Nearly Twice As Many People Watched Trump’s Speech On Fox News

Mike Brest | Reporter

Almost twice as many people tuned into Fox News as they did other cable networks to watch President Donald Trump’s address to the nation from the Oval Office on Tuesday.

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.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 08: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) pose for photographs after delivering a televised response to President Donald Trump’s national address about border security at the U.S. Capitol January 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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.”

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