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Nielsen Tallies Up Viewership for Chauvin Verdict

At least 23.2M Americans were watching

(Newser) - At least 23.2 million Americans watched on television this week as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, per the AP . The Nielsen company's estimate came from viewership figures on 11 different networks that carried Tuesday's...

Ratings Support Trump's Prediction
Without Trump,
Audiences Shrink

Without Trump, Audiences Shrink

After setting records, fewer are watching and reading news lately

(Newser) - Cable news networks are starting to feel the absence of Trump drama. Ratings climbed for President Trump's second impeachment trial, but they've dropped dramatically since then, Variety reports. CNN has been hit hardest, with the prime-time shows of Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper down 32% in the last...

Rashida Jones Is MSNBC's New President

Phil Griffin is 'hanging up his cleats'

(Newser) - After guiding MSNBC through the Obama and Trump administrations, Phil Griffin won't be there for the Biden years. The cable news network says the 64-year-old, who started out at NBC News 35 years ago and has been with MSNBC since it launched in 1996, will be stepping down Feb....

CNN Ratings Soar, Top Fox in Coveted Demographic

Both networks have their best-ever November numbers

(Newser) - The 2020 election didn't just inspire a record-setting number of votes—it also had America glued to the news. CNN and Fox News reaped the most benefits, with CNN dominating the coveted age demographic of 25 to 54 in November and raising its overall viewership by 135% compared to...

Rachel Maddow Has a Plea After Partner's Close Call

She wants people to skip Thanksgiving travel because of COVID

(Newser) - Viewers knew Rachel Maddow had contact with someone with COVID-19, hence her two-week quarantine beginning Nov. 6. But until Maddow's return to MSNBC on Thursday, they didn't know just how close that contact was. Broadcasting live from home, Maddow told viewers that "the center of my universe,...

He Wore Gap Khakis On the Air. Now Everyone Wants Them

MSNBC correspondent Steve Kornacki's election week outfit is driving online sales

(Newser) - They call him the "Map Daddy," but Steve Kornacki may soon see his nickname change to the "Gap Daddy." The MSNBC political correspondent went viral in some circles during election week not only with his nerdy explainers on electoral math, but also with an outfit that...

NBC Reporter Swears on Air, Blames #2020

Ken Dilanian says he had technical difficulties

(Newser) - When NBC correspondent Ken Dilanian started swearing during a live segment Tuesday, some viewers initially thought he had shocking news to share. "Oh s---. F---," Dilanian said after MSNBC host Craig Melvin asked him to deliver some breaking news. Deadline reports that Melvin remained "poker faced" as...

Rachel Maddow: I'm Going Into Quarantine

MSNBC host will self-isolate at home after 'close contact' is infected with COVID

(Newser) - Don't go looking for MSNBC's most-watched anchor for the immediate future. Rachel Maddow has announced that she'll be off the air for a little while as she quarantines after a "close contact" tested positive for COVID-19, reports USA Today . "Everything happens, all at once,"...

Black Female Host Infiltrates 'Universe of White Men'

Joy Reid to anchor nightly show 'The ReidOut' on MSNBC, sliding into Chris Matthews' 'Hardball' slot

(Newser) - MSNBC's Joy Reid is moving from her weekend show to a coveted weeknight slot once occupied by Chris Matthews. The 51-year-old host of AM Joy will now anchor The ReidOut, taking the nightly 7pm space where Matthews' Hardball lived. That makes Reid just one of a few Black women...

Chris Matthews Leaves MSNBC
Host Apologizes, Quits MSNBC

Host Apologizes, Quits MSNBC

Journalist had written about Chris Matthews' behavior toward her

(Newser) - Veteran MSNBC host Chris Matthews said he's retiring from his show Hardball, citing his inappropriate comments about women. Matthews opened his program Monday with the announcement he was ending his run on the political hour that he started in 1997, the AP reports. "This is the last Hardball ...

Bernie Sanders Gets Apology From Chris Matthews

MSNBC host likened his Nevada caucus win to the Nazi invasion of France

(Newser) - Chris Matthews isn't one to freely dole out apologies, leading the New York Times to call one extended to Bernie Sanders "a moment of humility." The Hardball anchor had come under fire—with Sanders reportedly extremely bothered himself—over comments he made Saturday during MSNBC's coverage...

MSNBC Fans, This Face Might Greet You Every Day

Yes, it's Shepard Smith

(Newser) - MSNBC is mulling a shakeup that would give Chuck Todd a morning slot and bring in Fox News fugitive Shepard Smith—if, that is, the network can snag him. MSNBC insiders tell the Daily Beast that several networks want Smith, who quit Fox News last year, but no one's...

A High-Profile Trump Critic Is TV Analyst for Hearings

George Conway, husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, is on MSNBC

(Newser) - If George and Kellyanne Conway have a tough time keeping politics out of their marriage, this won't help. The husband of the top Trump adviser was providing analysis of the impeachment hearing on MSNBC Wednesday. It's "quite the coup" for the network, notes Mediaite , given that George...

Maddow Gets Emotional Over 'Silence' at NBC

The MSNBC host speaks up about sexual harassment and NDAs

(Newser) - Activists called upon NBC Universal on Saturday to allow former employees to speak out freely on sexual harassment in the workplace without restriction, rather than having to come to the company first to be released from non-disclosure agreements, the AP reports. The company said Saturday that any former employee who...

MSNBC Story Flub Gives Trump an Opening

He points to O'Donnell retraction as an example of media bias against him

(Newser) - Lawrence O'Donnell thought he had a scoop damaging to President Trump. Instead, the president was pointing to the resulting controversy at MSNBC as an example of unfair treatment by the media. "The totally inaccurate reporting by Lawrence O’Donnell, for which he has been forced by NBC to...

MSNBC's O'Donnell: I Shouldn't Have Reported Trump Story

Reporting on Russia ties to Trump finances was a mistake, he admits

(Newser) - MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell said Wednesday he made an "error in judgment" in reporting about supposed Russian ties to President Donald Trump's finances without verifying the story, the AP reports. O'Donnell's admission came in a tweet Wednesday after a lawyer for Trump said the story...

Trump: NYT Needs to Get on Knees, Beg

'They are truly the Enemy of the People!'

(Newser) - President Trump thinks the New York Times should "get down on their knees & beg for forgiveness." The comment came in a "Twitter rampage" attacking media outlets early Tuesday, per Fox News . Trump wrote that he was deserving of "a far bigger & better apology" than...

The Last Time This TV Rating Happened, It Was 2000

MSNBC beats Fox in total daytime viewers

(Newser) - A milestone in the cable wars: MSNBC has beaten Fox News in total daytime viewers for the first time since 2000. For the week of Dec. 17-21, MSNBC averaged 1.56 million viewers between 6am and 2pm, ahead of Fox (1.54 million) and CNN (975,000), according to a...

Bill Gates: Wife Didn't Love How Trump Spoke of Our Daughter

Gates also said Trump seemed confused about difference between HIV, HPV

(Newser) - Bill Gates recently helmed a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation meeting with staff, and per the Guardian , he offered some anecdotes involving President Trump. In the footage aired Thursday night on MSNBC, Gates noted that when he first met Trump in late 2016, it was "kind of scary" how...

MSNBC Host Apologizes for Homophobic Blog Posts

Joy Reid says hackers posted homophobic comments

(Newser) - MSNBC's Joy Reid, under fire for homophobic language in old blog posts, apologized Saturday for any past comments that belittled or mocked the LGBTQ community and says she hasn't been able to verify her claim that her account was hacked, the AP reports. Reid opened her weekend show...

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