President Trump Primetime Address, Democrat Response Nets Over 40 Million Viewers

Brenda Watkins
January 10, 2019

So, the late show host wants to do something about it. Kimmel said he'll invite a federal employee to work at Jimmy Kimmel Live! every night until Trump's shutdown ends.

'But these people behind you say it's worth it, ' Trump reportedly added, gesturing at communications aides Bill Shine, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway.

And the deeper numbers indicate those tuning in are more likely to be opposed to Trump's request for $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall. The Fox broadcast network and PBS will also carry the address, along with all the major cable news channels, including CNN.

Those that disagree with Trump were eager to see the Democratic response, which was broadcast on networks shortly after Trump's speech wrapped up.

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And Trump's speech had a carryover effect for Fox News.

One CNN chyron read: "Trump: 90% of heroin comes across the Southern border. 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. "Someone's got to fact-check that", Lockhart said. "It was historic. Rarely does a president of the United States interrupt primetime television to warn us about a completely made-up thing".

Tuesday's prime time speech follows several other on-camera pitches for a border wall in the last week, including a surprise appearance at the White House briefing room and a 90-minute Cabinet meeting that the Washington Post's Glenn Kessler called a "fact-checking nightmare".

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. According to Nielsen, 1,870,000 viewers in the key demo tuned into Fox News.

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