a baseball bat. On Monday, Maddow had a 600,000 viewer lead over ol’ Sean. If she were on four nights a week, MSNBC would have the prime time lead.

At 10pm, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell also took Fox’s Ingraham easily. Agan, if Maddow returned on a more regular schedule, O’Donnell would also be in a great position.

Hannity is Fox News’s big issue. On his own, without competition, he’s fine. But against Maddow — or maybe any name journalist who’s got real bona fides — he’s toast.

It will be interesting to see if MSNBC can lure Maddow back full time for the 2024 election.

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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