via press release:
STATEMENT REGARDING KEITH OLBERMANN
MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract. The last broadcast of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" will be this evening. MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC's success and we wish him well in his future endeavors.
Update: here are the associated schedule changes:
“THEWITH LAWRENCE O’DONNELL” MOVES TO 8 PM ET
‘THE’ MOVES TO 10 PM ET
NEW YORK – January 21, 2011 – Starting Monday, January 24, “Thewith Lawrence O’Donnell” will move to 8 p.m. ET/PT and “The ,” hosted by Ed Schultz, will move to 10 p.m. ET/PT on MSNBC. The announcement was made today by Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC. “The ” will continue to air live at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Since its debut in October 2010 at 10 p.m.ET, “Thewith Lawrence O’Donnell” has been a strong addition to the MSNBC primetime line-up. In the forth quarter of 2010, the show’s first full quarter on the air, “The ” ranked #2 among A25-54 and total viewers beating CNN’s “ ” in all key demos and had MSNBC’s strongest A25-54 performance in the 10 p.m. time period since the first quarter of 2009.
“The” launched in April 2009 at 6 p.m. ET on MSNBC. 2010 marked the best total viewer performance in the 6 p.m. ET hour ever for MSNBC, with “The ” ranked #2 in both A25-54 and total viewers for the full year. “The ” averaged 643,000 viewers in 2010 and 158,000 among viewers 25-54, while CNN’s “ ” averaged 542,000 total viewers and 149,000 in the 25-54 demographic. Ed was up 8% in A25-54 and up 20% in total viewers, while CNN has dropped –28% in A25-54 and –29% in total viewers.
Also starting Monday, Cenk Uygur, MSNBC contributor and host of the popular web show “The Young Turks,” will be filling in as host of the 6 p.m ET hour