President Donald Trump’s latest campaign rally attracted record-high viewers on television, which may support his claim at the event that “the silent majority is stronger than ever before.”
The president’s Saturday, June 20, rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, saw nearly 6,200 attendants at the BOK Center, which was smaller than expected, but remained one of the largest indoor gatherings in the world during the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2020
In addition, Nielsen data shows that President Trump’s rally, his first since the beginning of the virus outbreak, gave Fox News the largest Saturday night audience in its history, with a whopping 7.7 million total viewers tuning into the channel from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT during the president’s remarks.
Including the significant audience that watched via streaming platforms, more viewers watched his speech.
Tim Murtaugh, the director of communications for Trump campaign, said that the rally in Tulsa attracted over 4 million unique viewers across all of the campaign’s digital media channels. The live-streamed pre-rally shows drew an audience of more than 2.5 million unique viewers by themselves.
“These numbers represent unmatched enthusiasm behind the president’s re-election and a massive audience that Joe Biden can only dream of,” Murtaugh said.
President Trump’s State of the Union address is the only telecast on Fox News in 2020 to outdraw the 9 p.m. hour of his speech on Saturday, which averaged 8.2 million total viewers, the channel said.
By comparison, ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft’s opening night averaged 8 million, MSNBC’s most-watched Democratic primary debate averaged 7.7 million, and CNN’s most-watched weekday Democratic primary debate averaged 7.4 million.
Fox News’s YouTube stream picked up over 2.1 million views, while Fox Business Network’s livestream drew over 580,000. The rally was also streamed on a variety of other platforms.
However, liberal pundits have labeled President Trump’s rally a disappointment, pointing to the in-person attendance figures.
The Trump campaign said that media organizations are complicit in spreading false narratives about the event.