And the Real Winner of the Election Season Is …

Photo of Rachel Maddow from The New York Times

MSNBC/Air America’s Rachel Maddow. She struck while the iron was mighty hot and has benefited tenfold.

From The New York Times:

Rachel Maddow, a woman who does not own a television set, has done something that is virtually unheard of: she has doubled the audience for a cable news channel’s 9 p.m. hour in a matter of days.

More important for her bosses at MSNBC is that “The Rachel Maddow Show,” her left-leaning news and commentary program, has averaged a higher rating among 25- to 54-year-olds than “Larry King Live” on CNN for 13 of the 25 nights she has been host. While the average total audience of her program remains slightly smaller than that of Mr. King’s, Ms. Maddow, 35, has made MSNBC competitive in that time slot for the first time in a decade. The channel at that hour has an average viewership of 1.7 million since she started on Sept. 8, compared with 800,000 before.

Couldn’t have happened to a better woman. Or Power Lesbian. Can’t have too many of those. Maddow’s secret power is “likability” and “smarts.”

8 thoughts on “And the Real Winner of the Election Season Is …

  1. Rachel’s got my vote. I always liked her commentary even when she was doing the talk show circuit. I’m impressed with her maturity and poise most of all. She looks younger than 35 and is very tough, not to mention being awfully smart and funny. I unfairly assumed she was a lesbian from the start, so I’m not surprised to learn she really is one. It’s very refreshing that she doesn’t have an ego like Keith Olbermann and Nancy Grace, which is killing their shows.

  2. I love Rachel Maddow. And I’m glad she is getting the love she deserves. Very smart and funny. She and Keith are great friends in my head. LOL

  3. i’m a recent convert to MSNBC after i got sick of cnn and their incessant repetition of the same 2 stories. between Keith O and Rachel M, i’m glad i made the switch

  4. She badly needs to get rid of the guy at the end of the show. It’s just copying a horrid idea from Countdown. Keith routinely brings in the painfully unfunny Michael Musto and he seems like his redheaded clone.I love the show but she needs to finish it up with her own pop culture take. She’s funnier than he is.

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