April Fool’s Day saw two cable news networks debuting shows – though one likely isn’t laughing very much and MSNBC’s All In hosted by Chris Hayes is probably very happy. With little promotion and announced just hours before its debut on Monday, the 10 PM premiere on CNN of (Get To) The Point saw a sharp drop from the Anderson Cooper 360 repeat that usually sits in the time slot. The second new show of the Jeff Zucker regime, The Point pulled in 278,000 total viewers and 80,000 in the Adult 25-54 demo. Intended right now to run for just one week, the panel show was down 45% from the AC360 encore in total audience from the same day last year and off 52% in the demographic. It was third in viewership and demo on the slot behind Fox News Channel’s On The Record With Greta Van Susteren and MSNBC’s The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell. In fact, last night’s The Point was the lowest rated show in CNN’s 10 PM ET slot in both total viewers and the demo all year.
The latest development in MSNBC‘s line-up shuffle comes days after Chris Hayes‘ move to weeknights and Ed Schultz‘s departure from primetime to weekends. Steve Kornacki, Salon writer and co-host of the network’s weekday afternoon show The Cycle, will step into Hayes’s slot as host of Up, according to MSNBC.com. The show airs Saturdays and Sundays from 8 to 10 AM ET.
This is the other MSNBC shoe we were waiting to hear drop following Ed Schultz’s announcement last night that he’s leaving his weeknight 8 PM/ET slot in April. Chris Hayes‘ show is moving to weeknights from 5-7 PM/ET. No word yet on what will replace Up With Chris Hayes, which runs weekends at 8 AM/ET. Here’s today’s release:
“Chris has done an amazing job creating a franchise on weekend morning,” said Griffin. “He’s an extraordinary talent and has made a strong connection with our audience. This is an exciting time for MSNBC.”
“I am thrilled to be joining Rachel and Lawrence in primetime,” said Hayes. “I’ve absolutely loved hosting UP on the weekends and I’m looking forward to thinking through the news five nights a week.”
Chris Hayes (The Whispering Dead), Gabriela Dias (Tomorrow’s End), and Scott Campbell (Brokeback Mountain) have signed on as actors and producers for director Daniel Rantas’ thriller Killing Angels that is set to begin shooting this summer in Los Angeles, Prague and Germany. Busted Knuckle Productions founder Hunter G. Williams wrote the script for the thriller, which has elements of drama and is set in the seedy underworld of the sex trade. It centers on children who are exploited until a new rogue military group takes justice into their own hands. L.A.-based Busted Knuckle focuses on thriller/horror films with 14 titles attached to its label to date.
MSNBC today named Al Sharpton as host of PoliticsNation, a new hourlong program topped by the civil rights activist and minister that will air weeknights at 6 PM ET, kicking off the network’s evening schedule. MSNBC president Phil Griffin made the announcement about the show, on which Sharpton “will lead a lively and informed discussion of the top headlines, bringing viewers his take on events in his signature style.” It debuts Monday. The move to bring in Sharpton had been expected as he already was guest-hosting in the hour, filling the slot vacated last month when the network jettisoned Cenk Uygur after it “decided to make a change.” (Later, Uygur claimed he was told to “tone it down” and bring in more Republican guests, prompting him to walk away; at the TCAs, Griffin said he would welcome Uygur back.) MSNBC has been busy shoring up its lineup, inking a multi-year deal with Rachel Maddow and adding The Nation editor Chris Hayes as host of a weekend news block.
NEW YORK – August 1, 2011 – MSNBC contributor Chris Hayes has been added to the network’s weekend lineup as the host of a new weekend morning show. The program, with a focus on politics, will be live on Saturdays from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. ET and Sundays from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. ET starting September 17. The announcement was made today by MSNBC President Phil Griffin. Hayes, a frequent substitute host for “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” will continue as an MSNBC contributor and will remain part of The Nation as Editor-at-Large.