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

MSNBC's Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowQuarantined Maddow shares story of partner who is fighting COVID-19: 'Don't get this thing' The tribal journalism of cable news is at a crossroads MSNBC's Joy Reid: Close presidential race shows 'great amount of racism and anti blackness' in US MORE told CBS "Late Night" host Stephen ColbertStephen Tyrone ColbertObama says Dolly Parton not getting medal of freedom was 'screwup': 'I'll call Biden' Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' Literary group to honor Obama MORE on Tuesday night that she has "lots of respect" for Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityTiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump Trump has discussed possible pardons for three eldest children, Kushner: report Talk of self-pardon for Trump heats up MORE and Chris CuomoChris CuomoMedia and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk Clyburn: 'We're teetering on' giving president 'authority to be dictator' The 'Anonymous' saga ended with a dud — a perfect example of the problem of Trump-era media 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) MuellerBarr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting MORE's report in April. 
 
The viewer bump occurred directly after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal Top GOP senator warns government funding deal unlikely this week Houston will send residents checks of up to ,200 for pandemic relief MORE's (D-Calif.) announcement on Sept. 24 opening a formal impeachment inquiry against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump 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 BidenTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump Cruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge 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 CarlsonAtlas departure from White House cheered by public health officials Biden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Ex-Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell files lawsuits in Michigan, Georgia 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.