Hugh Hewitt's new MSNBC program to air on Saturday mornings: report

Hugh Hewitt's new MSNBC program to air on Saturday mornings: report
© Getty

MSNBC has reportedly scheduled conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt's new program for Saturdays at 8:00 a.m.

Hewitt, who hosts a nationally syndicated radio show on Salem Radio Networks and served as a periodic debate moderator for CNN during the 2016 presidential election primary season, will host a live 30-minute program on a weekly basis, according to a report by TVNewser.com.

The show's title will be "Hugh Hewitt," MSNBC said.

TVNewser.com reports that MSNBC will also be expanding programming to weekend nights, with Thomas Roberts anchoring a live news program on Saturday and Sunday evenings. A time has yet to be announced.

ADVERTISEMENT

For years, MSNBC aired the prison documentary program "Lockup" on weekends, but announced in January it would cancel the show after its final season ends. The network still shows repeats at 9:00 p.m. on weekend nights.

In recent weeks, MSNBC on weekend nights has aired repeats of "The Rachel Maddow Show" and "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell," which are the two highest-rated programs on the network.

The changes come as CNN and Fox News have beefed up their weekend night offerings.

The daily drama of the President Trump era continues to be ratings gold for all three of the major cable news networks, with combined viewing of Fox News, MSNBC and CNN up 33 percent through the first week of June compared with the same time in 2016, according to data from Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser.

All have responded accordingly by adding more live programming to weekends and the 11:00 p.m. timeslot on weekdays. 

--This report was updated at 11:30 a.m.