(DailyVantage.com) – Earlier this year, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow announced she would be taking a hiatus from her self-named show on the network to focus on other projects, namely books and a podcast. She finally returned the week of April 15, after a 5-week absence, but she had a bombshell for her viewers; she’ll be reducing her workload beginning in May.
On Monday, April 11, Maddow returned to “The Rachel Maddow Show” and immediately announced she would be scaling back her appearances to Mondays only, starting May 2nd. She also said the change might not happen, and they would “see how things go.”
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This news, no doubt, comes as a blow to the network, which struggled in her absence. In the first week of her hiatus, ratings dropped 29%. MSNBC’s ratings dropped 48% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to last year. The biggest hit came in the 25 to 54 age demographic, which saw a 60% decline compared to 2021.
In addition to losing one of its main draws, MSNBC is also likely to lose money. Maddow reportedly earns $30 million per year with the network, and it’s unclear whether her reduced workload will affect this pay.
A rotating list of hosts will fill her slot from Tuesday to Thursday.
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