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Ed Schultz will move back to weekdays in the 5 p.m. slot beginning Aug. 26, the network is set to announce on Monday. The move comes less than five months after The Ed Show moved from 8 p.m. Monday-Friday to 5-7 p.m. on weekends. That announcement last March was preceded by months of media speculation that Schultz was losing the leadoff slot in MSNBC's primetime lineup. Schultz made the announcement on his show, saying there were "a number of personal and professional reasons" for the move to weekends.

"Ed has proven himself no matter where we've put him," MSNBC president Phil Griffin told The Hollywood Reporter.

You got that right Mr. Griffin.  Ed Schultz is one of MSNBC's certified ass kickers.  As in, he fights for workers rights all the time and in addition, has provided more coverage on this issue than the brain dead CNN or even Fox News (like heck Fox News would ever cover anything on workers rights).

Also, the timing couldn't have been better as MSNBC has struggled a bit in the ratings:

The changes also comes as MSNBC is battling ratings declines in July and its worst second-quarter finish in primetime since 2009. Like it did in the second quarter, the NBCUniversal-owned cable news channel finished July behind Fox News Channel and CNN. In ratings for the total day, MSNBC was also bested by CNN sister channel HLN in the second quarter. With a newsy second quarter marked by the Boston Marathon bombings and the Jody Arias trial, CNN and HLN both saw ratings increases. CNN was up 50 percent in total viewers and 78 percent in viewers ages 25-54.

Meanwhile, Chris Hayes, who inherited Schultz's 8 p.m. slot, has struggled along with the rest of the network. For the second quarter -- Hayes' first full quarter on the air -- All In With Chris Hayes declined to MSNBC's lowest demo number in the 8 p.m. slot since 2006.

I'll be frank, really like Chris Hayes.  He's full of two brains instead of one and is a living, breathing book of knowledge and analysis.  However, he's never struck me as the kind of host that gives the fighting power and entertaining personality quite like Ed Schultz.  There have been moments where I just down right smiled at Schultz for making fun of the GOP in ways no other person on MSNBC has (except maybe Rachel Maddow).

Here's a sampling of what we're missing on the weekdays and what we have to look forward to on the weekends:

And amazingly, enough, Ed Schultz is set back to return on MSNBC at the 5 pm time slot as soon as this coming Monday.  No more having to wait for him on the weekends now!

Ed, welcome back.  We've missed you man!


Ready for Ed Schultz to resume kicking ass on the weekdays?

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  •  Ooooooooohhhhhhh! (3+ / 0-)
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    leonard145b, kaliope, northerntier

    Hell, YES!.......:o)


    May today be greater than yesterday, and tomorrow be greater than both! Go Ravens!

    by secret38b on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 06:09:27 PM PDT

  •  The World Needs the US to Have More Eds (9+ / 0-)

    We need more bluecollar appeal. It's not an either/or with Ed vs someone like Hayes or Maddow; they've got very different audience appeal.

    Personally I'd rather hear him on 500 high powered radio stations but I wish him and MSNBC the best on this.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 06:13:21 PM PDT

  •  Yay! Another cable pundit. (0+ / 0-)
  •  I always thought putting Hardball on... (0+ / 0-)

    at 5 and 7 was nuts. Unless there was big breaking news, it was the same show. It actually gives the audience who'd tuned in for the early version an incentive to leave.

    They also recycle content in the morning--repeating 6-7 material from 8-9.

    So this "major" cable network recycles content during a one hour block of the morning and afternoon drive, runs godawful prison porn and Chris Hansen gotcha shows all weekend and wonders why its ratings slip.

    Are they taking this seriously?

    The Ed Show at 5 is a step in the right direction--but a major caveat. That's a more traditional news time slot than 8. They'll need to retool the show a bit and provide coverage of what happened in the world while people were at work.

    In my honest opinion, if it's just an hour of Ed bitching about Republicans, the ratings will stay in the tank.

    I'll be happy to be wrong.

  •  Less Chris Matthews and more Ed is a good thing. (2+ / 0-)
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    There will be less spit to wipe off of the camera lenses for one.

  •  i don't watch much TV anymore. If there is a (1+ / 0-)
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    memorable moment on any of the shows someone shows a clip here.  

    having said that: Ed has the appeal of a populist: a straight speaking over the backyard fence friend.

    Chris Hayes appeals more to those who need/want nuanced more in depth discussion.  

    Both have their place.

    Dollarocracy is not Democracy

    by leema on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 07:00:19 PM PDT

  •  Ed's Return Is Predictable, (0+ / 0-)

    and welcome, news.  He provides a blue collar/middle class perspective on issues largely missing from other MSNBC shows.  And he's actually an entertaining television performer to boot.  Maddow and Hayes on the other hand, while obviously very bright, have a lecturing,
    condescending style that is difficult to take on an everyday basis

  •  I've taken MSNBC off my cable favorites (0+ / 0-)

    because there's just too little to watch there for me anymore.  It's all "Crazy republican shenanigans saying racist stuff and denying the law of gravity again!"

    It was funny the first thousand times.  It's not interesting, not funny, not as relevant as what's happening with the NSA, which MSNBC has almost completely swept under the rug.  The only two journalists not doing that (and only to a small degree) are Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow.)  Rachel talked about the Greenwald spouse airport thing tonight for the first seven minutes then quickly moved on to other things, so I guess that's all we're entitled to hear about it.  I get more on CNN's crawl.

    Al Jazeera English starts tomorrow.  Here's hoping it's good enough I don't have to look back.  If Ed will cover the NSA occassionally, I might come back.  I wont' come back for the latest news on the Rodeo Clown and bucktooth gravity-deniers.

    •  Really? (0+ / 0-)
      It's all "Crazy republican shenanigans saying racist stuff and denying the law of gravity again!"
      This is the biggest single news story of our time, imv.

      What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

      by Cpqemp on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 11:32:56 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  the 'Lame Stream Media' will not call the GOP (0+ / 0-)

      ...on its nonsensical idiocy and lunatic racism-fueled denial of reality, so somebody has to do it.

  •  I am glad he is back on week days. (0+ / 0-)

    He was originally in the 6pm slot before they moved him to later in the evening.  He will do well at 5pm.  This will give him time at night to be with his wife.  I will get to watch his clips earlier now on the computer.  

    The ratings have been down and it was time for Mathews to be in only one time slot.  I know there is many of us that don't have cable that watches MSNBC later when the clips are posted.  I just wonder if online viewers are counted.  I still have to sit through the same 2 commercials over and over again for weeks.

  •  Don't know about where you get MSNBC (0+ / 0-)

    But here in NYC Ed was only on from 5 to 6 PM.  I know he originally said 5 to 7 but that never happened here.

    Anyway, it's good that he's back on 5 days a week.  I'm not crazy about the time slot but I hope they repeat his show after Lawrence.  

    FYI, Matthews announced his time and show change today and he sounded upset so I'm sure it's not something he wanted to happen.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn.

    by Rosalie907 on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 08:23:52 PM PDT

  •  Ed's show Saturday was one of his best. (0+ / 0-)

    He takes it right to the haters.

    About Chris Hayes and the others on MSNBC. Comparing them to Fox or CNN is idiocy. One is more similar to a college lecture or discussion. The others (Fox) are more like supermarket tabloids. Dominated by science deniers, religious bigots, elderly and fearful. Not to mention every wacko-bird GOP has been.

    I'm not interested in sitting in a classroom full of low information dolts who aren't sure if Obama is the Antichrist. No joke.

    Not many folks will watch the lectures from Stanford and Leonard Susskind, either. What does that prove?

    What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

    by Cpqemp on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 08:30:27 PM PDT

  •  Ah, yes. (0+ / 0-)

    The cable television pundit that encouraged Democrats to stay home on Election Day in 2010. It's just worked out so goddam well, hasn't it?

    "Back off, man. I'm a scientist."
    -- Dr. Peter Venkman

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    by Eclectablog on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 08:34:40 PM PDT

  •  Good (1+ / 0-)
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    Big Eddie has a fire that Hayes frankly lacks.

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    by maxomai on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 10:52:42 PM PDT

  •  Yeah I'm happy that Ed is back!!!! I kept trying (0+ / 0-)

    to check the ratings for his weekend show but could never find them. This is GOOD!!!

    I heard Chris's announcement yesterday about going to 7 only. He wasn't as generous as I thought he should be. Said he was going to "ask" his audience to join him at 7. He never said anything like "our friend Ed is coming back to the weekday schedule". It sounded a little sour to me. I never understood the value of having Chris on 2 times.

    Anyone know what will happen to the 5 - 6 slot on Saturday?

    Wake Up Everybody!

    by slc215 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 06:56:44 AM PDT

  •  I'm really looking forward to (0+ / 0-)

    him getting back to weeknights. We're usually busy on weekends, so I don't see his show. One time I set the DVR and was disappointed he had a substitute both Saturday and Sunday.

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    by JamieG from Md on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 10:10:44 AM PDT

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