Saturday, July 13, 2024

MSNBC Trounces Fox News, CNN Under Maddow Charge, as Trump Jack Smith Indictment Revealed and Debated on Tuesday Night


Tuesday night, 6pm, was when the whole Jack Smith-Trump Indictment story broke. It was a story ready for prime time.

And who won the battle? MSNBC, of course, trounced Fox News and CNN. MSNBC averaged 2.6 million viewers in prime time to Fox News’s 2.1 million. Some people (like me) watched CNN. The indictment did little for CNN’s viewership, which now averages 700,000 on a good night.

Rachel Maddow led the MSNBC charge. She took over Chris Hayes’s 8pm show and scored 2.86 million. The Maddow show went on to 9pm, where she held on to the number 1 slot with 2.6 million. At 10pm, Maddow handed over the reigns to Lawrence O’Donnell but was still on the air. They pulled in 2.4 million. I watched Maddow with her all star MSNBC gang including Hayes. Ari Melber, and Alex Wagner. They’re a smart group, and their persistence in telling the truth has paid off.

PS I’m a big Erin Burnett fan on CNN. Also Wolf Blitzer. But they have no marketing or PR to create buzz. I Also loved it when the indictment was being read and Trump said it was like Nazi Germany. Jake Tapper said, “Read me that part again” because he couldn’t believe it.

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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