Score one for the free market. Six months ago MSNBC hired Greta Van Susteren to host an early evening hour program. It was a peculiar choice considering the network’s success with their more progressive personalities in primetime. There was never a good case to be made for a former Fox News host succeeding on MSNBC. Their existing audience surely wasn’t clamoring for more Fox-style news analysis. And no one who watches Fox would be caught dead tuning in to MSNBC.
Nevertheless, the network’s management took the plunge. An apt metaphor considering how deep the ratings for Van Susteren’s show sank. The show was virtual sinkhole in the schedule. Both its lead-in and lead-out had more viewers and better ratings. People were clearly changing the channel when Van Susteren’s show started.
Van Susteren’s weakness occurred while the rest of the network’s program’s were soaring to record highs. Rachel Maddow has frequently beaten her Fox News competition and landed at the top of all cable news programming. The same is true for her colleague Lawrence O’Donnell. Van Sustern wasn’t even performing as well as Maddow’s and O’Donnell’s repeats.
So after six months, MSNBC management has seen the light and diplomatically announced a parting of the ways. Network president Phil Griffin said:
“MSNBC and Greta Van Susteren have decided to part ways. Greta is a well-regarded television veteran and one of only a few broadcasters who can say they’ve hosted shows at all three major cable news networks. We are grateful to her and wish her the best.”
Griffin also revealed that Van Susteren’s time slot will be filled by Ari Melber. Melber is the network’s legal analyst and host of the weekend show The Point. He has also been a frequent fill-in host for several of the network’s programs. He should be a capable, if not exciting, addition to the schedule. On the down side, he’s just another cable news white guy. Weekend anchor Joy Reid would have been a better, and more stimulating, choice.
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It remains to be seen if MSNBC has realized the folly of their ways. They recently hired or promoted other right-wingers like Hugh Hewitt, Bret Stephens, Charlie Sykes, and George Will. And their big get, Fox News star Megyn Kelly, is already off to a disastrous start. Her NBC Sunday Night show premiered to abysmal ratings and went down from there. NBC execs are already somewhat frantic that she will kill the Today Show when she debuts in September. Time will tell.
3 thoughts on “Ex-Fox News Anchor Greta Van Susteren’s Failing MSNBC Show is Abruptly Canceled”
Too bad, I felt she was moving toward fact-based news–suspicious as I was.
Left or right, success should be measured in fact-based news reporting. It does not have to be bland or too long as in PBS, but it has to represent the span of “credible” view points ( and who funds those view points.)
Sorry that she ran out of time and that the environment demands instant “proof of intent.” We have no time to waste right now in uncovering the truth. No time at all, as we will discover.
Trying to be Fox-lite is a losing proposition. The decisions these executives make are astoundingly srupid.
I NEVER watched Greta’s show at 6pm. I deliberately boycotted that show because she is a racist-conservative transplant from Fox. I started watching and LIKING W Blitzer on CNN. ALL of the conservatives hired by MSNBC will eventually fail. We the devoted progressive cable news watching public who like and respect R Madow, L O’Donnell, C Hayes, JA Reid and even C Mathews, WILL turn off the television or turn to MSNBC’s competitor CNN when their new conservative talking heads are given air play. These people tell silly, improbable lies on air and sound stupid, uninformed, clone-like, and trumpian-brainwashed. They are NOT adding value to any news program. The MSNBC administrators and owners need to wake up and stop throwing money at these losers before people like me get disgusted and turn them off all together. Oh, and by the way, Ari Melber is a boring “climber” who isn’t even near the pedigree of Joy Anne Reid in terms of on air personality, news reporting, handling multiple guests with varying viewpoints, journalistic integrity, etc. – BUT you keep promoting everyone else over her. Why is that MSNBC?
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