Millions Tuned In to Watch Trump, One Network Won Big
Fox News averaged 8 million total viewers and 1.9 million in the 25-54 age demographic from 9-9:30 p.m. EST, a time slot that included the president’s speech as well the rebuttal address by House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
In comparison, 4.2 million people watched the speeches on MSNBC, with 800,000 in the key age range. CNN managed to garner 3.6 million viewers during that half-hour time frame, beating out MSNBC in the key demographic with 1.4 million viewers.
Fox News nearly eclipsed both networks by 1.5 million viewers over the course of the night from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST.
The two addresses came in the middle of the third week of the partial government shutdown, as Republicans and Democrats fight over spending for the border wall. Trump has demanded over $5 billion for his proposed wall, while the Democrats have only offered under $2 billion for vaguely-defined “border security.”
Fox News also beat ABC broadcast network by more than two million total viewers during the 9-9:30 p.m. EST half hour.