President Trump’s daily coronavirus meetings in the White House are a ratings hit.
The president, who has taken the lead in the working group’s daily updates to the nation, has attracted an average audience of about 8.5 million viewers on cable news – about the number of viewers watching the season finale of “The Bachelor,” The New York Times reported on Wednesday with reference to Nielsen number.
And as the outbreak continues to grow across the country and more Americans are following orders in place in a number of states, viewership is increasing.
Monday’s orientation drew 12.2 million people on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, ratings similar to those of “Monday Night Football.”
Fox News has taken advantage of the information meetings, with the cable network attracting 6.2 million viewers on Monday, numbers on par with popular prime shows.
The newspaper said that millions more view the traditional networks – ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as online – but that they offer less reliable numbers than cable stations because of how Nielsen values are measured.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has also brought up the limelight with his daily updates on the Empire State corona virus, but comparison results numbers were not available.
Trump originally kept COVID-19 briefings from the Oval Office and the Rose Garden but moved them permanently into the White House on March 14.
Vice President Mike Pence, who heads the White House working group, once started with the information, but the president soon began announcing at the beginning and raising questions from reporters.
While Cuomo usually holds his in the late morning, Trump plans his in the White House information room for about 5 p.m. and they bleed routinely into 6 hours or later.