Monday, July 15, 2024

Cable Ratings Day After 4th Trump Indictment: MSNBC Narrowly Beats Fox News, Melber Makes Toast of Competition With Roger Stone Scoop


Fox News is losing the ratings war in cable now that Donald Trump has had his 4th indictment.

After winning prime time on Monday when the story broke, MSNBC kept up the fight on Tuesday.

Ari Melber made toast of the Fox competition, beating Bret Baier at 6pm and just falling short of tying Laura Ingraham at 7pm. Melber’s Roger Stone scoop (see video) was the hot story of the night.

At 8pm, Chris Hayes took Jesse Watters by a nose. But Hayes did win, Watters — an utter disgrace — lost.

Sean Hannity at Fox and Alex Wagner at MSNBC were also very close at 9pm, Rachel Maddow’s spot. Maddow has done everything to build up Wagner, and it’s worked.

Lawrence O’Donnell at 10pm on MSNBC easily took Greg Gutfeld. The latter is a not funny comedian, O’Donnell is an erudite thinker. At 11, a million Fox News viewers either go to sleep or realize they’ve been asleep all night.

As the indictments keep coming– a fifth, in Arizona, is likely — MSNBC will have the advantage of actually reporting the news and facts, and not fantasies.

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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