Fox News had 4.8 million viewers for its coverage of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham open to investigating Acosta-Epstein plea deal Sustaining progress with Mexico on migration Government to issue licenses for business with Huawei MORE‘s Fourth of July “Salute to America” speech, according to Nielsen Media Research, marking the highest ratings the network has registered on July 4 in its nearly 23-year history.

The viewership topped NBC’s prime-time coverage of the Fourth of July fireworks show from New York City, which averaged 3.8 million total viewers.


CNN also carried Trump’s speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington live and averaged 1.5 million viewers.

In the 25- to 54-year-old demographic sought by advertisers, Fox News averaged 793,000 viewers during the president’s remarks, while CNN averaged 353,000 in the category.

The Fox coverage was anchored by chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel.

Trump announced Monday he planned to hold a similar Fourth of July event in 2020, sparking backlash from Democrats who believe the event is too expensive.

“It was a wonderful day for all Americans and based on its tremendous success, we’re just making the decision and I think we can say we’ve made the decision to do it again next year. And maybe we can say for the foreseeable future,” Trump said at the White House on Monday.

The Interior Department and Defense Department have not provided specifics around the cost of the 2019 event. 

Updated: 3:39 p.m.

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