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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.

MSNBC’s release, after the jump. Read more

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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The Scoreboard: Thursday, April 17

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 224 | MSNBC: 108 | CNN: 130 | HLN: 79
  • Primetime: FNC: 352 | MSNBC: 158 | CNN: 196 | HLN: 127

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

160

TheFive:

291

Baier:

225

Greta:

250

O’Reilly:

426

Megyn:

357

Hannity:

273

O’Reilly:

231

Megyn:

212

MSNBC
Wagner:

95

EdShow:

149

Sharpton:

144

Matthews:

130

Hayes:

142

Maddow:

191

O’Donnell:

142

Hayes:

78

Maddow:

102

CNN
Tapper:

122

Blitzer:

132

Blitzer:

152

Burnett:

149

Cooper:

201

Tonight:

227

Chicago:

159

SpcRpt:

113

CNNI:

122

HLN
News:

52

Files:

39

Files:

24

Jane:

64

Grace:

124

DrDrew:

124

Files:

133

Files:

153

Files:

132

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Lawrence O’Donnell Will Be Off MSNBC for Several Weeks After Car Accident

lawrence-odonnellLawrence O’Donnell will be off the air for several weeks after being involved in a car accident over the weekend while vacationing.

Here’s MSNBC’s statement:

“Lawrence O’Donnell and his brother Michael were injured in a taxi accident on Saturday while vacationing out of the country. They were transported back to the US – Lawrence to NYC and Michael to Boston. They are both under the care of doctors and expected to make a full recovery. Lawrence will be off from MSNBC for several weeks as he recuperates. Our thoughts and support are with the O’Donnell family and we look forward to having Lawrence back on the air soon.”

No word yet on the extent of the O’Donnell brothers’ injuries, but MSNBC tells us both are in good spirits.

Alex Wagner will fill in on “The Last Word” tonight and tomorrow night, with Ari Melber filling in on Wednesday and Thursday.

Q1 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Tops CNN, But Sheds Viewers

Despite a strong March for CNN, MSNBC held on to the second-place spot among the cable news networks in both total day and primetime during the first quarter of 2014. But like CNN and HLN, MSNBC was down compared to the year-ago quarter in both dayparts.

The ratings for Q1 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 683,000 Total Viewers / 217,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 394,000 Total Viewers / 138,000 A25-54

Compared to Q1 2013, MSNBC is down -9% in total day and -2% in the A25-54 demographic. In primetime, the network is down -10% and -4%, respectively.

In primetime, “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” were both down compared to the year-ago quarter: Maddow’s program was down -2% in total viewers and -4% in the A25-54 demographic and O’Donnell’s show was down -7% and -4%, respectively. “All In with Chris Hayes” — which debuted one year ago today — was the only primetime show to show growth in either ratings measurement, up +6% in the demo despite being down -15% in total viewers compared to the 8pmET timeslot last year.

“Hardball with Chris Matthews” continues to see strong ratings at 7pmET: the show topped CNN by +448,000 total viewers and +74,000 A25-54 viewers for the quarter. Compared to Q1 2013, CNN is up +19% and +16%, respectively.

It was the lowest-rated quarter for “Morning Joe,” “Andrea Mitchell Reports” and “Jansing & Co” since 2010. “Morning Joe” finished second in its time slot, while Mitchell’s program and Chris Jansing‘s program finished third at 1pmET and 10amET, respectively.

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