Obama gets 29 million viewers but FOX wins head-to-head
As you recall, there was a lot of hoopla over the FOX network's decision not to air President Obama's press conference Wednesday night. It wasn't as though FOX News was boycotting the president or anything.Skip to next paragraph
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It's just that the network itself decided to air regular programming instead.
How'd they do?
Well, 28.8 million viewers watched the president filibuster his way through a gruelingly long hour of television. That's not to say it wasn't informative.
The president touched on some meaty subjects. He just took a long time to answer individual questions. But that's his style.
Instead, the only newsworthy moment -- outside of the policy discussion -- was the ridiculous question from the New York Times reporter who asked the president what he was enchanted with. (We put some of the immediate comments from viewers who took to Twitter to laugh at the question here).
Breakin' it down
Anyway, the 28.8 million is a big number but represents a sizable decrease from the president's other two press conferences. Last month, 40.4 million viewers tuned in and February's prime time show garnered 49.5 million people.
As for FOX's decision to bail on the president and carry regular programming, you could argue it was a good decision.
They were number one in the time slot with 7.9 million viewers. Of the nine networks that carried the press conference, NBC came out on top with 6.7 million viewers.
As for the cable news networks, FOX News did the best with 2.6 million viewers. CNN had nearly 2.2 million and MSNBC had nearly 1.8 million.
Rather than provide a video of the press conference, we thought since it was a Friday afternoon, we'd offer something else. Like a head-banging parrot.