Matthews Bashes Ratings of ABC's 'This Week' Which Gets Three Times The Viewers He Does

There's been a lot of talk lately that MSNBC's Chris Matthews is beginning to lose it.

As further evidence that the "Hardball" host seems a bit detached from reality, consider that on Monday's program, he referred to ABC's "This Week" as a show "not many people see...It doesn’t get many viewers" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Alright, let’s take a look. Here’s John McCain hitting Romney on Sunday. They're all hitting him from all sides. This is fair. This is personal. McCain doesn’t like Romney. Let's listen.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN (R-ARIZONA): I wish that candidate Romney and all the others would sit down with General Patraeus and understand how this counterinsurgency is working and succeeding. For us to abandon Afghanistan to the tender mercies of the Taliban and radical Islamic extremists I think would be repeating the mistakes we made before.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

MATTHEWS: Well, not many people see that show on Sunday. Mark, it's called “This Week.” It doesn’t get many viewers, but...

It doesn't get many viewers?

The Sunday, June 12, installment of "This Week" got 2.197 total viewers and 738,000 in the all-important demographic aged 25 to 54. Compare that to "Hardball" which last Thursday got 626,000 total viewers at 7PM and only 174,000 in the demo.

This means that "This Week" got over three times more total viewers and over four times more in the demo.

Yet Matthews said, "Not many people see that show."

Makes you wonder how he feels about his own ratings - or do folks at MSNBC not tell him how far he's fallen since he hosted a program people were actually interested in watching way back in the '90s?

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.