Donald Trump’s first prime time Interview as president drew less viewers that President Obama’s first interview after he was sworn in.Variety reports Trump’s interview on ABC News with David Muir drew 7.5 million viewers compared to President Obama’s first prime time interview in 2009, where he drew 17.04 million.
Um, somebody’s going to be mad. You will recall Trump’s inauguration crowd size was a fraction of President Obama’s in 2009. Trump went off the deep end, even directly contacting the director of the National Park Service to show pictures with bigger crowds.
Variety: “In Nielsen’s preliminary ratings, President Trump’s interview with ABC News’ David Muir on Wednesday night drew a 1.7 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 7.5 million viewers on the whole, winning the night but well short of President Obama’s first primetime interview after taking office in 2009.”
“Obama’s first primetime interview — as opposed to a televised press conference or late-night talk show appearance — on March 22, 2009 notched a 3.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and drew a total audience of 17.04 million. Now, circumstances for Obama’s first primetime interview were a little different: His interview was with CBS’ “60 Minutes” — and the episode aired after CBS’ March Madness coverage, giving it a solid lead-in (that it built on considerably). For a more modern comparison, President Trump’s interview on Wednesday garnered about the same preliminary rating as that of Tuesday’s “Chicago Fire” episode that aired in the same 10 p.m. hour.”
Donald Trump’s First Prime Time Interview as POTUS Less Than Obama’s in 2009
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