(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Rachel Maddow, the far-left MSNBC news anchor that always seems to be publicly wrangling with the network about her paycheck and her desire to leave and do “artistic” projects, has been off the network for around a week now. She’s taking time off to work on a movie with none other than Ben Stiller – and it seems as though her viewers actually miss her.
The 9pm Rachel Maddow Show is still on the air, but while Maddow is away it is being hosted by Ali Velshi. Last week, the show saw a 26% drop in its average viewers. It also saw a 24% drop in viewers in the important 25-54 age range that advertisers want to see from news channels.
The show attracted an average of 1.55 million viewers between February 7 and 11, with just 177,000 in the right age demographic.
But between January 31 and February 4, Maddow pulled in an average of 2.09 million total viewers and some 234,000 in the right age demographic.
It means that people really do tune in to see Maddow – whether it’s to hear her insight and take it seriously, or to laugh at it. Nobody really knows, but what we can say with certainty is that MSNBC must be mad about paying her $30 million a year…only to disappear for days and weeks at a time.
While Maddow is popular, she still isn’t reaching Fox News levels. The conservative-leaning news channel bags significantly higher numbers than MSNBC, with Sean Hannity’s 9pm program attracting 2.85 million viewers on average in the same week Maddow pulled in 2.09 million.