Dem columnist says 'ratings hungry' networks have to air Trump speech

Democratic analyst and columnist Jonathan Harris said the TV networks have agreed to air President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE's prime-time address on Tuesday because they are desperate for ratings. 

"I think they're ratings hungry," Harris told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising."

"They know that Trump is a clown and a circus, and a circus always does well," he continued. "So whatever he does, people are going to be watching."

CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, Fox Business and CNN all confirmed to The Hill on Monday that they will air the prime-time address on Tuesday. 

Most networks have also confirmed they will air the Democratic response to Trump's address, which will be delivered by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' On The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Overnight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Dem chair meets Trump health chief on drug prices | Trump officials sued over new Kentucky Medicaid work rules | Democrats vow to lift ban on federal funds for abortions We can’t tackle climate change if we ignore the main polluter — transportation Hoyer introducing legislation to block Trump from lifting sanctions on Russian companies MORE (D-N.Y.). 

In 2014, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX all declined to air former President Obama's address on immigration policy because it was expected to be political, according to The Washington Post. 

— Julia Manchester