Pelosi, Schumer response tops Trump speech in preliminary ratings

The response to President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE's Oval Office address to the nation by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocratic senator to party: 'A little message discipline wouldn't kill us' Overnight Health Care: New wave of COVID-19 cases builds in US | Florida to lift all coronavirus restrictions on restaurants, bars | Trump stirs questions with 0 drug coupon plan Overnight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi slams Trump executive order on pre-existing conditions: It 'isn't worth the paper it's signed on' 3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Cruz blocks amended resolution honoring Ginsburg over language about her dying wish MORE (D-N.Y) on Tuesday night rated slightly higher than the president's remarks, according to preliminary audience figures.

According to early numbers from Nielsen, the quarter hour from 9 to 9:15 p.m. EST that included the president's address attracted a combined 28.1 rating in metered markets on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.

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The 15 minutes that followed immediately after that included remarks by Pelosi and Schumer registered 29.3 across those same networks.

CBS led the way with 8 million viewers, with NBC second with 7 million. ABC had 4.43 million viewers and FOX saw 2.56 million tuning in. 

The early numbers also show that the Pelosi-Schumer response beat Trump by 26 percent on CNN and 15 percent on MSNBC, according to Deadline.

Deadline also notes the Trump address and Democratic response got an equal number of viewers on Fox News.

The partial government shutdown entered its 19th day on Wednesday.

Pelosi and Schumer requested and were granted airtime on all the major broadcast and cable news networks to provide their response to the president's address after Trump received the same courtesy following some deliberation on Monday afternoon by ABC, CBS, NBC and MSNBC.