Nancy Pelosi Tops Donald Trump’s Oval Office Speech Debut In Ratings

Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi

The Fox broadcast network and PBS will also carry the address, along with all the major cable news channels, including CNN.

Fox anchor Shepard Smith mercilessly fact-checked the president's almost 10-minute speech from the Oval Office immediately after it ended, breaking down a "number of claims" that were grossly misleading.

CBS is in a contract battle with Nielsen so is not issuing ratings data.

Fox News edged out CBS for the top spot overall.

It's Day 17 of the US government shutdown, with Donald Trump refusing to budge on his demand of $5.7 billion to build his border wall, and about to make a prime-time address on the subject on Tuesday.

"He talked about undocumented crossings over the past months; in fact the number of undocumented crossings over the southern border has been steadily down over the last 10 years and the government reports that there is more outward traffic than inward traffic".

Then came his joke: "They should either reject him outright, or if he insists on speaking in prime time, make him do it as a contestant on 'The Masked Singer, '" referencing the new singing competition show on Fox.

Normally, Fox News viewers can count on watching hours and hours of regularly scheduled programming without getting a whiff of an inconvenient truth, but tonight Shepard Smith, one of the few (only?) honest brokers on the network, called Trump out on the steaming pile of racist offal he was serving the nation tonight.

CNN brought on Daniel Dale, a White House correspondent for the Toronto Star, who has become known for cataloguing Trump misstatements, and he said the president falsely asserted it was the Democrats who had advanced the idea of a steel barrier instead of a wall. But CNN and MSNBC used that form of fact-checking after he had finished. On NBC and Fox proper, the two were even also.

Overall, with its double dose of Ellen and New Amsterdam (1.0/4), NBC won Tuesday's primetime in the demo with a 1.4/6.

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