CNN’s Jake Tapper Keeps the Ratings Up; MSNBC’s Alex Wagner Falling

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Returning NBC honcho Andy Lack will have his hands full–most notably with the future of the network’s flagship newscast, “NBC Nightly News,” and its currently suspended anchor and managing editor, Brian Williams

But there are other fires burning that will need immediate attention, and one of them is MSNBC, where ratings are down overall, and in some hours, the declines are worrisome. At 4 p.m., “Now with Alex Wagner” has a year-to-date average of just 51,000 viewers in the critical A25-54 demo. That represents a decline of -54% from the same period a year ago.

A television rule of thumb has it that shows dipping under 100k in the demo are considered at risk of cancellation. “Now” has not broken 100k in the demo since January 23. The show delivered a mere 15k in the demo on February 13, and 21k in the demo just last week, on March 6.

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Source: TVNewser | Mark Joyella