Nielsen says 35 million people watched Trump speech

  • Nielsen says 35 million people watched Trump speech

Nielsen says 35 million people watched Trump speech

Television pundits moved swiftly to correct or challenge President Donald Trump following Tuesday's Oval Office speech on the proposed border wall, after their networks were the target of an unusual debate over whether they should show him at all. Interestingly, the Trump speech from the White House and the Democrats' response from the Capital building were perfectly matched on FNC, which will not be good news to that frequent viewer at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Then came his joke: "They should either reject him outright, or if he insists on speaking in prime time, make him do it as a contestant on 'The Masked Singer, '" referencing the new singing competition show on Fox. 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.

He proceeded to play a fake disclaimer that the networks would supposedly air before the address, saying, "The following Presidential address is a work of fiction".

By shutting down the government over border wall funding, Trump has "chosen to hold hostage critical services for the health, safety, and wellbeing of the American people and withhold the paychecks of 800,000 innocent workers across the nation", Pelosi said.

The president also referred to how drugs such as meth, heroin, and fentanyl were coming through the southern border, and that this would be stymied by a wall that would pay for itself with a new trade deal with Mexico. "It's he who requested it and he who said he would own the shutdown". MSNBC, HGTV and U.S. rounded out the top five, while CNN averaged only 988,000 primetime viewers to finish eleventh overall.

And yet this time around, all the major networks said they'd provide coverage of the speech.

"The president made no news and no new proposals", he said.