President Trump’s ratings blew past the Oscars award show.
Trump made his first big televised appearance from the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday night, addressing a joint session of Congress and blanketing the Big Four and the cable news networks for more than an hour.
The event predictably topped the night’s few other telecasts, grossing just more than 43 million viewers on eight networks airing coverage between 9 and 10:15 p.m. ET. On par with early metered market stats, he received a cumulative 27.8 overnight rating among households.
Fox News, which the Trump audience has show itself to be especially fond of, led coverage on cable and broadcast with 10.8 million viewers during the speech — while NBC News topped among the Big Four with 9.1 million viewers.
The Oscars, which was effectively the Hollywood prebuttal to Trump’s congressional address, garnered 32.94 million views — a nine-year low.
Its 9.1 rating among adults 18-49 was the lowest in at least 20 years.
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