Maddow Craters to Lowest Weekly Ratings of the Year After Mueller Conclusion

April 3, 2019 Updated: April 3, 2019

MSNBC primetime host Rachel Maddow brought in her worst weekly ratings of the year last week, following the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

News broke of Robert Mueller submitting his conclusion to Attorney General William Barr shortly before the close of business on Friday, March 22. Last week’s television ratings were the first full week of coverage since the conclusion of the investigation into whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials.

Throughout the week, Maddow averaged 2,458,000 viewers with 392,000 people in the key age demographic 25-54, both of which mark yearly lows for the liberal television host, according to Nielsen Media Research. The week before she averaged 2,716,000 viewers with 479,000 in the demo.

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Honoree Andrea Mitchell (L) and Rachel Maddow speak onstage at The International Women’s Media Foundation’s 28th Annual Courage In Journalism Awards Ceremony at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, on Oct. 18, 2017. (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for IWMF)

Further, Maddow lost half a million viewers from the Monday before the report was concluded to the Monday after (last Monday). Her ratings proceeded to drop another 200,000 viewers the next day.

(RELATED: Rachel Maddow Spends Opening Segment About Mueller Report On Verge Of Tears)

Maddow’s MSNBC show has long used the Russian collusion narrative to criticize the Trump administration. Last July, the MSNBC host accused Trump of serving the “interests of another country” following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

(RELATED: Fake News: Rachel Maddow Falsely Claims White House Edited Putin Tape)

Rachel Maddow Visits ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ at Rockefeller Center in New York City, on March 15, 2017. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC)

She also released a list of 15 questions that were bothering her about the summary Barr provided to Congress.

By comparison, Fox News primetime hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham had record weeks for 2019. Carlson averaged 3.5 million viewers and 625,000 in the demo (both record-breaking), while Ingraham got nearly 3 million viewers and the second highest-rated demo for the year (504,000). Sean Hannity had higher ratings than his Fox News colleagues but he did not best previous records for the week.

By Mike Brest | Reporter

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