Fox News has for years been the most-watched news network, but that may not be true for much longer. Two primetime MSNBC shows, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell, overtook their Fox counterparts Hannity and Great Van Susteran among the all-important "demo" - the 25-54-year-old demographic - in the week after the election.
In the week of November 12-16, Maddow's 9pm show averaged 480,000 viewers age 25-54, compared to Hannity's 439,000. O'Donnell's Last Word at 10pm averaged 396,000 viewers, beating On the Record with Greta Van Susteren's 362,000.
MSNBC's ratings may be helped by the fact that the network has become more partisan - more so even than Fox. The left-leaning network aired way more spots dissing Mitt than Fox showed against Obama. You'd expect a liberal TV channel to oppose Republican Romney, but the relentless MSNBC onslaught was still kind of mindblowing. In the week leading up to the election, MSNBC aired a multitude of negative stories on the GOP challenger, and NO positive ones.
Data via Media Bistro. Infographic from Newscorpse.
Posted Nov 21, 8am PST.