Trump rallies ….

The President Rallies

A few weeks back we mentioned there were early signs that President Trump was finding his footing and we should watch his ratings. The results are now coming in and he is picking up approval points. Every poll now shows him up to the 42-44 range (even those that had him in the 30’s). So he is making some progress and do you notice the uncontrolled tweeting is down?

Before any supporters get too excited let’s remember he is just getting back to where he was, and the place he has peaked, the mid 40’s. As events unfold let’s see if he can gain some new support and get closer to the 50% level.

What has driven his numbers are the positive leadership with the storms, his strong stance with North Korea, and under control comments. This upcoming week offers more. The storm in Puerto Rico where he will no doubt visit, the continued ranting of Kim Jung Un and the President’s steady tightening of the noose, and the healthcare vote upcoming. Let’s see.

On North Korea, the President has earned high marks getting S.Korea and Japan to fall in line with him. He is truly leading. Then when China’s bank announced its plan to freeze transactions with N.Korea it was a major coup. We don’t know the outcome but the President is leading, and even the MSM will have trouble attacking. Though they are saying the President’s rhetoric is loud. Yea, well the quiet diplomacy of Obama, Bush and Clinton surely worked, didn’t it?

Then the Afghan President thanked Trump so profusely for his leadership yesterday at the UN. Did you see that? He said Trump’s leadership was “a difference between day and night”.  Wonder if Obama saw that as “aggravating” (more on this below).

Short Takes

That vote on healthcare for the Cassidy/Graham bill is getting really interesting. There seems to be a quiet confidence that this bill will pass. Here’s what to watch. We know Rand Paul and Susan Collins are against it. The other two Republicans are John McCain and Lisa Murkowski. They would have to vote along with every other Republican to get to fifty votes. We don’t think they will. There’s a better chance that McCain will because of his friend Graham. But no guarantee. So why the confidence? There may be a few Democrats whose states will benefit from this change and are in Republican states that may surprise.

You see, the bill changes the funding and while states like California and New York lose funding, many others gain big. What does a Democrat in a state that gains with a Republican leaning do? Watch that as the week unfolds. One or two votes could make the difference.

On this topic, did you see former President Barack Obama said in a speech that it is “aggravating” to see lawmakers try to unravel Obamacare?
Wonder if he knows how aggravating it was to some the way he passed it to start?
By the way, Sen. Lindsey Graham fired back at Obama in a statement arguing that the former president would not recognize that his signature issue continues to fail.

The President is heading to Alabama to support Luther Strange in the Republican primary against Roy Moore. We ask again, why? Moore is likely to win and he is a strong Trump supporter. Presidents generally don’t get involved in primaries. The President says Strange (who replaced Sessions) has supported him.
A lead radio talk host in the state,Matt Murphy said this:
“What I would say to Mr. President, and if I get the opportunity, I’m going to say this, Alabama loves you, and Alabama supports you, but Alabama does not need you telling us who to vote for, for the United States Senate”.

Isn’t it funny how the MSM has not caught up yet to the Obama Administration exposing of names scandal yet? Samantha Powers as UN rep did how many un-maskings? For what reason?

The NYT reports today that battle over confederate monuments has moved to cemeteries. The argument is whether a cemetery is public property and are they on display.
This is a little too far for us.

The Ratings

As Fox readies it’s new line up beginning Monday night here’s the update for this week and below that the full week last week.

Total Viewers (Live +SD) MONDAY. FOX WINS, TUCKER #1 MADDOW #2.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.606 | CNN: 742 | MSNBC: 1.080 | HLN: 198
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.329 | CNN: 931 | MSNBC: 2.021 | HLN: 189
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.451
Shep:
1.741
Baier:
1.985
MacCallum:
2.004
Carlson:
2.575
Five:
2.193
Hannity:
2.220
Carlson:
1.284
CNN Tapper:
882
Blitzer:
827
Blitzer:
836
Burnett:
1.010
Cooper:
975
Cooper:
854
Lemon:
964
Lemon:
714
MSNBC Wallace:
941
MTPDaily:
1.096
Melber:
1.106
Matthews:
1.478
Hayes:
1.542
Maddow:
2.520
O’Donnell:
1.989
Wlms:
1.382
HLN MichaeLA:
99
Files:
106
Files:
137
S.E.Cupp:
71
Banfield:
140
Hunt:
196
KillingMe:
231
Files:
301

Total Viewers. TUESDAY. FOX WINS. HANNITY #1 SHOW. TUCKER #2.

  • Total day: FNC: 1.948 | CNN: 902 | MSNBC: 1.251 | HLN: 216
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.724 | CNN: 1.140 | MSNBC: 2.269 | HLN: 257
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.965
Baier:
2.198
Baier:
2.558
MacCallum:
2.557
Carlson:
2.782
Five:
2.529
Hannity:
2.860
Carlson:
1.564
CNN Tapper:
1.052
Blitzer:
1.087
Blitzer:
1.096
Burnett:
1.130
Cooper:
1.141
Cooper:
1.148
Lemon:
1.124
Lemon:
874
MSNBC Wallace:
1.238
MTPDaily:
1.254
Melber:
1.331
Matthews:
1.658
Hayes:
1.689
Maddow:
2.743
O’Donnell:
2.368
Wlms:
1.602
HLN MichaeLA:
90
Files:
95
Files:
125
S.E.Cupp:
66
Banfield:
177
Files:
260
Files:
334
Files:
422

Total Viewers (Live +SD). WEDNESDAY. MADDOW #1, HANNITY #2. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.704 | CNN: 936 | MSNBC: 1.172 | HLN: 205
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.471 | CNN: 1.107 | MSNBC: 2.240 | HLN: 237
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.490
Baier:
1.837
Baier:
2.106
MacCallum:
2.114
Carlson:
2.598
Five:
2.250
Hannity:
2.564
Carlson:
1.373
CNN Tapper:
1.010
Blitzer:
1.117
Blitzer:
1.064
Burnett:
1.095
Cooper:
1.188
Cooper:
1.052
Lemon:
1.078
Lemon:
931
MSNBC Wallace:
1.035
MTPDaily:
1.175
Melber:
1.189
Matthews:
1.613
Hayes:
1.774
Maddow:
2.699
O’Donnell:
2.239
Wlms:
1.389
HLN MichaeLA:
81
Killing:
112
Killing:
144
S.E.Cupp:
74
Banfield:
213
Killing:
186
Files:
311
Files:
343

Basic cable’s five-most-watched networks for the week of Sept. 11:

Basic Cable Top 5 – Prime Time (total viewers)

  1. ESPN (2,867,000)
  2. Fox News (2,111,000)
  3. MSNBC (1,625,000)
  4. USA (1,496,000)
  5. HGTV (1,366,000)

Basic Cable Top 5 – Total Day (total viewers)

  1. FNC (1,351,000)
  2. Nickelodeon (1,089,000)
  3. ESPN (1,016,000)
  4. MSNBC (842,000)
  5. Adult Swim (1,048,000)

 

 

 

 

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