CNN is actually trying to spin this in Trump’s favor, which is just sad.
Fox’s Trump-less debate had an 8.4 household rating, according to early Nielsen data from so-called metered markets.
This means 8.4% of American metered market homes with TV sets were watching the face-off.
By comparison, two of the cable channels that showed parts of Trump’s event, CNN and MSNBC, had about a quarter of Fox’s audience combined.
So Trump’s rivals clearly came out ahead in the raw ratings.
The most recent GOP debate, televised two weeks ago on the harder-to-find Fox Business Network, had a household rating of 7.4.
So Thursday’s debate was bigger — but not by much. The other five GOP debates of the cycle have had household ratings ranging from 8.9 to 15.9.
That’s why Trump can claim victory.
Yes, he gets destroyed and can claim victory. Sure, this is credible. Oof.
Actual viewership numbers will be available later in the day on Friday. Fox News likely had 11 million to 13 million viewers for the debate.
The ratings held pretty steady between 9 and 11 p.m. Eastern, which means the audience was loyal even though Trump was absent.
Trump was boasting he’d win the ratings battle. There’s no way to save face with his disastrous stunt. Needless to say, other media are also desperately trying to spin Trump’s bombing.
Trump is likely to declare victory for the lower Fox ratings on Thursday night, though the debate still won more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined as they showed Trump’s rally.
Hard to spin this in favor of Clownface, but he’ll sure try.