MSNBC fill-in host and host of web show The Young Turks Cenk Uygur gets profiled in the Los Angeles Times.
The profile touches upon the success of the web program, but also notes that Uygur has been outdrawing the man he has been filling in for at MSNBC, Dylan Ratigan.
Cable executives hope fill-in hosts can at best hold on to the audiences they inherit. But MSNBC insiders said they believe Uygur did so well because many of those who watch his three-hour weekday Web program, (3 to 6 p.m. PDT) or clips on his YouTube channel jumped to MSNBC when Ratigan was out.
Spud at Inside Cable News noticed the kind words from MSNBC president Phil Griffin (Uygur is “part of our family” and will get “more and more” airtime) and gave his take:
Read between the lines and you get the impression Uygur is destined for an MSNBC program. But the questions are when and at what time? If Uygur is turning in those kinds of numbers as a fill-in it will put the heat on everyone else who isnâ€™t.