However, MSNBC was at 2.13m, just 230,000 viewers behind, and the closest it has come to bettering Fox in 17 years.
CNN had 961,000 viewers, according to the Nielsen company.
“I'm grateful for it,” Maddow said one recent afternoon.
“It is nice for me that it is happening at a time when I feel we are doing some of our best work.” Those two things - ratings success and Maddow's pride in the work - don't always intersect.
“Her approach to reality and the president's couldn't be further apart,” said Jeff Cohen, an Ithaca University professor and liberal activist.