Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Ratings: Biden Surprise Victory over Trump in TV Town Hall Tug of War: HUGE Win in Key Demo 18-49 and Even with Cable Counted In


UPDATE: Adding cable from MSNBC and CNBC didn’t help Trump, who still came up short by 1 million viewers.

Biden Town Hall: 12.7 million vs. Trump Town Hall: 10.3 million.

The people have spoken!

ABC’s Town Hall with Joe Biden scored 12.7 million viewers from 8 to 9pm last night while NBC’s Donald Trump Town Hall managed only 10.3 million.


Further, Biden held on to 11.7 million voters for his second hour on ABC with George Stephanopolous.


The key demo, though, is crazy: a 15 for Biden, a 10 for Trump in the 18-49 men.  He got a 9 with women. This means that Biden is winning young people and middle aged people by a wide margin. He won among men, which is so important. (Maybe men are tired of dying from COVID?) In adults 50 and over, Biden edged out Trump with a 15 over a 14.

All the demos were for Biden, which is really solid. He trounced Trump across the board.

Trump’s lying and constant waffling about everything from when he was last tested for COVID to his support of white supremacists is not going over with the biggest sectors of the population.

Celebrities and many others were angry at NBC for staging the Trump Town Hall at the same time as the previously announced Biden event. But as it turns out, NBC knew what they were doing: Savannah Guthrie sacked Trump over and over like Tom Brady on his best day with the Patriots. And at the same time, running their show was almost like a pre-voting day referendum. LOL.

Trump, who lives by ratings, will be shook now.

Cable ratings for MSNBC etc will be in later but it shouldn’t change things much. MSNBC viewers hate Trump. And Fox News didn’t broadcast the Town Hall. So it’s unlikely Trump picked up viewers from cable.

PS Thanks to Mitch Metcalf and Showbuzz Daily for the numbers.


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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