Chris Matthews’ ‘Hardball’ Ratings Won’t Be So Hard for MSNBC to Replace

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Chris Matthews was a mainstay at MSNBC for two-plus decades until his abrupt resignation on Monday following several on-air gaffes and an accusation he made inappropriate remarks to another journalist. What he was not, however, was a big ratings draw. Last month, “Hardball With Chris Matthews” was dead last in the 7 p.m. ET time slot among adults 25-54, the key demographic for cable news programming most coveted by advertisers. According to Nielsen’s Live + Same Day ratings, he drew just 229,000 viewers per episode in the key demo — trailing both Fox News’ “The Story With Marta MacCallum” (512,000 adults 25-54) and CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” (251,000 adults 25-54). Still, Matthews managed to draw 1.5 million total viewers, ahead of Burnett (964,000) but still well behind MacCallum (2.7 million). That means the 74-year-old’s audience skewed a little long in the tooth. Those rankings aren’t just for February — the cable news standings shook out the same way for calendar 2019, when “Hardball” topped CNN for the 10th straight year in total viewers. Also Read: Brit Hume Tweets Not One, But Two Screenshots With 'Sexy Vixen Vinyl' Tab Open in Browser Matthews had the 21st most-watched show on cable news...

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