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 TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table 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 PelosiNews media's sausage-making obsession helps no one Klobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLawmakers take aim at 'Grinches' using bots to target consumers during holidays Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Schumer mourns death of 'amazing' father 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