It didn’t take her long. A week, maybe.
Ratings for Rachel Maddow’s self-titled MSNBC show (Weekdays, 9 p.m), have surpassed those of her mentor, Keith Olbermann, host of MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann (Weekdays, 8 p.m.) making hers the number one show on the network. And The Rachel Maddow Show continues to lay the smack down on the geriatric Larry King Live (CNN, Weekdays, 9 p.m.).
Here are the cold hard facts as reported by Huffington Post:
The Rachel Maddow Show was MSNBC’s top-rated broadcast Tuesday night, unseating Keith Olbermann’s Countdown as the network’s top show.
Maddow drew 1.8 million total viewers compared to Olbermann’s 1.6 million. Maddow also outdrew Olbermann in the advertiser-friendly 25-54 demographic, taking 25,000 more young adults than her lead-in Countdown. (Larry King Live drew 1,710,000 viewers with 496,000 in the 25-54 demo) (source)
I can see Maddow’s appeal. She smart without being too much of a smart aleck. It’s clear that Maddow does her research which garners her the respect of colleagues and guests.
It was reported that the hapless crew of the ratings-challenged Morning Joe congratulated Maddow on her victory while slyly gloating over Olbermann’s “loss”. (source) Funny, it was just a few short months ago that host Joe Scarborough was treating Maddow disrespectfully during an appearance on MSNBC’s Race for the White House, likening her laugh to a “cackle”. And during another appearance on the same show, he stormed off the set after taking objection to a question posed by Maddow. Who is he kidding?
They are so damn messy at MSNBC. So damn messy. And way too transparent.