Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sharpton to replace Uygur?


Cenk Uygur was thrust onto the MSNBC schedule in January, when Keith Olbermann‘s departure set in motion several host changes on the progressive channel’s lineup.

Now TVNewser hears Uygur may be moved out of the 6pm hour, possibly to be replaced by Al Sharpton. When the host changes happened earlier this year, the 6pm hour was simply known as “MSNBC Live,” a telling sign that MSNBC was trying out Uygur.

Sharpton has hosted the 6pm show for the last two weeks. This past week, the hour was second, to Fox News, in A25-54 viewers Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

This would be fascinating for several reasons. First of all, with Olbermann gone, this would mean MSNBC is getting rid of yet another poutrager.

And most of us have been seeing how Sharpton has been taking on taking on folks like Cornel West lately.

Finally its interesting that Sharpton improved Uygur's ratings in the key demographic. Perhaps MCNBC is starting to notice that there's an audience out here that would like some intelligent commentary.


  1. Please, please, pretty please?
    I NEVER watched MSNBC live until Sharpton started hosting.

    He's a little rusty but I think his delivery would start flowing the longer he does it. Ed was like that in the beginning, if I recall correctly. So was Rachel and Lawrence O.

    If he is the new host, they can count on me as a viewer. I can't stand listening to Cenk.

  2. If it happens, the headline should read:

    Poutrager replaced with actual progressive.


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