Featured News

Beneath The Fox News Debating Ratings Is A Looming Disaster For Trump And The GOP

The good news for Fox News is that 13 million people watched a Republican debate featuring eight candidates who will never be president, which is bad news for Trump. The bad news for the Republican Party is that the debate audience was about half of 2016.

TVNewser with the ratings:

Per live plus same day data from Nielsen, more than 11.09 million total viewers ended up watching last night’s debate co-moderated by Martha MacCallum and Bret Baier on Fox News Channel. Tack on the 1.7 million who watched on Fox Business Network and non-linear/streaming figures, and you have a total of 12.8 million consuming the two-hour broadcast across linear and streaming.

Fox News still holds the presidential primary debate viewership record: 24 million watched the Republicans battle it out in Aug. 2015.

Whether Trump is at the debate or not, that record 24 million number from 2016 is not going to happen. The warning sign for Republicans is that the first debate is almost always the most watched. 2024 might be different because if Trump decides to show up, it will increase viewership.

Trump hoped that he could kill the Republican presidential debates by not showing up, but tens of millions of people still watched. Debates with or without Trump are very lucrative for TV networks, so the Republican primary debates will continue. However, the fact that the 13 million number of viewers came from combining the totals on Fox News, Fox Business, and streaming suggests a real lack of enthusiasm among voters for what Republicans are offering.

Donald Trump is convinced that he drew 200 million views for his interview with Tucker Carlson on Twitter, so he is going to have even less incentive to debate in the future. (Trump didn’t draw 200 million actual views on Twitter.).

On the surface, the debate ratings look good for Republicans, but the bigger picture suggests that the ratings will sharply decline for the second debate, and the Republican Party might struggle if it is led by the zombie candidacy of Donald Trump.

Jason Easley

Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements. Awards and  Professional Memberships Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association

Recent Posts

Trump Has A Breakdown Over Biden Leading Fox News Poll

Donald Trump is watching his false narrative that he is leading all of the polls…

16 hours ago

Aileen Cannon’s Colleagues Tried To Get Her To Step Aside From Trump Classified Docs Case

Two of Judge Aileen Cannon's colleagues urged her to step aside and not take the…

17 hours ago

Even Fox News Says Biden Is The Frontrunner After 11 Point Swing With Independent Voters

A new Fox News poll caused Trump's favorite network toPresident Biden as the…

20 hours ago

Democrats Hold Republicans’ Feet to the Fire Ahead of 2-Year Anniversary of Overturn of Roe

Democrats are on the freedom warpath. Democrats say abortion is defining the races for the…

21 hours ago

Jimmy Kimmel Says Trump’s Dementia And Lying Might Be Teaming Up

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel played allegations of Trump's cognitive decline and came to the…

1 day ago

Republicans Are Scrambling To Teach Cognitively Declining Trump Policy Before The Debate

Trump is not doing debate prep, but having policy time where Republican senators try to…

1 day ago