Trump Wins Thursday Night – Stands Up To Fox

Donald Trump was on CNN, MSNBC and was talked about on the Fox News GOP Presidential debate that he chose to boycott on Thursday night in Iowa. Fox’s Trump-less debate had 12.5 million viewers between 9 and 11 p.m., according to Nielsen.

Without any big time promotion for his event two of the cable channels, showed parts of Trump’s fundraising event, CNN and MSNBC, had about 2.7 million viewers combined. Along with the MSNBC, CNN along with a large number of smaller cable outlets and a countless websites that streamed the event.

Practically speaking, there is no way Trump’s event could have out-rated the debate. But ratings experts said Trump did appear to take a chunk out of Fox’s audience.

However it was the one of the lowest rated debates of the six previous GOP Debates. The only debate that had fewer viewers was the one that aired on the Fox Business Channel which is in fewer cable homes.

Fox averaged a record-smashing 25 million viewers last August during the first debate of the season. Trump clashed with moderator Megyn Kelly that time — and avoided a rematch by skipping Thursday’s debate.

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No one in the TV news business expected Fox to surpass the 25 million mark this time.  This was a high-stakes debate just a few days before the Iowa caucuses missed Donald Trump and the numbers showed reflected his absence.

So, Trump wins the night despite holding his own event and taking a pass on the Fox News GOP Debate and he wins Thursday night without showing up for the debate. Trump beats Fox News, something that no GOP candidate has ever done.

Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.