Rachel Maddow turned one of Trump’s worst days into one her show’s very best, leaving Fox News host Sean Hannity in her rearview mirror.
To say that Tuesday was a bad day for the White House and team Trump would be the understatement of the millennium.
As The Washington Post reported, “Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Manhattan courthouse to eight violations of banking, tax and campaign finance laws, telling a federal judge that he worked to silence two women before the 2016 election at the direction of then-candidate Trump,” adding that “When it came to the campaign finance violations, Cohen implicated the president directly. He told the court that he worked with Trump to pay off two women to keep their stories of alleged affairs with Trump from becoming public before Election Day.”
Continuing, The Washington Post reported that this was one of two legal dramas that played out today to the assumed detriment of team Trump:
Cable television played Cohen’s plea in an extraordinary legal split screen, as a Virginia jury convicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on eight counts in his bank and tax fraud trial.
The jury in Alexandria, Va., convicted Manafort on eight of the 18 tax and bank fraud charges against him and said it was deadlocked on the other 10.
And for the record: “Cohen is the fifth Trump associate to have pleaded guilty or be charged with criminal wrongdoing since Trump took office, including his former national security adviser, his deputy campaign chairman and a former campaign policy adviser.”
However, Tuesday turned out to be a great day for MSNBC‘s Rachel Maddow, with Deadline Hollywood reporting that, “Trump’s really bad Tuesday was one of Rachel Maddow’s best days ever.”
MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show was Tuesday’s most-watched cable program. Maddow’s 9 PM show scored 3.89 million viewers, 881K of them in the 25-54 age bracket. Maddow pounded her 9 PM cable news competitors in both metrics, including perennial front-runner Hannity on Fox News Channel (3.26M, 644K) and CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time (1.83M, 643K).
Indeed, Tuesday turned out to be a winning evening for much of MSNBC, Rachel Maddow’s leadout, Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell also edging out Hannity (3.339M, 682K).
Hardball with Chris Matthews, The 11th Hour with Brian Williams, All In with Chris Hayes, Chuck Todd’s MTP Daily and The Beat with Ari Melber all scored their biggest total-viewer stats ever….
MSNBC (3.3M, 709K) topped primetime among cable news networks, besting FNC (2.95M, 613K) and CNN (1.74M, 639K).
Below is an explosive segment from Maddow’s Tuesday night show: