Saturday, June 15, 2024

Rachel Maddow Was Back on MSNBC Monday After 2 Weeks– And She Beat Sean Hannity Again


Rachel Maddow was back on MSNBC Monday after a bout of COVID.

She had to take last Monday off, which I’m sure alarmed network executives. Maddow’s once a week show is their ratings jewel in the crown.

Indeed, Maddow’s return this past Monday was a success. She beat Fox News’s Sean Hannity at 9pm by almost 400,000 viewers. She had 2.45 million fans.

Maddow’s triumphant return pulled along Lawrence O’Donnell at 10pm who similarly trounced Greg Gutfeld. Stephanie Ruhle bulldozed Fox’s Trace Gallagher at 11pm,

Still, Fox News won the night with its earlier shows including The Five, Jesse Watters, and Laura Ingraham.

What’s weird about all this is how the key demo goes: the Fox audience is skewing a little younger as the evening goes on. The MSNBC key demo goes younger earlier, with Ari Melber beating Bret Baier. So younger people are watching Fox after 9pm? Or it just that the older Fox audience goes to bed?

Either way, it was great to see Rachel back on the screen, making sense of the incomprehensible.

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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