Maddow on going to dinner with rivals Hannity, Cuomo: 'I doubt they eat the same things'

MSNBC's Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowCitizens United put out a welcome mat for Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman Giuliani says he was 'misled' by Parnas Parnas attorney asks William Barr to recuse himself from investigation MORE told CBS "Late Night" host Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertInvesting in our people to get the most out of our city Yang: I've received about 12 apologies from media networks during campaign Scarborough to GOP: 'What job is worth selling your political soul over?' MORE on Tuesday night that she has "lots of respect" for Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityHannity to interview Trump during Super Bowl pregame show GOP cries boredom in attack on impeachment case Hannity: 'Lunatic' Schiff 'the worst liar in all of politics' MORE and Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoMedia's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle Tucker Carlson delivers program's largest audience during Iranian missile strike coverage Judge Judy dismisses Biden: 'Do you see greatness?' MORE, while jokingly adding that she likely wouldn't go to dinner with her 9 p.m. cable news rivals because she doubts "they eat the same things."
 
The sit-down with Colbert is part of Maddow's media tour for her new book, "Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth," which currently sits at the top of Amazon's bestseller list following its release on Tuesday. 
 
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"I have social anxiety. I don’t go out to dinner, so the answer is probably no just because of me,” Maddow told Colbert. “But I have a lot of respect for both of them. I mean ... you know when you have this kind of a job, it’s a small cohort of people who do this work.”

“When you’re up against others who do this work well. Doesn’t matter if they’re competitors, they’re the ones who know what it’s like to do this job every day 52 weeks a year," she continued. 

"I have nothing against them personally," Maddow underscored before appearing to consider what a meal between the three would look like. "I don’t know what they eat. I doubt they eat the same things. They’re different guys.”
 
Maddow again finished the third quarter of 2019 as MSNBC's top-rated host and has seen a ratings bump in the past week after experiencing a sharp decline following the release of former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE's report in April. 
 
The viewer bump occurred directly after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Social Security emerges as flash point in Biden-Sanders fight | Dems urge Supreme Court to save consumer agency | Trump to sign USMCA next week Veronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address MORE's (D-Calif.) announcement on Sept. 24 opening a formal impeachment inquiry against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE, who is under intense scrutiny over a July phone call in which he pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSchiff closes Democrats' impeachment arguments with emotional appeal to remove Trump Conservative reporter on Sanders: He's not a 'yes man' Democrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment MORE, a leading 2020 presidential candidate.  
 
Overall, the top shows in cable news for the past three months ending in September in both total viewers, as well as in the key 25-54 demographic, were Fox's "Hannity" with 3.28 million viewers, followed by "Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonGabbard tells Fox that Clinton's 'Russian asset' remark is 'taking my life away' Megyn Kelly to appear on Bill Maher's 'Real Time' on Friday Tucker Carlson: Bernie Sanders capable of taking 'many thousands' of Trump voters MORE Tonight" with 3.08 million viewers.

"The Ingraham Angle" was third with 2.629 million viewers, followed by "The Rachel Maddow Show" with 2.52 million viewers and Fox's "The Five" with 2.5 million viewers.