Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Monday Cable News: MSNBC Powerhouse Duo Maddow-O’Donnell Squash Fox News Hannity-Gutfeld in Prime Time

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If it’s Monday. it’s time for Maddow.

Two nights ago, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow handed Sean Hannity’s hat to him at 9pm. Then Lawrence O’Donnell did the same to Greg Gutfeld at 10pm. Maddow took Hannity by 500,000 viewer. O’Donnell had Gutfeld by 250,000.

It turns out Gutfeld is best used with The Five earlier in the evening, when they win their time slot. But on his own, he can’t draw against the erudite and on-point O’Donnell. Also, 750,000 fans of the Five are probably asleep by 10pm when Gutfeld’s solo show airs.

After O’Donnell, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle took Fox’s Trace Gallagher to the cleaners at 11pm.

Also of note: MSNBC’s Ari Melber came very close to Fox’s Bret Baier, the only reasonably sane person on the cuckoo semi-news channel.

If the Florida indictment comes through this week, watch Maddow return and eviscerate Fox, which will no doubt be reporting on Hillary’s emails.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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