Rachel Maddow drove a deserved winning lap Tuesday night after reports that her show – and MSNBC as a whole – rose to the top of cable ratings while Fox News continued to bleed viewers.
As PoliticusUSA’s Jason Easley noted earlier in the day, not only is Maddow’s program the most viewed show on the number one cable news network, but Sean Hannity’s viewership is down 31 percent and Fox & Friends is up 40 percent.
“It’s a really big deal for us and I’m very grateful to you for watching this show,” the MSNBC host said Tuesday night. “We will continue to do our best to be worthy of your time and trust.”
“It’s a really big deal for us, and I’m very grateful to you for watching this show,” Rachel Maddow said after hearing the news that MSNBC is the number one network in cable for the first time. #maddow pic.twitter.com/jOc5Uhhocz
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Back in January, that show was the most watched show on all of cable TV for the first time, which is crazy, isn’t it? Not just the most watched program in cable news, but also the most watched program in all of cable television. That was in January, which was very amazing and I thought it was absolutely a coincidence. But today we learned that we did it for a second month in a row. It turns out we were the most watched program on all cable TV in both January and February that I have no idea what to make of it. But even better than that: in February we were not only the most-watched program in the cable sector last month, but our network, this network, MSNBC, was the most-watched network in all cable television in February, which is the first time since we were founded almost 25 years ago Years ago that this is the case for us as a network. If you know me, if you’ve ever seen the show, you know I don’t talk about ratings and cable news wars and all that stuff so I won’t go into that, I won’t mention it again. But it’s a really big deal for us and I’m very grateful to you for watching this show. Little did I know that so many of you would ever watch. It blew my mind personally, but I am so grateful and humble. Thank you for supporting the show. Thank you for the support from MSNBC. We will continue to do our best to be worthy of your time and trust for you.
Trump killed Fox News
In addition to helping Donald Trump become president, Fox News was instrumental in creating an alternate reality for the MAGA cult.
In a world without Fox News, it is unlikely that a president as blatantly corrupt and incompetent as Donald Trump would have served a full term in the White House.
Towards the end of his presidency, however, the Trump-Fox love affair began to wane when the ex-president’s delusions became too extreme for even the right-wing propaganda network to show humor.
As a result, Trump began treating Fox News the way he treated other cable news networks like CNN and MSNBC, urging his supporters to head to extremist outlets like OANN and Newsmax.
Donald Trump helped kill the network that made him the highest office in the country.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.