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.