Sunday, June 16, 2024

MONDAY Cable: MSNBC’s Maddow, Melber, Wallace Lead in News, Fox Comics Watters, Gutfeld Joke It Up on a Slow Day


Monday’s cable news ratings were fairly predictable.

On the serious side, Rachel Maddow, Ari Melber, and Nicolle Wallace won their time slots easily. Maddow took down Sean Hannity. Ari Melber tied Bret Baier but beat him in the key age demo.

On the comic side, Fox News’s Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld took their hours. They were lucky nothing serious was happening in the news. When Trump and and his 18 co-defendants show up on Thursday in Atlanta, all eyes will be on MSNBC.

At 10pm, Lawrence O’Donnell tied with Gutfeld, but the surprise was Gutfeld’s huge jump in the key demo. Fox News’s older audience must have left their TVs on when they went to bed.

Stay tuned for this Thursday’s numbers. Even the Fox News viewers will have to watch something else to get the real story when their ‘hero’ is fingerprinted….

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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