The FOX News brass and pundits may detest Donald J. Trump but he sure brings the network a ton of eyeballs.
Trump gained 700,000 viewers for Donald Trump’s victory speech in Jupiter, Florida last night. The so-called conservative channel lost one million viewers after his presser ended.
The Politico reported:
Donald Trump bragged about his wine, his water and his steaks during his “Super Tuesday 2” primary night news conference. Based on early ratings data from Nielsen, he can add another feather to his cap: his ratings.
Trump’s presser dominated cable news coverage on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC during the 9 p.m. hour, and the ratings reflect that. All told, an average of 8.8 million viewers were watching one of those three channels during the 9 p.m. hour. Compare that to an average of 7.4 million people watching during the 8 p.m. hour and 7.3 million people watching during the 10 p.m. hour.
Fox News added 700,000 viewers in the 9 p.m. hour (for a total of 4.24 million viewers) compared to 8 p.m. and lost more than 1 million viewers in the 10 p.m. hour. CNN added 500,000 viewers from 8 to 9 p.m. (2.97 million viewers) and lost more than 300,000 at 10 p.m. MSNBC gained more than 100,000 viewers in the 9 p.m. hour (1.65 million viewers) compared to 8 p.m., and lost 100,000 in the 10 p.m. hour.