Buoyed by last week’s tsunami of news related to President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation, TRMS was the most-watched program on cable again as the work week ended. Airing at the 9 PM ET/6 PM PT. it drew 2.62 million viewers, beating out Fox News’ Hannity and Tucker Carlson Tonight. That was down from near-record number of 3.89 million on Tuesday — when the Paul Manafort verdict came in and Michael Cohen surrendered to the FBI before implicating Trump in a federal crime — and also a dip from the Maddow-hosted Wednesday and Thursday airings.
The Bob Mueller-fueled rising tide lifted all of MSNBC’s boats last week, making it the No. 1 cable news channel in all dayparts Friday. It also led all comers in the 8-11 PM prime daypart in total viewers and the 25-54 news demo for the fourth consecutive night.
The outlet also grabbed five of the top 10 cable shows is total viewers Friday, with TRMS lead-out The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (No. 4), Maddow lead-in All In with Chris Hayes (No. 6), The 11th Hour with Brian Williams (No. 7) and Hardball with Chris Matthews (No. 8).