We are now getting an idea how a Bill O’Reilly-less Fox News Channel will fare ratings-wise against CNN and MSNBC, and it’s not very good news for Fox.
Last week, fueled by even more than usual negative news about President Donald Trump, perennial also-ran MSNBC scored a victory over Fox News in the key demo for the week. It was the first time MSNBC has beaten Fox in the weekly demo since the week of December 29, 2008.
The victory was largely due to The Rachel Maddow Show and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, which finished No. 1, beating The Five and Hannity. Maddow also won the time slot in total viewers.
MSNBC slightly trailed Fox News in total viewers, 2.6 million to 2.4 million.
Without O’Reilly, whose show was No. 1 for 15 consecutive years, Fox was forced to shuffle it’s primetime lineup, which gave MSNBC the opening they have been waiting for. While Maddow held her own against Megyn Kelly and Tucker Carlson at 9 p.m., she has flourished against The Five, giving O’Donnell’s show a boost in the process.
The May ratings won’t be out for about another 10 days, but you can bet that they will show a narrowing of the gap between Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, though Fox should remain No 1 overall.