I’m sure Fox News’ new public relations firm will say this is no big deal and point us to Tucker Carlson’s ratings, but this seems like a pretty big deal to me. For the first time since 2001, MSNBC’s Morning Joe has beaten Fox and Friends in the ratings game. This is also not a single cherry-picked day, but an average of the entire week.
Some people reading this right now weren’t born the last time this happened.
TV RATINGS: MSNBC’s Morning Joe finished last week as the No. 1 cable news morning show for the first time since 2001:— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) November 17, 2020
1.6 million total viewers vs. Fox & Friends' 1.4 million.https://t.co/aasPslCnDs @morningmika @JoeNBC pic.twitter.com/Dkrca7fr9R
It can’t feel good to lose to the two hysterically crazy people pictured above. But that’s exactly what happened. We saw previews of this last week, as many of Fox News’ hard news shows started losing to CNN and MSNBC. There was a time when Fox News dominated the ratings so thoroughly that you could go through nearly every time slot and crown them the winner. Those days appear to be over. I don’t think there’s anyway to spin this positively.
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