The Rachael Maddow Show on MSNBC, a left-leaning program of news and commentary, is breaking records for popularity in its first month on television.
The show has doubled MSNBC's audience in its time slot, and is approaching the ratings level of its veteran competition, CNN's Larry King Show.
Ms. Maddow broadcast one of the first segments of her show here in Ithaca last month, after a broadcast of her Air America radio show before an audience at the State Theater.
Ms. Maddow's regular criticism of Bush and McCain policies seems to have found the same kind of fervent audience nationwide as in Ithaca.
Ms. Maddow exposure to Ithacans might be stronger on her radio show than on MSNBC. Ithaca is a notoriously untelevision-centric place.
It's a trait that Ithaca and Ms. Maddow have in common. Despite her new stardom, Ms. Maddow reports that she does not own a television set.
for Ithaca Blog