Alex Wagner draws 2 million viewers for MSNBC primetime show debut

alex wagnerdebut as msnbcTuesday to Friday successor of Rachel Maddow Attracted an estimated 2 million viewers.

It was a solid number for the network, and its most-watched show on Tuesday. But Fox News’ Hannity Still won Timelot with 3.1 million, a figure higher than its two cable news rivals combined. CNN Tonight 866,000 posted.

Wagner’s audience for 2.75 million is a 27% drop Rachel Maddow Show on Monday. But that doesn’t equate to a drop in MSNBC’s live viewership from last Tuesday to Friday, MSNBC Prime, which featured a rotating series of hosts. Maddow has been MSNBC’s top-rated show, and is the only non-Fox News show to have made it to the top five cable news shows in the past month.

After signing a new contract with NBCUniversal last year, Maddow announced in the spring that she was cutting her schedule to one night a week.

25-54 in the demo, Hannity topped with 404,000 spectators, compared to 183,000 and 176,000 for Alex Wagner CNN tonight.

Figures are from Nielsen.

Wagner’s first show guest was Mark Leibovich, Representatives Adam Kizinger (R-IL) and Joyce Vance, and also included updates on the return from the Wyoming primary in which Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) lost her bid for re-election. was given. Steve Kornacki provided the analysis.

In July, Rachel Maddow Show 2.39 million viewers on average, enough to crack the top five shows in the hour while remaining the week, said MSNBC Prime, 1.42 million on average. 25-54 in the demo, Rachel Maddow average 230,000 while MSNBC Prime 134,000 Posted. Leading the time, as it has been for a while, was Fox News’ HannityWhich averaged 2.53 million viewers and 343,000 in the 25–54 demos.

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