After contentious negotiations that went down to the wire, a mainstay of the prime-time lineup at MSNBC has signed an extension. Lawrence O’Donnell, whose current deal was reportedly set to expire Sunday, confirmed on Twitter that he will remain with the network.
“MSNBC would have surely taken a ratings hit by losing O’Donnell,” TVNewser notes. “In May, the longtime MSNBC contributor-turned-host finished as the 6th most-watched cable news show among total viewers, and No. 3 among the advertiser-coveted A25-54 demo. With a strong lead-in from Rachel Maddow, O’Donnell came in first in the 10 p.m. hour in the demo, ahead of FNC’s Sean Hannity.”