Don’t believe the hype. Rachel Maddow isn’t beating Megyn Kelly in the overall ratings, despite some of the reports. This past week, Megyn Kelly averaged 2.37 million viewers a night, while Rachel Maddow averaged 1.61 million averaging nightly ratings according to Showbuzz Daily. Maddow’s numbers are still very impressive, especially given where she was just one year ago. As Breitbart notes, Maddow is coming close to beating Kelly in one key demo.
“MSNBC’S The Rachel Maddow Show virtually tied Fox News’ Kelly File in the key 25-54 demographic on Wednesday, the third time this month in which Maddow has tied or beaten Megyn Kelly’s show in the all-important demo as MSNBC viewership has risen steadily through the summer.”
Kelly’s ratings may be lower because she has been on vacation since August 5. Instead of Kelly, viewers are watching guest hosts, which may account for this discrepancy. In July, when she was hosting, she scored No. 1 in the 25-54 demo.
Breitbart adds that Fox News is still the most viewed cable news network, but MSNBC has risen in the ratings this summer. Even their prime time lineup beat CNN in both total viewers and the key 25-54 demo to place at No. 2 in the second quarter of this year. Maddow has become MSNBC’s biggest star and is a favorite among very progressive liberals. Sometimes, people believe she goes too far. According to Mediaite, Maddow even gave her viewers a “trigger warning” before showing anti-Hillary buttons at the DNC in July.
“MSNBC host Rachel Maddow gave sensitive viewers a warning Wednesday night before showing a graphic of anti-Hillary Clinton buttons on sale at the Republican National Convention,” the site said, before adding a quote by Maddow.
“I want to show you a little something that we shot earlier today. I will tell you that, some of our viewers, you’re going to find this offensive. You may find it uncomfortable. And so, you may not want to look at this stuff.”
Some of the buttons read, “Hillary for prison,” “Vote no to Monica’s ex-boyfriend’s wife in 2016,” and “Life’s a b***h, don’t vote for one.” The commenters after the article thought Rachel Maddow was being way too sensitive.
“Honest to God, liberals have got to be about the biggest pansies! They claim to be so tough and hard hitting, robustly intellectual and uncompromising when it comes to the truth, but yet we’ve seen time and again that the ONE THING guaranteed to send them into an emotional tailspin is a contrary opinion,” claimed Schlaumeier56
“You have got to be kidding me because this is the same person who endorsed and promoted Nazi images of Bush and the movie death of a president about killing him,” claimed Pressto.
Meanwhile, Rachel Maddow had a blast this week blasting Donald Trump. On her show on Thursday, Maddow noted that Republicans had the most emotional moment of their convention when Patricia Smith came to the podium and made an impassioned case against electing Hillary Clinton on the basis of Smith’s son being killed in Benghazi.
Maddow noted that her speech was completely written by somebody else, a Republican named Richard Cross, who, in an op-ed published by the Baltimore Sun, said he would be voting for Hillary Clinton.
“But weeks after the end of the 2016 GOP convention, I am confronted by an inconvenient fact: Despite what I wrote in that nationally televised speech about Hillary Clinton, I may yet have to vote for her because of the epic deficiencies of my own party’s nominee.”
The op-ed condemns Trump’s proposed banning of Muslims, but it also admits that choosing between Trump and Clinton is like “Mothra versus Godzilla.” After quoting more than half of his article, Rachel Maddow agreed that banning Muslims from the United States was an unconstitutional idea.
Rachel Maddow has a lot of segments on her show about discrimination, and it’s a huge part of her appeal. Expect Maddow’s ratings to keep increasing throughout the rest of the year.
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