Friday, December 29, 2017

Maddow Ends 2017 by Beating Hannity

MSNBC's unabashed liberal primetime lineup produced a stunning ratings success for the network in 2017, boosting its viewership by nearly 50 percent compared to the 2016 campaign cycle. MSNBC finishes the year with its largest daily audience since the network debuted in 1996. The primetime home of Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O'Donnell posted the biggest ratings gain in 2017 of any of the all-news cable channels. ... Heading into 2018, MSNBC's Maddow is riding a ratings momentum wave. Pitted against Sean Hannity in the 9 p.m. time slot, Maddow in recent weeks has moved ahead of Trump's favorite cheerleader and has been regularly beating Hannity among viewers 25-54, the demographic most sought after by advertisers.

Comments

Well....this is funny.

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2017-12-29 10:05 PM

During the first three weeks of December, Maddow bested Hannity on 10 of the 15 weekday broadcasts.
Hannity remains Fox News' most valuable and longest-running primetime property. If he falls into a permanent second place position in 2018 as Trump's Russia scandal likely grows and viewers clamor for Maddow's analysis, that would be a major professional embarrassment for Fox News, and a personal humiliation for Fox News' Trump-worshipping host.

they should fire Hannity for AJ, and keep him jacked. ...cable news.

#2 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-12-29 10:07 PM

I can't stand the rant style, but good for her.

#3 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-12-29 10:42 PM

She doe her homework. Tonight's episode was dead serious and spellbinding.

#4 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-29 11:04 PM

Another misleading headline... I was expecting she physically beat him. How disappointing.

#5 | Posted by sentinel at 2017-12-29 11:12 PM

"Another misleading headline... I was expecting she physically beat him. How disappointing."

Why sentinel you raging weirdo.

She isn't any of the Japanese women without restraint Hannity paid to beat him till he'd faint at Christmas time this year.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2017-12-30 12:42 AM

Must be a gay thing....

#7 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2017-12-30 01:52 AM

Must be a gay thing....

#7 | POSTED BY GREATAMERICAN

Don't Panic!

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-30 02:11 AM

Must be a gay thing....

Posted by Greatamerican at 2017-12-30 01:52 AM | Reply

Some closet cases sure do like to advertise.

#9 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-12-30 02:50 AM

GaytAmerican:

Everything seems gay to you, n'est çce pas?

#10 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-12-30 09:30 AM

Her accomplishment it greater when you also consider that Fox News is included in Basic Cable Service while MSNBC is not, people have to pay extra to see it. People should understand that aspect of Fox News popularity, it's free. You have to pay extra for truth.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-30 10:32 AM

It was a vintage Rachel Maddow stemwinder. A deft, 25-minute weaving of carefully curated sound bites, screenshots of news reports, slick maps and graphics, all strung together to make the case that something fishy is afoot. It's a style Maddow has perfected, and it has propelled her to the top of the ratings heap.

There was just one problem. Maddow's theory was so flimsy that it could be debunked by a quick glance at a map, let alone a phone call with an expert.

It's a tactic that right-wing hosts like Sean Hannity and Alex Jones have perfected, building myths using unrelated or unreliable information in ways that brought us the birther lie and the Benghazi controversy, putting the country on a path to fake news and the Trump presidency.
www.huffingtonpost.com

Maddow is nothing more than the flip side of Hannity using the same flimsy methods and tactics.

BruceBanners comment aside, the fact that she's beloved by those here is not surprising.

The fact that Hannity, and Maddow capture so much attention is what is sad.

#12 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-12-30 11:10 AM

"The fact that Hannity, and Maddow capture so much attention is what is sad."

People voted for a reality TV star is what is sad.

Sad!

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-12-30 11:21 AM

"The fact that Hannity, and Maddow capture so much attention is what is sad."

Welcome to another episode of "Both Sides are the Same."

Comparing Hannity to Maddow is simply ridiculous. Hannity is an ignorant buffoon while Maddow is a freaking genius and even if their political views were reversed the same would still be true.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-30 12:19 PM

#14 I didn take it as a "both sides are the same".

I took it as propaganda and ratings are the primary drivers of our "news" these days, regardless of the persuasion.

I never watch MSNBC as it's too pretentious for me. Faux News is just transparently dumb.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-30 01:44 PM

Maddow is nothing more than the flip side of Hannity using the same flimsy methods and tactics.

There is at least one striking difference between the two. While I still don't find her style particularly productive, Maddow at least generally works in the realm of reality and truth. Hannity is simply further conveyance for whatever BS comes out of Trumps mouth.

#16 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2017-12-30 01:54 PM

"I took it as propaganda and ratings are the primary drivers of our "news" these days, regardless of the persuasion."

There is also an element of the feelings of American viewers and their politics. Fox News dominated for a very long time pushing propaganda 24/7 while MSNBC followed trying to use facts to gain viewers. To me it is comforting to see facts winning out over propaganda. And, Rachel Maddow is probably the most fact based commentator any any channel today.

#17 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-30 02:06 PM

I'm disappointed to find the headline was talking about ratings.

#18 | Posted by dylanfan at 2017-12-30 03:33 PM

#17 Her hard hitting exposure of the long over due Trump tax return that showed he paid a higher percentage of taxes than Clinton, Obama and Sanders must have got her there. I know it was must see TV.

#19 | Posted by fishpaw at 2017-12-31 08:10 AM

Maddow is a freaking genius

You may be now disavowing smoking pot but this completely eviscerates that proclamation.

All I know is she is far more manly than Hannity, otherwise they are, as Andrea points out, different sides of the same muckraking coin.

#20 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-12-31 01:26 PM

If it were not for feminists pushing out Bill O'reilly, she would still be in third or fourth.

Plus, she does owe alot of her "success" to Trump. Without him, she's just another man hating liberal.

#21 | Posted by boaz at 2017-12-31 06:12 PM

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