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Chuck Todd May Be Axed Amid ‘Meet The Press’ Ratings Slump

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Longtime NBC News anchor Chuck Todd could be fighting for his job as his show “Meet the Press” has seen its ratings plummet amid a recent shakeup at the network.

Todd was essentially demoted recently when the network moved his “Meet the Press Daily” to a streaming-only option for viewers and changed the name to “Meet the Press Now.”

Todd has remained as the host of its flagship Sunday show “Meet the Press,” but a new report suggests that his days may be numbered there, as well.

According to a report from The Daily Beast, the executive producer of “Meet the Press” is being moved over to the streaming side as the Sunday cable show has plummeted in ratings.

“John Reiss, who had been EP for the last eight years, was officially punted over to the NBC News Now streaming service, and David P. Gelles, a long-time CNN producer who helped develop the now-defunct CNN+ streamer, was parachuted in to help fix the sinking show, which is down 21 percent in total viewership and 24 percent in the key advertising demographic compared to last year—more than any of the other Sunday politics shows,” the Daily Beast reported.

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“Gelles’ first order of business, multiple sources said, is deciding what to do about Chuck Todd, who despite recently signing a two-year extension, as Confider has learned, has baffled many at NBC with how long he’s remained atop the struggling show,” the report added.

Other insiders reportedly told the Beast that Todd remains unpopular with viewers and that maybe he is the reason the show’s ratings have sunk.

“At what point does anyone have the balls to say ‘Maybe the problem is the face of it’?” one Meet the Press source said.

MSNBC is in shambles.

Rachel Maddow, the network’s top host, is only hosting her show once a week while she’s off working on “other projects.” Her ratings have dropped significantly in her absence, as well.

Nicolle Wallace, a supposed “Republican,” has seen her ratings crater. In the last year, her show is down 6 percent in total viewership. Over two years, her show is down 32 percent.

However, far-left host Joy Reid is facing rumors that she may be on her way out. Reid’s show has plummeted in recent months and, in particular, since it first launched almost two years ago.

“The Reid Out,” which airs at 7 PM ET, did not break 950,000 total viewers.

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For comparison, “Jesse Watters Primetime” on Fox News hit almost 2.3 million total viewers in the same time slot. CNN’s Erin Burnett came in third place with roughly 583,000 total cable news viewers.

Reid’s show has been struggling for many months and executives are well aware.

“The premiere of The ReidOut on July 20, 2020, set a network record when 2.6 million viewers tuned in to watch the episode, becoming the most-watched show on its debut on MSNBC for the 7 p.m. ET time slot. That night, Joy Reid beat Martha MacCallum’s The Story on Fox News by a margin of 23% as well as Erin Burnett Outfront on CNN by 99%, effectively winning the slot on all of the cable news. Since then, the show has consistently ranked in the top 20 cable news programs, gaining much higher ratings than Hardball with Chris Matthews,” Cable News reported.

Since then, her ratings have cratered in total views as well as in the coveted 25-54 demo.

Back in April, Reid’s show posted its lowest-rated month ever, shedding 51% of its debut audience from 2020.

Her show finished April with its smallest monthly audience ever since the program began nearly two years ago.

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