Opinion| Liberal MSNBC prime time host Rachel Maddow seems to be having some trouble when it comes to her ratings… they continue to plummet. The decline has been consistent through 2019 so far, continuing through the month of May.
The Daily Caller reports that Maddow’s program, “which has dedicated years to intensive coverage surrounding the Mueller investigation, averaged 2,608,000 viewers per night with 410,000 in the key 25-54 age demographic in May, according to Nielsen Media Research. Her show came in third for cable news behind Fox News prime time hosts Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. Hannity’s average audience was 3,138,000, with Carlson’s coming in at 2,761,000. The Five and The Ingraham Angle rounded out the top five.”
Maddow’s viewership numbers continued to crash as the investigation was made public. Her show only averaged 2,630,000 viewers by the time April rolled around. A redacted version of special counsel Mueller’s report was released by Attorney General Barr last month. He explained that there had been no evidence found supporting the claim that the 2016 Trump presidential campaign had conspired with Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 United States presidential election.
The Trump era has been very, very good to Sean Hannity. The Fox News Channel host finished May as the top-rated host in cable news, with an average total audience of 3.138 million viewers. Hannity’s prime-time colleague, Tucker Carlson, finished second with 2.761 million viewers. In all, Fox News had 10 of the 15 top-rated shows in cable news as the network posted its 209th first-place finish according to ratings data compiled by Nielsen.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, meanwhile, posted its lowest-rated month since Donald Trump took office, finishing May in third place overall with a total audience of 2.61 million viewers. Maddow’s MSNBC colleagues Lawrence O’Donnell and Chris Hayes also finished in the top ten overall, with O’Donnell’s The Last Word drawing 2 million total viewers (6th place overall), and Hayes’ All In reaching 1.6 million viewers (9th place overall).
CNN continued to struggle in third place, with none of the network’s prime-time shows breaking one million total viewers. Cuomo Prime Time, the network’s highest-rated show, drew an audience of 938,000 total viewers, finishing in 25th place overall, behind programs airing on Fox and MSNBC in daytime and late night when viewership is typically significantly lower than in prime. CNN’s Anderson Cooper finished the month in 26th place, with a total audience of 916,000 viewers.