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MSNBC, Maddow, O’Donnell Smash Fox News By More Than a Million Viewers with Fulton County Trump Indictment Coverage


Monday night, August 14th belonged to MSNBC with indictment coverage.

As the news broke through the evening that Donald Trump was getting the hook in Atlanta, MSNBC numbers blossomed like roses at the state fair.

Rachel Maddow came in with 3.9 million viewers, taking Sean Hannity by 1.5 million. He was left in the dust.

Hannity had to continue at 10pm because Fox News’s Greg Gutfeld is a joke. So Lawrence O’Donnell, with Maddow and other MSNBC stars helping, beat Hannity by 1 million pairs of eyes with 3.2 million. At 11pm, the MSNBC juggernaut continued, and pounded Fox to a pulp. By then whoever watches Fox was asleep or dead. MSNBC’s 3.5 million was about twice the Fox audience.

CNN, alas, had no game. None of their shows made it to 1 million viewers. Highest number of the night was Anderson Cooper at 8pm with 958,000.

Ari Melber and Chris Hayes each basically tied Fox News at their respective hours.

The lesson here is that when real news breaks, MSNBC has become the go-to organization. Fox News viewers even know they’re not going to get the truth or facts. CNN’s core fan base is strong, but if they were aggressive they could have their own following again.

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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