Maddow, who has consistently vied for the first or second top-rated cable news program, was sixth on Monday evening, down almost 500,000 total viewers from the previous Monday, as was MSNBC’s second top-rated program in primetime, The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell.
Maddow had consistently beat on the Trump and Russia collusion story, so when Mueller’s report dismissed that notion she was left to defend and discuss her failed line of reasoning.
As expected, Fox News had much better ratings, with Tucker Carlson getting a boost.
Chances are, it won’t last. The political winds will shift again and blow favorably for MSNBC and Maddow, probably when President Trump says the next controversial thing.