MSNBC, the cable network that hosts the most news and opinion programs, has long been known for being one of the most trusted news sources in the country, but the ratings on MSNBC have been on the decline for some time now.
According to Nielsen, the average viewership on MSNBC in March was just 3.8 million.
That’s down from 3.9 million in March of 2016.
But in a new report, the ratings company says the decline is due to a number of factors including the 2016 election, as well as an ongoing investigation into the 2016 murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
“With the election coming up and the ongoing investigation, there’s been a lot of focus on the ratings, and a lot less attention to what MSNBC is actually doing and who it’s actually hiring,” said Kyle Kondik, an analyst at the ratings firm Nielsen.
“So it’s become a much smaller segment of the TV-watching audience, and that’s really the key to this year.
The ratings are very important, but they’re not the only thing that matters.”
Among the shows on the list of MSNBC’s top-10 most-watched programs are the most-viewed shows on cable news, and it’s hard to argue with those numbers.
MSNBC has a robust portfolio of programming, including the nightly news shows The Rachel Maddow Show, The Chris Hayes Show, Morning Joe and Hardball, as the latest addition to the network.
But MSNBC also hosts the popular weekly The Rachel Miller Show, which brings to life the stories of the week from around the country.
MSNBC also carries The Young Turks, a show that highlights the political and cultural commentary of the day.
While MSNBC has historically been a powerhouse in ratings, its viewership has dropped off dramatically in recent years.
In March of last year, MSNBC averaged 8.9 percent of the total audience, down from 10.5 percent in 2016.
That decline was due to the election of President Donald Trump, as he took over as the Republican candidate.
But it was also driven by the rise of alternative media and the 2016 Presidential election.
In addition to declining ratings, MSNBC also recently announced that it would be cutting more than 1,000 positions in the coming months.
MSNBC’s news division announced the decision to cut about 700 jobs in its news division and about 700 in the news and talk departments, according to Variety.
That move was reportedly made in order to better focus on new programming that is geared toward young viewers.
“We are making the tough decisions that we need to make in order for us to remain a news organization that delivers the best journalism to the American people,” said MSNBC in a statement.
“The future of the news division will be determined in the months ahead by the decisions we make and the actions we take.”
Read moreNew York Magazine’s Matt Levine has written a fascinating profile on MSNBC that examines its history and how it has changed.
He argues that MSNBC’s declining ratings and loss of audience following the election may have played a role in MSNBC’s decision to leave its local news division.
Levine also notes that the network’s recent news coverage has also taken a turn toward more partisan news.
Read moreMore to come…