Nielsen reveals how many people watched President Trump's primetime address

Nielsen reveals how many people watched President Trump's primetime address

Nielsen reveals how many people watched President Trump's primetime address

In the unadjusted fast affiliates, CBS snagged the most viewers for Trump's speech with an audience of 8.04 million.

Shepard Smith conducted a rapid-fire rebuttal of some of the president's claims during his coverage on the Fox broadcast network.

The 2014 speech took place during "sweeps" month, which partially affected the networks' decision.

Late Night host Seth Meyers recalled his old job as SNL head writer with a tweet during the address reading, "Somebody please add 'and live from NY, it's Saturday Night!' into the teleprompter".

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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.

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

Fox News averaged 8 million viewers from 9-9:30 p.m. ET, while MSNBC averaged 4.2 million and CNN averaged 3.6 million sets of eyeballs.

And Trump's speech had a carryover effect for Fox News. "That's the problem for putting this on the air", former Clinton White House press secretary Joe Lockhart said on CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday.

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Wallace reserved her harshest criticism for Trump's attempt to fabricate the appearance of a crisis where there is none.

"If you are Donald Trump - God forbid - and you make a dumb promise during your campaign like 200 different times to build a wall, and your plan to fulfill that promise you didn't know you were going to have to fulfill is to get people panicked enough to waste five billion dollars on it, going on TV and telling us there are "bad hombres" sneaking over the border, that's not going to do it", he said.

The late-night funnyman also took aim at the official Democratic response from Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, which was widely mocked for their wooden delivery and freaky staging, with the pair squished together behind one podium.

Among FNC's bright spots, Hannity clocked its best numbers in both metrics since moving back to the 9 PM timeslot: 7.129 million total viewers and 1.645M in the news demo.

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As of Tuesday morning, all the major cable and broadcast networks have confirmed that they will carry the Democratic speech.

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