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Hardball with Chris Matthews is a talk show on MSNBC, broadcast weekdays at 5 and 7 PM hosted by Chris Matthews. It originally aired on now-defunct America's Talking (as Politics with Chris Matthews) and later CNBC. The current title was derived from a book Matthews wrote in 1988, Hardball: How Politics is Played Told By One Who Knows the Game. Hardball is a talking-head style cable news show where the moderator advances opinions on a wide range of topics, focusing primarily on current political issues. These issues are discussed with a panel of guests that usually consists of political analysts and sometimes include politicians.

It also runs in a "Best of" format Early Saturday mornings at 5am.

Hardball formerly followed Countdown with Keith Olbermann as the second most-watched show on MSNBC, with an average of 557,000 viewers in the first quarter of 2008.

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review by . December 05, 2009
posted in Politics Your Way
Chris Matthews' over-the-top approach has landed him right at the bottom of the cable news ratings.
I just can't figure out what's gotten into Chris Matthews,   When "Hardball" debuted on CSNBC back in 1997 I instantly became a fan.  The show was lively, fast-moving and usually very informative.  There were actually reasonably intelligent discussions of the issues of the day.  I felt like I learned something new each day and I swear I really did not know what Chris Matthews' politics were.  In those days I found Chris Matthews to be superb …
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