The View: Meghan McCain Spikes The Ratings

The View: Meghan McCain Spikes The Ratings

When Meghan McCain was offered the daytime talk show job, she was hesitant at first. “I didn’t want to participate,” she told author Ramin Setoodah for his book Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View. “I felt like there was so much turnover.” It wasn’t the iconic show I watched when I was in college.”

Her father, the late Senator John McCain, encouraged her to accept the offer because he was a fan and friend of Goldberg. “At first I said no when they asked me, and my father convinced me to do it,” she revealed.

Finding his position with his co-host colleagues took some time for Meghan McCain when she started his long show. “The grassroots people have been here a long time,” the View panelist noted. “It’s like joining a new club that doesn’t want new members.” That was the hardest part.”

Apparently the ABC executives planned well when they brought Meghan McCain into the team. According to Setoodah’s book, the 2017-2018 season saw a marked increase in the number of viewers with the highest ratings in the last four years with the addition of Meghan McCain.

McCain’s willingness to comment on his conservative tendencies has certainly had an impact on The View, and she has no intention of lightening his tone. Seeing an increase in political awareness, the talk show’s co-host credits the country’s interest in politics with driving the show’s success.

“I think everyone is more interested in politics,” the TV personality said. Young women are different now than when I was younger. Everyone is involved, civic-minded and informed. I think that’s also why the show is going well.

While his encounters with liberals Behar have become legendary and perhaps another reason why more and more people tune in, Meghan McCain insists they both enjoy their frequent debates. “I like to argue with you,” Behar said. “We’re like boxers, we fight with gloves and then we’re out.”

Written by Emma Fisher

TV Writer.
Former Senior Editor of


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