Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Trump falsely claims his SOTU TV viewership was 'highest' in history

President Trump’s 'New American Moment': 3 Biblical Responses Trump falsely claims his SOTU TV viewership was 'highest' in history
Melinda Barton | 04 February, 2018, 11:20

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke of unifying the country and delivering for the American people - and he has the opportunity to back up his words with action nearly immediately.

Mr Clinton's speech to a joint session in 1993 was the most viewed ever with 66.9 million viewers.

The Nielsen Co. has kept consistent records on State of the Union ratings since 1994, and there have been four State of the Union addresses with bigger audiences than Trump's on Tuesday.

A similar trend in reverse can be seen among those who watched Barack Obama's first State of the Union address: the percentage of Democrats was higher than that of Americans nationwide.

Trump correctly noted in his tweet that Fox News had the highest viewership of the night.

Trump was accurate that Fox News dominated in the cable news stakes, with 11.5 million viewers to CNN's 3.1 million and MSNBC's 2.7 million.

The reception of Donald Trump's State of the Union address by those who watched it was almost identical to that of previous year, in his address to Congress shortly after he took office. "Delivered from the heart!"

Similarly, Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, had a suggestion for Trump after the president called for paid family leave. He often claimed, inaccurately, that his show The Apprentice was the number 1 show on television.

President Donald Trump is shown on a TV, delivering his State of the Union Speech, in a restaurant in NY on January 30, 2018.

Gary Levin contributed from NY.

The reaction to Trump's high-profile overture suggested both parties were settling into a protracted tug-of-war.

"President Trump focused on the past year of working to build a safe, strong and successful America in his speech tonight".

But according to Fox News Research, 48 million watched Obama in 2010, and 62.1 million watched Bush in 2003.

Trump, who's famously obsessed with TV ratings, also saw his SOTU fall behind his own first joint address to Congress.

Trump's speech took place as his administration continues to be bogged down in the muck of the Robert Mueller investigation into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, as well as possible collusion between Trump staff and Russian operatives.