Mediaite’s Ranking of Best Cable News Show at 5 P.M.: Chuck Todd, Wolf Blitzer and The Five

Welcome back to Mediaite’s weekly rankings of the best shows on cable news, hour-by-hour. Last week, Jake Tapper‘s CNN show The Lead took our top spot at 4 p.m. We’re looking at 5 p.m. now, an hour that juggles two well-established anchors and a lively panel show that often makes its own headlines: MNSBC’s Chuck Todd, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Fox News’ The Five, hosted by Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld, Juan Williams, and Jesse Watters. A reminder: We’re basing our rankings on a variety of factors, including; ratings, influence, entertainment value, the star power of hosts, the quality of guests, whether the show makes news, and its longevity. With that said, let’s dive into our ranking for the Best Shows on Cable News in the 5 p.m. hour: 3. The Situation Room — Hosted by Wolf Blitzer We gave broadcasting staple Wolf Blitzer
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Brian Williams Knocks GOPers Downplaying Kavanaugh Allegation: ‘1965 Called, Wants Their Quotes Back’

On Thursday night, MSNBC anchor Brian Williams took a shot at Republican lawmakers for remarks they have made in recent days on the sexual assault allegation made against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Williams read several statements made by GOP senators to his panel on the allegation made by Kavanaugh’s accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford:
“I’ll listen to the lady, but we’re going to bring this to a close.” -Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) “I mean I can’t imagine the horror of being accused of something like this.” – Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) “I think this woman, whoever she is, is mixed up.” -Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) “We got a little hiccup here with the Kavanaugh nomination, we’ll get through this and we’ll get off to the races.” -Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV)
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Megyn Kelly Says Christine Ford is ‘Running Out of Options’: ‘She’s Not in a Position to Demand Protocols’

On Wednesday evening, NBC host Megyn Kelly appeared on Hardball and weighed in on the allegation made against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Kelly began by telling MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that Kavanaugh’s accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is “running out of options” ahead of Monday’s scheduled hearing. “I think she needs to show up on Monday and offer her testimony if she wants to be heard because for better or for worse, she is not in charge of this,” Kelly said. “The Senate is in charge of this. That committee is in charge of this and their obligation is to provide advice and consent to the president on his judicial nominee. So they get to decide what will inform that decision.” The daytime talkshow host explained that the Senate Judiciary Committee decided to reopen the hearings as they already consider that as an accommodation and she dinged Sen. Dianne Continue reading "Megyn Kelly Says Christine Ford is ‘Running Out of Options’: ‘She’s Not in a Position to Demand Protocols’"

After Maddow’s Huge Week, Hannity Vaults Back on Top in Ratings

Rachel Maddow had reason to celebrate last week. Her MSNBC show turned 10 years old, for starters. She also saw her highest ratings week ever, with a titanic average of 3.43 million total viewers. This week, however, Maddow’s rival at Fox News — and regular ratings king — is back on top. Sean Hannity‘s show finished Tuesday as the most watched show on all of cable — for the second consecutive night, to boot. According to Nielsen, Hannity pulled in a total of 3.48 million total viewers, with 669,000 in the coveted adults 25-54 demographic. Maddow, meanwhile, dropped off a tick from her strong average last week to 3.34 total viewers, with 595,000 in the demo. That’s despite her highly publicized interview with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is re-emerging as a Democratic voice ahead of the midterms. Tucker Carlson, whose 8 p.m. show Continue reading "After Maddow’s Huge Week, Hannity Vaults Back on Top in Ratings"

WATCH: Rachel Maddow Invokes Bill Clinton to Ask Hillary if Kavanaugh Deserves Due Process

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show Tuesday night, and covered a lot of ground over two segments, including discussing Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford at length. During that discussion, Maddow brought up former President Bill Clinton‘s own sex scandals, in order to ask the former First Lady about due process. The two discussed the overall situation as well as the specific news that Ford now wants a full FBI investigation prior to offering any testimony in Congress. Maddow played a clip outlining the statement from Ford’s attorneys and asked Clinton if she had any reaction to the call for the FBI to intervene. “I think that’s a reasonable request,” said Clinton. She added her belief that it could be resolved quickly, at the direction of the White House. “I don’t think it would be a lengthy investigation. I think it could Continue reading "WATCH: Rachel Maddow Invokes Bill Clinton to Ask Hillary if Kavanaugh Deserves Due Process"

NY Times Columnist: If Kavanaugh Did Assault Ford, Should He Be Disqualified?

New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss asked on MSNBC Tuesday whether Brett Kavanaugh should be disqualified from serving on the Supreme Court if he did sexually assault Christine Blasey Ford. Ford has accused Kavanaugh, a nominee for Supreme Court justice, of sexual assault and attempted rape. She claims the assault happened 36 years ago when the two were teenagers and Kavanaugh was drunk. Kavanaugh denies the allegation. “I believe that she’s completely sincere in what she believes happened,” Weiss said on MSNBC Tuesday. “And maybe it did happen exactly as she said 36 years ago, although we all know memory’s capricious.” “But the idea that it’s not a he-said-she-said — that’s exactly what it is,” she continued, pointing out that in other #MeToo cases there were multiple accusers making for a “sustained pattern.” “What about the deeper, moral, cultural, like, the ethical question here?” Weiss asked.
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MADDOW WAVE: MSNBC Host Scores Her Highest Ratings Week Ever

Rachel Maddow had her highest ratings ever last week. The MSNBC host, whose primetime program The Rachel Maddow Show turned ten years old this month, hit her record in total viewers, averaging 3.43 million for the week. In the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demo, according to Nielsen, Maddow averaged 667,000 viewers. Those impressive numbers catapulted the progressive host to the number 1 spot in cable for the week, beating out Fox News and CNN in both total viewers and the demo. Maddow’s impressive week ended with a bang too: on Friday night, Maddow was the most watched show across all television, cable and broadcast included, in total viewers and the demo. The MSNBC host bagged a steaming 3.66 million total viewers on Friday. Sean Hannity, her rival over at Fox News, took home 3.01 million. MSNBC won Friday night’s ratings showdown too, averaging 2.77 million total viewers and Continue reading "MADDOW WAVE: MSNBC Host Scores Her Highest Ratings Week Ever"