Maddow Scores Ratings Win on Monday Night

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow scored a big cable news ratings win on Monday night, continuing an upward trend for the liberal host in the Donald Trump era.

According to TV Newser, "The Rachel Maddow Show" won the coveted 25-to-54 demographic on Monday with 585,000 viewers, trouncing her closest rival, 8 p.m. ET's "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on Fox News (455,000), and her 9 p.m. Fox competitor "The Five" (441,000).

She finished with 2.56 million total viewers for the night, also topping other cable news shows.

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Sparked by a boost in liberal viewership in response to Trump's presidency, MSNBC had its best quarter ever in the beginning of 2017. According to TV Newser, it had a 61-percent spike in primetime viewership over the same period in 2016. Maddow also ranked no. 1 in cable news shows in March in the 25-to-54 demographic.

Maddow's rise comes at a time of major upheaval at Fox News. Perennial ratings champion Bill O'Reilly was fired last month amid a flurry of sexual harassment allegations, and Megyn Kelly left in January to join NBC.

Fox has been forced to reshuffle its primetime lineup as a result, with Carlson moving to O'Reilly's old 8 p.m. slot, and "The Five" going from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.