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Q2 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Holds #2 in Primetime, Slips in Total Day

MSNBC held on to the #2 spot in primetime for the second quarter of 2014, second only to Fox News in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. But in total day, the network slipped to third in total viewers and fourth (CNN and HLN were tied for second) in the A25-54 demographic.

The ratings for Q2 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 570,000 Total Viewers / 159,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 334,000 Total Viewers / 103,000 A25-54

Like all the cable news networks, MSNBC was down compared to the same quarter last year. In total day, the network was down -7% in total viewers and -16% in the A25-54 demographic, and in primetime, the network was flat and down -17%, respectively.

“The Rachel Maddow Show” and “All In with Chris Hayes” were the only primetime cable news shows to be up compared to the same quarter last year. Both shows grew 5% in total viewers, although Maddow’s program was down -18% and Hayes’ program was down -22% in the demo compared to Q2 2013. “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” — which was guest-hosted in June by Ari Melber while O’Donnell recovered from a car accident — was down -12% in total viewers and -21% in the demo.

 

The Scoreboard: Monday, June 23

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 224 | MSNBC: 82 | CNN: 85 | HLN: 130
  • Primetime: FNC: 400 | MSNBC: 159 | CNN: 137 | HLN: 146

4p: 5p: 6p 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

124

TheFive:

242

Baier:

283

Greta:

287

O’Reilly:

417

Kelly:

373

Hannity:

400

O’Reilly:

195

Kelly:

247

MSNBC
Wagner:

64

EdShow:

98

Sharpton:

112

Matthews:

136

Hayes:

134

Maddow:

193

O’Donnell:

149

Hayes:

78

Maddow:

70

CNN
Tapper:

68

Blitzer:

79

Blitz/Cross:

93/73

Burnett:

141

Cooper:

146

Cooper:

133

Tonight:

131

Cooper:

73

Cooper:

65

HLN
Now:

54

Files:

75

Files:

138

Jane:

162

Grace:

162

Dr.Drew:

111

Files:

164

Files:

271

Files:

301

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Ari Melber: ‘Political TV is Like Kindergarten’

Ari Melber 304It’s not often a cable news fill-in stint lasts longer than a week, but a serious car accident involving MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell in April thrust Ari Melber into a two-month substitute hosting role.

As O’Donnell returns to host the “Last Word” tonight, and Melber rejoined the cast of “The Cycle” this afternoon, Melber tells TVNewser about the highs and lows of filling in on the primetime show, which, during his nine-week run as host, was down -17% in viewers and -22% in A25-54 demo viewers compared to the previous nine weeks hosted by O’Donnell.

TVNewser: What went through your mind initially when tasked with filling in for Lawrence semi-permanently?

Melber: Initially, I got a call that Lawrence was hurt in a car accident, so the scare and uncertainty of that was going through my mind. It’s very jarring and sad to hear that someone you know and look up to was hurt in an emergency, and the first few times I talked with his staff, they were still distraught and processing everything. So when you get from that reality to ‘how was the show at first,’ basically, it was unlike any other anchoring I’ve done before — probably with less initial focus on the shows themselves, because the staff and audience were more focused on any information about Lawrence.

TVNewser: You’ve done solo hosting before, but never for this long and this high profile. Were there any rough spots or growing pains?

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Ahead of His Return to MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell Recounts Car Accident

LAWRENCEODONNELL-large300More than two months after a car accident on Tortola left him with a broken hip, Lawrence O’Donnell tells the Daily Beast about the taxi crash. The MSNBC host, who will return to his show Monday, remembers thinking, “what a stupid way to die”:

“I have no idea what speed the other car was doing—he was probably the fastest driver on the island at that moment,” O’Donnell tells me in his first detailed interview about the incident. “He was out of control and jumped the lane…I was just overwhelmed by the noise of this crash, and all I could see was the light of the radio in the center of the dashboard, that was coming closer and closer—because the vehicle was getting crushed. It seemed like it was going on forever.”

“When something happens that is such a shocking experience, your brain slows it down,” he continues. “Your brain tries to examine—What is this? What do I have to do? What is going on? And this crash felt like it went on for 20 seconds, which is impossible, but it might have gone on for a few. Read more

Lawrence O’Donnell on Crash Recovery: ‘It’s Been a Real Clearing of the Head’

ODonnellWagnerMSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell went on Alex Wagner‘s show this afternoon to talk about his recovery from a taxi crash while on vacation in April.

“It’s been two months, there’s been some difficult parts of it. But the truth of it is, it’s been a pretty great two months,” O’Donnell said. “I am not a workaholic. I am not the first one in the building in the morning. It’s been a real clearing of the head,” O’Donnell told Wagner.

Still no word on when he’ll be back hosting his 10pmET show. Wagner closed by saying, “We look forward to seeing you in the very near future.”

May 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Reclaims #2

With the search for Malaysian Air Flight 370 dying down, MSNBC reclaimed the outright second-place spot on the cable news leaderboard in May, besting CNN in both total day and primetime. But the network hit a series of seven-year lows in both total day and primetime this month.

The ratings for May 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 536,000 Total Viewers / 153,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 327,000 Total Viewers / 103,000 A25-54

Like its competitors, MSNBC was down compared to May 2013: the network was down -5% in total viewers and -10% in the A25-54 demographic in total day and -1% and -13%, respectively, in primetime. MSNBC was down the least of all the cable news networks for the month.

In total day, MNSBC delivered its lowest ratings in total viewers since December 2007 and in the A25-54 demo since June 2006. In primetime, the network had its lowest demo delivery since July 2006.

In primetime, “All In with Chris Hayes” and “The Rachel Maddow Show” were both up in total viewers but down in the demo compared to the same month last year: Hayes’ program was up +6% in total viewers and down -13% in the demo and Maddow’s program was up +3% and down -16%, respectively. “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” was down -16% in total viewers and-12% in the A25-54 demo.

It was also a mixed bag for MSNBC’s early evening programming. “The Ed Show” and “Politics Nation” were both down in total viewers but up in the demo. They were the only two cable news shows to grow in the 5pmET and 6pmET timeslots. At 7pmET, “Hardball with Chris Matthews” was up in total viewers but down in the demo.

“Morning Joe” reclaimed the second-place spot among the cable news morning shows for the month, growing +13% in total viewers and +39% in the demo compared to May 2013.

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Lawrence O’Donnell Updates Viewers on His Recovery

LAWRENCEODONNELL-large300He’s been off the air for over a month after suffering injuries in an automobile accident, so Lawrence O’Donnell called up his show last night to update viewers on his recovery.

“I’m getting pretty good on crutches,” O’Donnell said, adding he’s doing okay in physical therapy after breaking his hip and injuring his legs in a taxi cab accident while vacationing.

He also poured cold water on substitute host Ari Melber suggesting O’Donnell will be back soon.

“Ari, what is this bit about me coming back soon…who says I’m coming back soon?” O’Donnell joked, asking Melber if his absence was interrupting Melber’s vacation plans.

O’Donnell told Melber he can clear his calendar at some point in June, when he returns to host “The Last Word.”

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The Scoreboard: Monday, May 12

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 225 | MSNBC: 82 | CNN: 103 | HLN: 93
  • Primetime: FNC: 302 | MSNBC: 125 | CNN: 194 | HLN: 101

4p: 5p: 6/6:30p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

234

TheFive:

340

Baier:

273

Greta:

225

O’Reilly:

362

Megyn:

301

Hannity:

244

O’Reilly:

238

Megyn:

177

MSNBC
Wagner:

90

EdShow:

132

Sharpton:

112

Matthews:

127

Hayes:

114

Maddow:

145

O’Donnell:

115

Hayes:

37

Maddow:

38

CNN
Tapper:

63

Blitzer:

70

Blitzer/Cross

108/116

Burnett:

116

Cooper:

294

Tonight:

163

Spc.Rpt:

125

Cooper:

159

Tonight:

74

HLN
News:

32

Detective:

70

Detective:

82

Jane:

68

Grace:

110

DrDrew:

100

Files:

92

Files:

151

Files:

254

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April 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Third in Total Day

MSNBC slipped to third in total day this month, delivering its lowest average in nearly seven years — since October 2007. In primetime, the network managed to hang on to second place in total viewers, but placed third  in the A25-54 demographic.

The ratings for April 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 612,000 Total Viewers / 173,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 356,000 Total Viewers / 112,000 A25-54

Compared to the same month last year, MSNBC was down -12% in total viewers and -19% in A25-54 viewers in total day. In primetime, the network was down -10% and -26%, respectively. Although April 2013 was a busy news month with the Boston Marathon bombings, MSNBC did not see much of a bump this time last year.

MSNBC’s daytime programming struggled in April.  The newest daytime programs — “Ronan Farrow Daily” and “The Reid Report” — have so far failed to move the ratings needle. Farrow’s program averaged 238,000 total viewers and 67,000 A25-54 viewers and Joy Reid‘s averaged 266,000 and 72,000, respectively; in total viewers, it was the lowest rated month in the 1pmET timeslot since 2007 and in the 2pmET timeslot since 2010.

“Morning Joe” slipped to third among the cable news morning shows in April, delivering its lowest-rated month in total viewers since December 2009.

All three of MSNBC’s primetime shows were down across the board compared to April 2013: “All In with Chris Hayes” was down -7% in total viewers and -27% in the demo, “The Rachel Maddow Show” was down -4% in total viewers and -32% int the demo, and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” was down -19% and -33%, respectively.

MSNBC Primetime Covers Cliven Bundy Comments, Sean Hannity Denouncing Them

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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy‘s controversial comments about African Americans caused a stir yesterday, and MSNBC led each of its primetime shows covering the story; the network also covered Fox News’ Sean Hannity denouncing Bundy’s comments.

At 8pmET, “All In with Chris Hayes” covered the “great Cliven Bundy walk-back of 2014.” More than anyone else, Sean Hannity built up Cliven Bundy into a media hero, Hayes said about the Fox News host. Joining Hayes, MSNBC host Karen Finney noted every major figure that denounced Bundy, especially politicians, did it through a spokesperson–except for Hannity, who called Bundy’s comments “repugnant” and “disgraceful” on his radio show yesterday.

Filling in for Lawrence O’Donnell, Ari Melber claimed Hannity “elevated” Bundy. “If all these developments are progress, it’s of a very narrow and calculated variety,” Melber said after playing Hannity’s critical comments about Bundy.

On “Hardball,” substitute host Steve Kornacki wasn’t satisfied by Hannity’s critical comments about Bundy: “Sean Hannity always ends up being the victim, that’s what it sounds like…Sean Hannity made this guy a cause.”

And on Fox News, Hannity went beyond his radio denouncement of Bundy: “Allow me to make myself abundantly clear. I believe those comments are downright racist, they are repugnant, they are bigoted, and it’s beyond disturbing.”

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