Progressive cable news network MSNBC often decries President Trump's acts, but they're definitely applauding the ratings he's giving them since he fired FBI Director Comey.
MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell patted himself on the back on social media for their success, and added, "Thanks for your support. We need it."
Last night @maddow was #1 rated show in all of cable tv, not just cable news. @TheLastWord was #2. Thanks for your support. We need it.— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence O'Donnell) 1494622454.0
Fox News has dominated the cable news ratings for more than a decade, but the network has struggled of late with many lawsuits alleging sexual harassment and racial discrimination. They've also retooled their scheduling after Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson left the network, followed by the exit from Bill O'Reilly.
The Hollywood Reporter called the gains 'unprecedented':
MSNBC easily topped Thursday in primetime among adults 25-54 with an average 635,000 viewers in the key news demo across the three-hour block. Maddow led all of cable news, with 734,000 demo viewers and 2.87 million viewers, but the most interesting victory might be the one Brian Williams' scored in late-night. His 11 p.m. show, which trailed lead-in Lawrence O'Donnell for No. 3 status in all of cable news last night, actually outperformed Fox News' Tucker Carlson by 12 percent among adults 25-54.
Fox News' popular show The Five moved from their 5 PM slot after shedding Eric Bolling who was given his own show with Kat Timpf and Eboni Williams co-hosting. The Five improved in the adults 25-54 demographic from its lead-in show, Tucker Carlson who took over for Bill O'Reilly.
Stephen Colbert also saw a ratings surge since his very controversial comments insulting Trump with what many saw as a homophobic joke.