Morning Joe Was a Top 5 Cable News Program on Friday

By A.J. Katz 

Viewers flocked to MSNBC’s Morning Joe this past Friday to see co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough address the personal attacks on them made by the President of the United States the previous morning.

Morning Joe co-host Willie Geist opened Friday’s broadcast by saying that his fellow co-hosts were supposed to have the day off, but that they decided to appear on the episode to address the matter during the 7 a.m. hour.

“They stayed home to lay low and I called and asked them to come in this morning to address this, to talk about the tweets and the reaction to them so they agreed to do so,” Geist said. “I suspect we have some new viewers this morning.”


Geist was right.

Friday’s ratings have arrived, and Morning Joe was the No. 1 cable news morning show on the day in all relevant metrics, including among adults 25-54 and total viewers. This is an extremely rare achievement for the program. Fox News’s Fox & Friends has dominated the time period for years, but slipped to second place on this particular morning. CNN New Day finished a distant third.

Here’s a cable news ratings breakdown for the Friday, 6 – 9 a.m. ET time period:

  • Total Viewers: MSNBC:  1.662M / Fox News: 1.562M / CNN: 582k
  • A25-54 Viewers: MSNBC: 408k / Fox News: 353k / CNN: 209k

Morning Joe was also the No. 5 program across all of cable news on Friday among adults 25-54. MSNBC colleague Rachel Maddow had the top show of the day in the demo (473,000), followed by Fox News’s prime time trio of Hannity (442,000), Tucker Carlson Tonight (432,000) and The Five (414,000).