Thursday, May 30, 2024

Trump’s Lethargic, Divisive Mt. Rushmore Speech Brought in 2 Million Fewer Viewers on Fox News than Tulsa Rally


Last Friday night at 10pm, when Laura Ingraham would be doing her batshit crazy TV show on Fox News, Donald had a rally at Mt. Rushmore. It was divisive, racist, and delivered in a weirdly lethargic monotone. Also, his skin was glowing from too much orange paint, hot lights, and humidity.

Only Fox News gave us the whole thing. But it was way too late for the average Fox News viewer, who is 90 and senile. The result was 3 million fewer viewers than Trump’s Tulsa tally show on Fox just a short time ago.

At 10pm, Fox News had just 5,690,000 viewers. The Tulsa rally, by contrast, averaged 7,654,000 nitwits (including me, I was hate watching).

On Friday, 4.3 million of those people watching Fox were over 50. Just 490,000 were in the key demo 18 – 49. At 11pm, the number declined as Trump kept waxing on about something irrelevant or mean spirited.

The Trump Mt. Rushmore special was indeed the most watched show on cable Friday night. But it’s unclear how many of those Fox News viewers were actually awake the whole time or even part of it. It was the most watched show on all TV, as broadcast networks aired reruns of reruns. But a respectable 3.7 million people watched two reruns on CBS of “The Dick van Dyke Show” in honor of Carl Reiner. That was the number 1 broadcast show.

Numbers courtesy of Mitch Metcalf at ShowBuzzDaily, who we don’t thank enough.

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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