“It was obviously a big couple of nights for Fox.”
Following an announcement Sunday that former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation had cleared President Donald Trump and his associates of colluding with Russia, cable news network MSBNC, which has devoted much of its coverage to speculation over Trump’s Russia-related wrongdoing, saw a precipitous drop in its ratings Monday, The Daily Beast reported.
Sources told the outlet that the network is now planning to “pivot to 2020.”
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Top-rated MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who normally competes for the first or second rated program in all of cable news, was down nearly 500,000 viewers from the previous Monday and came in sixth among all cable news programs. MSNBC’s second top-rated primetime show, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” experienced a similar drop.
Meanwhile, right-leaning rival network Fox News coasted, dominating post-Mueller report coverage as the most-watched cable network in total day and primetime. Number one rated cable news show “Hannity” garnered more than 4 million viewers. In fact, every single Fox News program beat out their CNN and MSNBC counterpart on Monday, according to TV Newser.
“It was obviously a big couple of nights for Fox,” a network insider told The Beast.
Republicans, conservatives and Trump supporters celebrated the Mueller report findings as a vindication of the president and a condemnation of a biased media some accuse of hyping up a false narrative and in the process doing a massive disservice to viewers.
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Appearing on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday, anti-establishment progressive journalist Glenn Greenwald excoriated major media outlets, particularly MSNBC and CNN, for how they covered Mueller’s investigation.
The Intercept founder told host Tucker Carlson that MSNBC “should have their top hosts on primetime go before the cameras and hang their head in shame and apologize for lying to people for three straight years, exploiting their fears to great profit.”