The Ed Show

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This article is about the MSNBC show hosted by Ed Schultz. The Ed Show_sentence_0

For the radio show hosted by Ed Schultz, see The Ed Schultz Show. The Ed Show_sentence_1

For the NBC comedy-drama, see Ed (TV series). The Ed Show_sentence_2

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The Ed ShowThe Ed Show_header_cell_0_0_0
Presented byThe Ed Show_header_cell_0_1_0 Ed SchultzThe Ed Show_cell_0_1_1
Country of originThe Ed Show_header_cell_0_2_0 United StatesThe Ed Show_cell_0_2_1
Original languageThe Ed Show_header_cell_0_3_0 EnglishThe Ed Show_cell_0_3_1
ProductionThe Ed Show_header_cell_0_4_0
Production locationsThe Ed Show_header_cell_0_5_0 30 Rockefeller Center

New York City, New York Detroit Lakes, MinnesotaThe Ed Show_cell_0_5_1

Running timeThe Ed Show_header_cell_0_6_0 60 minutesThe Ed Show_cell_0_6_1
ReleaseThe Ed Show_header_cell_0_7_0
Original networkThe Ed Show_header_cell_0_8_0 MSNBCThe Ed Show_cell_0_8_1
Picture formatThe Ed Show_header_cell_0_9_0 480i (SDTV)

(2009) 1080i (HDTV) (2009-2015)The Ed Show_cell_0_9_1

Original releaseThe Ed Show_header_cell_0_10_0 April 6, 2009 (2009-04-06) –

July 31, 2015 (2015-07-31)The Ed Show_cell_0_10_1

ChronologyThe Ed Show_header_cell_0_11_0
Followed byThe Ed Show_header_cell_0_12_0 PoliticsNation with Al SharptonThe Ed Show_cell_0_12_1
External linksThe Ed Show_header_cell_0_13_0

The Ed Show was an hour-long weekday news commentary program on MSNBC that aired from 2009 to 2015. The Ed Show_sentence_3

The program was hosted by Ed Schultz, who also hosted the nationally syndicated radio program The Ed Schultz Show from 2004 to 2014. The Ed Show_sentence_4

The show aired in a variety of timeslots. The Ed Show_sentence_5

It debuted as a weeknight program on MSNBC on April 6, 2009, at 6 PM ET, It later moved to 10 PM ET, filling the time slot previously occupied by The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell when that show took over the 8 PM ET slot after Countdown with Keith Olbermann was cancelled. The Ed Show_sentence_6

In October 2011, it swapped spots with The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. The Ed Show_sentence_7

On March 13, 2013, Schultz revealed that he would be moving to a new expanded weekend lineup at the network. The Ed Show_sentence_8

His last weeknight show aired on March 14, and the show returned as a weekend show on May 11 at 5 PM ET. The Ed Show_sentence_9

The Ed Show returned to weeknights on August 26 of the same year, taking the 5 PM ET slot previously held by one airing of Hardball with Chris Matthews. The Ed Show_sentence_10

On July 30, 2015, MSNBC president Tim Griffin announced that the series had been cancelled in an effort to transition the network's daytime programming to more breaking news reporting and less political commentary and opinion. The Ed Show_sentence_11

The program aired its final episode on July 31, 2015. The Ed Show_sentence_12

Format The Ed Show_section_0

The show used a multi-camera, video and graphics driven format not seen on other MSNBC programs. The Ed Show_sentence_13

The first block of the show was fast-paced during the Op-Ed segment. The Ed Show_sentence_14

Schultz originally did most of his segments standing, but eventually moved to a sitting format. The Ed Show_sentence_15

The graphics package that was used by The Ed Show differed from others at MSNBC, with orange and black graphics; other programs use blue and white. The Ed Show_sentence_16

On April 11, 2011, MSNBC incorporated a new logo, a new studio, a new color scheme, using more blue than orange, and a new segment at the beginning of The Ed Show which has Schultz standing while doing a monologue about a chosen subject in front of a screen that flashes graphics such as charts and archive footage. The Ed Show_sentence_17

Segments The Ed Show_section_1

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  • Club Ed – brought liberal comedians (most commonly Lizz Winstead or Stephanie Miller) to provide commentary.The Ed Show_item_0_0
  • Psycho Talk – Schultz played a clip of someone on television or radio saying something he deems reprehensible to the point of being nutty. He proceeded to analyze the statement and criticize it, concluding the segment with the words, "and that is Psycho Talk."The Ed Show_item_0_1
  • takEDown – was similar to Psycho Talk.The Ed Show_item_0_2
  • Rapid Response – featured panel debatesThe Ed Show_item_0_3
  • Fired Up (also called Op-Ed) – Schultz provided a topical editorial.The Ed Show_item_0_4
  • The BIG Finish - was a final story rounding out the episode.The Ed Show_item_0_5

Ratings The Ed Show_section_2

In May 2009, according to Nielsen data, The Ed Show finished well behind CNN and Fox News Channel at 6 pm, averaging 500,000 total viewers and 160,000 in the 25-54 demographic numbers, which were down 13% and 35% respectively compared with May 2008 when David Gregory was anchoring the hour. The Ed Show_sentence_18

However, ratings for The Ed Show were higher in 2010 compared to 2009. The Ed Show_sentence_19

Ratings were up 8% in the coveted age 25-54 demographic and up 2% overall The Ed Show_sentence_20

In 2011 and 2012, The Ed Show began finishing 2nd in its timeslot, beaten in total viewers only by Fox News. The Ed Show_sentence_21

In September 2014, The Ed Show finished behind both CNN and Fox News in both the 25-54 demographic and total viewers. The Ed Show_sentence_22

Guest hosts The Ed Show_section_3

Regular guest hosts of the show included Cenk Uygur, David Shuster, Thomas Roberts and Michael Eric Dyson. The Ed Show_sentence_23

Al Sharpton, Chris Hayes and Lawrence O'Donnell also guest-hosted; all three gained their own series on MSNBC after first guest-hosting on The Ed Show. The Ed Show_sentence_24

Controversial statements The Ed Show_section_4

On May 23, 2011 on his radio talk show, Schultz called Laura Ingraham "a right-wing slut" and a "talk slut". The Ed Show_sentence_25

He apologized to her on his television show the next day, announcing that he was suspending himself from television: The Ed Show_sentence_26

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    • "What matters is, ... what I said was terribly vile, and not of the standards that I or any other person should adhere to. I want all of you to know tonight that I did call Laura Ingraham today and did not make contact with her, and I will apologize to her, as I did in the message that I left her today. I also met with management here at MSNBC, and understanding the severity of the situation and what I said on the radio, and how it reflected terribly on this company, I have offered to take myself off the air for an indefinite period of time with no pay. I want to apologize to Laura Ingraham, I want to apologize to my family; my wife; I have embarrassed my family; I have embarrassed this company; and I have been in this business since 1978 and I have made a lot of mistakes; this is the lowest of low for me."The Ed Show_item_1_7

The suspension lasted for one week. The Ed Show_sentence_27

On August 15, 2011 on his TV show, Schultz played a clip that purportedly showed Texas Governor Rick Perry making racist remarks at an Iowa Republican Party event. The Ed Show_sentence_28

In his speech, Perry referred to the U.S. national debt as "that big black cloud that hangs over America". The Ed Show_sentence_29

Schultz showed an edited clip containing only the quoted phrase, and followed it by stating, "That black cloud Perry is talking about is President Barack Obama." The Ed Show_sentence_30

Schultz apologized on-air the next day. The Ed Show_sentence_31

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Preceded by

Now with Alex WagnerThe Ed Show_cell_1_0_0

MSNBC Weekday Lineup

5:00 PM-6:00 PMThe Ed Show_cell_1_0_1

Succeeded by

PoliticsNation with Al SharptonThe Ed Show_cell_1_0_2

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Ed Show.