Thursday, April 23, 2009


Rachel Maddow is my favorite news person, Keith Olbermann comes in a close second with Jon Stewart right behind. I know, I know, Jon Stewart isn't a real news person, but that should tell you what I think about pretty much everyone else.

There was an article in Alter Net this morning on how Rachel is doing in the time slot she's in with viewership.

From Alter Net:


McClatchy profiles the success of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and concludes that “her intent is for those watching to actually learn something” from her show.

For March: "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" (#2 in the hour) is up 22% in the demo and up 30% in Total Viewers year-over-year. "The Rachel Maddow Show," in its seventh month, again topped CNN's "Larry King Live" in the demo, but was edged out by King in Total Viewers. "Maddow" is up 98% in Total Viewers and up 70% in the demo compared to the time slot's prior program, "Verdict with Dan Abrams."

"The Rachel Maddow Show" again out-rated CNN's "Larry King Live" among A25-54 in March (340,000 vs. 293,000), and finished within 50,000 total viewers (1,133,000 vs. 1,177,000). "The Rachel Maddow Show" was up 98 percent in total viewers compared to March 2008 (1,133,000 vs. 573,000) and up 70 percent in A25-54 (340,000 vs. 200,000).

Maddow said she does not like TV news shows that pit two talking heads against one another, a format she calls “boxing masquerading as news.” “I'm not going to tell anybody to shut up unless they say something about my mom,” she added. Maddow also explained that her show won’t be making too many adjustments in the wake of President Bush’s departure from office:

"So wherever there are bad ideas, I will find ways to make fun of them," Maddow says. "Sometimes, that's going to be bad Democratic ideas. It's going to be bad Republican ideas. It's just going to be bad ideas.

"So I don't worry about not having George Bush to beat up on anymore."


Bustednuckles said...

That lady is as smart as a whip and as cute as a bug's ear.

I freaking love her!

Grandpa Eddie said...

I love her, too, Busted.

The lady is fantastic!

A World Quite Mad said...

I liked Rachel when she was on the radio. She's a smart cookie :D

Grandpa Eddie said...

Yes she is AWQM.

Damn good journalist, too.

Anonymous said...

I'm a little uncomfortable with the article - comparing Rachel Maddow with Larry King is to me like comparing Maria Callas with my departed Aunt Mary. Kind of degrading to Ms. Maddow.
I've been on Rachael's bandwagon since the first time I saw her on the air.

Grandpa Eddie said...

jeg43 - I think the only reason they used LK was because his show is in the same time slot.

But I would be like comparing Johanna Krupp to my Great Aunt Katie, and she passed in 1971.