Monday, April 22, 2024

SOTU: Ratings Last Night Were Donald Trump’s Worst in Three Years, Down 21 Percent, Only 2.8 Mil Watched on CNN


Donald Trump’s 3rd State of the Union address, last night, was his lowest rated so far. Trump scored just 37.1 viewers across all cable and broadcast networks. That’s down 21 percent from last year’s 46.8 million.

On Fox News, Trump had his highest number: 11.6 million, which was up by .3 million from last year. But on CNN, only 2.8 million people tuned. On MSNBC, it was lower than 2.3 million.

On the networks, CBS was the highest– 4.5 million at the start, 3.8 million in the second hour. ABC and NBC notched fewer. In fact, Trump’s SOTU scored almost the same numbers as a daytime soap opera.

Altogether, “NCIS” on CBS and NBC’s “Ellen’s Game of Games” each at 8pm, won the night handily.

And back to those 11.6 million people on Fox News: 165 million people voted in the last presidential election. That Fox number is minuscule. But it shows that the conservatives are focused. Liberals didn’t watch MSNBC with as much interest and enthusiasm. That’s the takeaway from those numbers. 

The people who tuned up had better turn up in November, and vote Trump out of office. If they abdicate responsibility, the next four years won’t be pretty.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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