May 22, 2017

MSNBC won primetime last week for the first time ever

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MSNBC ranked number one in both total viewers and the 25-54 advertising demographic during primetime last week for the first time ever. Per Variety, Fox took the number three spot in the demo for the week (CNN took second) — its longest streak in last place in 17 years.

Why it matters: Turbulence at Fox coupled with chaos in the Trump Administration are hurting Fox's ratings, especially among younger viewers. MSNBC has been edging in on Fox's lead overall, due in large part to the 9 p.m. hour with Rachel Maddow. While MSNBC has seen notable gains over the past several weeks as White House scandals have escalated, their success is part of a broader trend. Fox ratings have been steadily decreasing over the last three months, while MSNBC's have been rising.

In response to a decline in ratings, ousted Fox News host Bill O'Reilly told Glenn Beck Friday, "Fox News has a problem ... and it doesn't look like FNC has a plan."

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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Coronavirus updates: South Korea case count tops 2,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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