Trump will visit the Capitol on Wednesday to meet with Senate Republicans, and has invited Democratic and Republican congressional leaders to return to the White House to meet with him later that day.
Opposition response usually draws a reduced viewership, as people gradually tune out during a presidential address, making the higher ratings more striking, even if the numbers were just slightly above the president's speech. According to Nielsen, 1,870,000 viewers in the key demo tuned into Fox News. "ABC, NBC, Fox, and CBS knew that their customers would not be happy if the President ate into time reserved for some of the most popular shows on television, including The Big Bang Theory and Bones", The Washington Post reported in 2014. "My network will be carrying Trump's Wall speech live".
Fox anchor Shepard Smith mercilessly fact-checked the president's almost 10-minute speech from the Oval Office immediately after it ended, breaking down a "number of claims" that were grossly misleading.
By shutting down the government over border wall funding, Trump has "chosen to hold hostage critical services for the health, safety, and wellbeing of the American people and withhold the paychecks of 800,000 innocent workers across the nation", Pelosi said.
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith disputed claims made by Donald Trump during his first prime-time Oval Office address in an unusual sign of disagreement between the president and his favored news channel. "It's he who requested it and he who said he would own the shutdown". And CNN finished third with 3,571,000.
As of Tuesday morning, all the major cable and broadcast networks have confirmed that they will carry the Democratic speech. "The networks gave the White House exactly what the president wanted: unhindered access to lie to their audience". That sets a precedent that may be tough for them to back away from in future events, he said.