Hannity Dominates Ratings While Maddow Drops to Lowest in Years


The liberal media took a major hit this week as third-quarter television ratings for 2019 revealed yet another troubling low for one of the progressive left’s most prominent talking heads.

According to The Daily Caller, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow had her worst quarter since spring 2016.

Meanwhile, Fox News’ prime-time giants Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham topped the cable network news charts in Nielsen Media Research‘s latest report — averaging 3.3 million, 3.1 million and 2.6 million viewers, respectively, for the quarter.

MSNBC’s anti-Trump darling managed just 2.5 million viewers on average.

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Maddow’s numbers began to plummet in March, The Daily Caller previously reported, as special counsel Robert Mueller’s expensive two-year report on possible Russian interference in the 2016 election of President Donald Trump came up empty.

Buying into the collusion narrative even before Trump was inaugurated in 2017, Maddow and fellow liberal media hosts — including CNN’s Brian Stelter, Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper — peddled conjecture and downright conspiracy on Russian “collusion” for more than two years.

The hosts would often pat one another on the back for their coverage of the event, promoting one another across programs and even networks.

MSNBC’s total viewership fell to 1.5 million — an 18 percent drop since the third quarter of 2018, according to Deadline Hollywood. The bulk of these losses, along with Maddow’s, were sustained this past summer.

CNN, on the other hand, managed a 1 percent increase in total viewership, leaving the outlet with approximately 1 million Americans tuning in on average.

Despite positive third-quarter numbers, Fox News, like MSNBC, found its quarterly ratings were down from the same period last year.

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The loss totaled no more than 1 percent, however, and the network surpassed 2.4 million total viewers on average.

Political personalities and social media users have come out in droves in recent weeks and months to give Maddow her fair share of grief as ratings continue to collapse.

“[I] wonder if this has more to do with all the blatant lies that @maddow spews or her absolute lack of personality,” one user wrote.

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Andrew J. Sciascia was the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal. Having joined up as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, he went on to cover the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for the outlet, regularly co-hosting its video podcast, "WJ Live," as well.
Andrew J. Sciascia was the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal and regularly co-hosted the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."

Sciascia first joined up with The Western Journal as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, before graduating with a degree in criminal justice and political science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and worked briefly as a political operative with the Massachusetts Republican Party.

He covered the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for The Western Journal. His work has also appeared in The Daily Caller.