President Trump’s rally in Tulsa Oklahoma on Saturday experienced lower attendance than expected due to coronavirus, but millions of Americans tuned in to watch the rally on Fox News.
Fox News announced Monday that its Saturday prime-time audience hit records as millions of Americans tuned in to watch their president.
The Fox release said the network “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.”
Between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., it drew an average of 7,661,000 viewers, with 1,536,000 in the 25-54 age bracket most coveted by advertisers.
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.
Trump took a victory lap on Twitter:
WOW! The Trump Rally gives @FoxNews the “LARGEST SATURDAY NIGHT AUDIENCE IN ITS HUSTORY”. Isn’t it amazing that virtually nobody in the Lamestream Media is reporting this rather major feat!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2020
The Trump rally also performed well via online livestream, according to Fox News:
Fox News’ YouTube stream picked up over 2.1 million views, while Fox Business Network’s livestream drew over 580,000. The rally was streamed on a variety of other platforms, as well.
Liberal pundits have labeled the rally a disappointment because of the in-person attendance figures – but the Trump campaign disagrees.
“The news media, which encouraged protestors and bombarded Americans for more than a week with dire warnings against attending a Trump rally, are still unable to prevent President Trump from reaching the people. These numbers represent unmatched enthusiasm behind the President’s re-election and a massive audience that Joe Biden can only dream of,” Murtaugh said.