’20 Million Viewers’: Trump Gets The Last Laugh On Tulsa Rally As It Breaks Ratings Record

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While liberals have painted President Trump’s Saturday rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as a complete failure for the president—due to a less-than-expected attendance—Trump may have gotten the last laugh.

As network ratings have rolled in, it has been learned that nearly 20 million Americans digitally attended the rally through Fox News and other networks.

If that figure sounds like a lot — it’s because it is.

GOP.com reports: “President Trump’s rally delivered the largest Saturday night ratings for the network in its history.”

As the Western Journal reports, Fox News released a statement saying coverage of the Trump rally “delivered its highest-rated Saturday primetime (8-11PM/ET) total viewership average in network history on Saturday, June 20th, garnering 6.7 million viewers and 1.4 million in the younger 25-54 demographic.”

According to the report, the sizeable Fox News audience beat out all of its competition by millions of viewers:

As for its cable news competition, there was a lot of dust being eaten Saturday night.

During the time period of Fox’s rally, CNN placed second to Fox’s 7.661 million viewers with 2.201 million viewers, while MSNBC was third with 1.907 million viewers.

For the full prime-time period, CNN was also second with 2.189 million viewers behind Fox’s first-place ranking of 6.655 million viewers. MSNBC was in third at 2.063 million viewers.

All through the evening, Fox topped its rivals even when they were added together. From 9 – 10 p.m. Fox almost doubled the combined ratings of its cable news competitors. Fox’s 8.204 million viewers easily topped CNN’s 2.183 million viewers and MSNBC’s 2.010 million.

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MSNBC and CNN were left in the dust on the ratings because, as Fox News reports, the networks refused to air the president’s speech.

“NewsBusters determined on Monday that MSNBC showed its viewers only 3 minutes and 45 seconds of the president’s remarks, or 3.7 percent of the 101-minute speech,” Fox News reports. “CNN showed even less, clocking in only 3 minutes and 25 seconds, or 3.4 percent. Fox News, in contrast, aired the remarks in full.”

The report adds: “The study noted that CNN first aired a 29-second clip of Trump’s comments roughly 25 minutes into the speech with anchor Wolf Blitzer slamming the president’s ‘shameful’ comment about ordering his administration to do less coronavirus testing, which the White House insists was made in jest.”

Responding to the network disparity, NewsBusters associate editor Scott Whitlock released a statement saying the networks “owe it to Americans to play the 2020 campaign straight.”

“Air the speeches and events from the two candidates and let the voters make up their own minds,” Whitlock wrote. “Instead, these two liberal outlets are putting their thumbs on the scale and offering a partisan approach to campaign events.”

Trump 2020 communications director Tim Murtaugh said the campaign brought in several more million viewers through their own social media outlets.

“President Trump’s rally in Tulsa attracted over 4 million unique viewers across all of the campaign’s digital media channels. The live-streamed pre-rally shows drew an audience of more than 2.5 million unique viewers by themselves,” he said, via Fox News.