Rachel Maddow plans to return from her MSNBC hiatus on April 11.
Maddow has been absent from her nightly The Rachel Maddow Show since early February when she said that she was taking a break to work on a movie version of her Bag Man podcast and other projects. She said that there “may eventually be another hiatus again sometime in my future, but for now, we’re just taking it one step at a time.”
Maddow signed a multi-year agreement with NBCUniversal and MSNBC last year, but there have been reports that she plans to scale back her nightly schedule. Nothing official has been announced, but that would leave a big gap in the network’s primetime schedule.
Maddow is the network’s most-watched personality, and the ratings for her show have dropped with fill-in hosts. In the first quarter, The Rachel Maddow Show averaged 1.84 million viewers, compared to 3.6 million in the same period in 2021.
Maddow told viewers in February that “as you can tell I’m nervous about all this, it’s a change in my life, but it’s all for the good.”
Maddow did return on Feb. 24 to host The Rachel Maddow Show to cover the breaking news of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and also hosted on Feb. 28, the day before President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address. She joined Joy Reid and Nicolle Wallace for coverage of Biden’s speech the next night.