Nielsen says 35 million people watched Trump speech

Jimmy Kimmel Promises to Put to Work Federal Employees Impacted by Trump’s Government Shutdown

Jimmy Kimmel Promises to Put to Work Federal Employees Impacted by Trump’s Government Shutdown

"Hannity" picked up a whopping 7.1 million total viewers and 1.6 million in the 25-demo, marking it the show's highest-rated telecast in both categories since its return to the 9 p.m. timeslot in September 2017.

Fox News edged out CBS for the top spot overall. But an industry source says CBS 8.092M total viewers for the half-hour address and response; including 1.708m news demo viewers.

In a monologue that missed the mark, Kimmel acted as a political pundit instead of late night comic, per usual, and used the opportunity to bash President Trump over the wall adding that "Humpty Trumpty [sic] is very focused on his wall".

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And while Trump claimed that law enforcement professionals were the ones who requested $5.7 billion for the border wall, Shep clarified that it was actually the president himself who requested the funding and "and he himself who said he would own the shutdown". Across the seven nets and down 4 from the opposition, the "temper tantrum" accused POTUS pulled in a 28.1/45 rating in the overnight metrics in the 9 - 9:15 PM ET time period. "Not the first time he's interfered with an FBI investigation", Colbert quipped. Some local affiliates did run the speech.

The evening was a win for Fox News all around, as the network averaged 4.8 million viewers during the primetime hours of 8-11 p.m., while MSNBC averaged 3.4 million and CNN averaged 2.6 million. Interestingly, the Trump speech from the White House and the Democrats' response from the Capital building were perfectly matched on FNC, which will not be good news to that frequent viewer at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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. We'll update with more speech numbers as they come in later, stay tuned.

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