• Donald Trump’s 3rd State of the Union Address Tumbles in Broadcast TV Ratings
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    Donald Trump’s 3rd State of the Union Address Tumbles in Broadcast TV Ratings

    Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was all anybody could talk about on Tuesday, but “Ellen’s Game of Games” showed up for NBC too.This third SOTU from the 45th president of the United States of America is currently down 26% in Big-4 broadcast viewers from his second. According to early Nielsen returns, CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox drew a combined 16 million viewers for the 2020 address. That tally is preliminary, however, and should be considered subject to (upward) adjustment.The comparable initial tally last year was 21.6 million across those four networks.Also Read: Mike Pence Says Pelosi Hit a 'New Low' When She Tore Up Trump's State of the Union SpeechNBC and Fox tied for first in ratings, both with a 0.9 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. NBC was second in total viewers with an average of 4.4 million, according to preliminary numbers, Fox was fourth with 3.2 million.For NBC, “Ellen’s Game of Games” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.0/5 and 5 million viewers. From 9 to 10, the Trump address pulled in a 0.9/4 and and 4.4 million viewers. The conclusion of his speech mixed with the channel’s analysis and the democrat response in the 10 p.m. hour averaged a 1.0/5 and 3.8 million viewers.For Fox, “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” at 8 got a 0.8/4 and 3.1 million viewers. At 9, the State of the Union received a 0.9/4 and 3.2 million viewers.Also Read: Ratings: Heavy Super Bowl LIV Promotion Powers '9-1-1: Lone Star,' 'Prodigal Son' to 30% GrowthCBS and ABC tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.5/3. CBS was first in total viewers with 4.8 million, ABC was third with 3.5 million.For CBS, following a rerun, the SOTU at 9 put up a 0.5/3 and 4.6 million viewers. The conclusion of Trump’s speech, the CBS analysis, and the democrat response in the 10 p.m. hour averaged a 0.5/3 and 3.9 million viewers.For ABC, following repeats, the Trump address had a 0.5/2 and 3.5 million viewers. The SOTU stuff from 10-11 received a 0.6/3 and 3.4 million viewers.Also Read: Fran Drescher Says Trump Demanded a Line Be Changed About His Net Worth When He Guest-Starred on 'The Nanny' (Video)Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 1.2 million. The CW and Telemundo tied for sixth in ratings, both with a 0.3/2. The CW was sixth in total viewers with 1.04 million, Telemundo was seventh with 1.02 million.For The CW, “The Flash” at 8 had a 0.4/2 and 1.3 million viewers. At 9, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” got a 0.2/1 and 788,000 viewers.Read original story Donald Trump’s 3rd State of the Union Address Tumbles in Broadcast TV Ratings At TheWrap

  • Mike Pence Says Pelosi Hit a ‘New Low’ When She Tore Up Trump’s State of the Union Speech
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    Mike Pence Says Pelosi Hit a ‘New Low’ When She Tore Up Trump’s State of the Union Speech

    Mike Pence attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday morning, saying on Fox News she hit a “new low” when she tore up President Trump’s State of the Union speech.Discussing the instantly-viral moment from Tuesday night, the vice president said: “I didn’t see her do it. I found out just a few moments later and I think it was a new low.”Also Read: Nancy Pelosi Tears Up Trump's Speech at the End of the State of the Union Address (Video)“It’s clear the contrast here was a president who spent an hour and a half making a speech about America, right? And Nancy Pelosi, in the final moments, tried to make it about her and I think the American people see through it,” he continued. “I think they see through the pettiness, they see through the politics of all of it.”Pence called the speech “a great, great blessing to people all across America,” then said he had “a strong feeling that she’s going to be the last Speaker of the House to sit in that chair for a long time.”Pelosi’s tearing of the paper came after Trump did not shake her outstretched hand at the beginning of the address. After receiving that copy of the speech at the beginning of the night’s proceedings, Pelosi extended her hand.Trump did not shake it, but he was already turning to face Congress and may have not seen her gesture. It’s worth noting Trump did not shake Pence’s hand either.Read original story Mike Pence Says Pelosi Hit a ‘New Low’ When She Tore Up Trump’s State of the Union Speech At TheWrap

  • Nancy Pelosi Tears Up Trump’s Speech at the End of the State of the Union Address (Video)
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    Nancy Pelosi Tears Up Trump’s Speech at the End of the State of the Union Address (Video)

    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tore up the advance copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address after the president finished speaking Tuesday night. The move came after Trump did not shake her outstretched hand at the beginning of the address.Pelosi and Vice President Pence (who also serves as the president of the Senate) stood behind Trump while he made his address. After he finished, Pence clapped as Trump nodded and conversed with nearby audience members, but Pelosi made quick work of shredding the copy of the speech before her.After receiving that copy of the speech at the beginning of the night’s proceedings, Pelosi extended her hand. Trump did not shake it, but he was already turning to face Congress and may have not seen her gesture. It’s worth noting Trump did not shake Pence’s hand either.Also Read: Here's What Democratic Legislators Chanted During the State of the Union AddressDuring the address, Pelosi seemed to visibly react to Trump’s comments about her home state of California, and at times appeared to mouth messages to Democrats to maintain order.The speech-ripping moment lit up Twitter almost immediately. On the left, some praised her, like Charlotte Clymer of the Human Rights Campaign, who called her a “hero” and a “legend.” On the right, Pelosi was vilified. Radio host Michael Savage declared she had melted down in front of the world.When asked why she ripped up the speech, Pelosi told Fox News, “Because it was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives.”The White House issued a statement after the address, stating, “For such a really big night, she sure behaved pretty small.”The media seemed surprised by Pelosi’s actions as well.NBC News’ Lester Holt called it a “stunning moment” while colleague Chuck Todd mused instead on the contents of the ripped paper: “It’s so far removed from a traditional state of the Union at this point … It’ s just timing that we’re calling it a State of the Union. This was a conservative campaign checklist of making sure you hit every special interest group.”Over on Fox News, Martha MacCallum reacted simply by saying, “That is something.” Brit Hume noted he thought there was “an element of rage” in Pelosi’s action.This isn’t Pelosi’s first time creating a GIF-able, viral moment during the State of the Union. Last year, she infamously clapped in Trump’s face, wearing an expression that launched a thousand memes.She didn’t do everything the same as previous years, though. The Speaker of the House typically starts the evening saying, “I have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the President of the United States.”Instead, this year, Pelosi gave an abridged introduction: “Members of Congress, the President of the United States.”Watch Pelosi’s shredding above.Read original story Nancy Pelosi Tears Up Trump’s Speech at the End of the State of the Union Address (Video) At TheWrap

  • Here’s What Democratic Legislators Chanted During the State of the Union Address
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    Here’s What Democratic Legislators Chanted During the State of the Union Address

    About 45 minutes into President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday, Democratic lawmakers shouted over him: “HR 3! HR 3!”The reference was to a Democratic House bill on drug pricing, also known as “the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.” It passed in the House after being introduced by the late Rep. Cummings, but hasn’t been taken up by the Senate yet.Also Read: At Least 8 Congressional Democrats Will Skip Trump's State of the Union TonightTrump had just finished speaking about the “long, tall and very powerful wall” being built on the country’s southern border and was moving on to discuss prescription drug prices. The chant came when Trump said, “Working together, Congress can reduce drug prices substantially from current levels. I’ve been speaking to Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and others in Congress in order to get something on drug pricing done and done quickly and properly. I’m calling for bipartisan legislation that achieves the goal of dramatically lowering prescription drug prices. Get a bill on my desk and I will sign it into law immediately.”“HR 3! HR 3!” yelled Democratic members of Congress, holding up hand signs that showed a number 3. Many of the female Democratic congresswomen wore white to honor suffragists.Trump continued to talk over them, moving on to address the American opioid overdose epidemic and the fight against the coronavirus.Among the president’s other talking points Tuesday night included strengthening the border wall, the investment in Space Force and planting the American flag on Mars, appointing more conservative judges, banning late-term abortions and protecting 2nd Amendment rights.Watch the chanting below:WATCH: Democrats chant "HR 3," referencing bill on drug prices, in response to President Trump's call for legislation to lower prescription drug prices. pic.twitter.com/zqbUvoldWB— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 5, 2020Read original story Here’s What Democratic Legislators Chanted During the State of the Union Address At TheWrap

  • At Least 8 Congressional Democrats Will Skip Trump’s State of the Union Tonight
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    At Least 8 Congressional Democrats Will Skip Trump’s State of the Union Tonight

    Tuesday afternoon, several prominent Democratic lawmakers announced they will boycott the 2020 State of the Union address scheduled for later in the evening.Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley, two members of the four-woman “Squad” of progressive congresswomen of color, announced via Twitter that they wouldn’t be attending the annual event.“After much deliberation, I have decided that I will not use my presence at a state ceremony to normalize Trump’s lawless conduct & subversion of the Constitution,” wrote New York’s Ocasio-Cortez. “None of this is normal, and I will not legitimize it. Consequently, I will not be attending the State of the Union.”Also Read: Iowa Democratic Caucus Results Delayed by 'Inconsistencies' as Campaigns Spin and Cable News SpeculatesMassachusetts’ Pressley tweeted, “The State of the Union is hurting because of the occupant of the White House, who consistently demonstrates contempt for the American people, contempt for Congress & contempt for our constitution. I cannot in good conscience attend tonight’s sham SOTU.”Reps. Maxine Waters and Frederica Wilson, who have both had personal confrontations with the president, will not be attending. Nor will Rep. Al Green, Steve Cohen, Earl Blumenauer and Hank Johnson.Waters’ statement on Twitter packed a punch: “To think that I would attend the SOTU to hear the message of an IMPEACHED president is a thought that in no way would be consistent w/ my fight and struggle against this dishonorable president. I will certainly NOT be there!”The State of the Union address is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will be carried by all the major networks.Read original story At Least 8 Congressional Democrats Will Skip Trump’s State of the Union Tonight At TheWrap

  • Tiffany Trump's all-white ensemble raises questions at 2019 State of the Union
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    Tiffany Trump's all-white ensemble raises questions at 2019 State of the Union

    "Coincidence or political statement?"