It looks like Trump got crushed by Fox news on two fronts yesterday Jan 29th in regards to the GOP debate. First off Trump's negotiating skills were pummeled when he tried to remove Megyn Kelly from the debate. His long running feud with the Fox News anchor was something he couldn't let go and as a result wimped out of the debate. When the dumb move to remove Kelly failed he tried to get Fox News to contribute $5 million dollars to his charities for veterans organizations. Both those negotiating tactics failed and if he is the greatest negotiator on earth it looks like he isn't what he pertains to be.
So who won the ratings battle. It looks like Fox News blew Trump out of the water on this point. The Fox preliminary ratings came out at 12.5 million viewers compared to the Trump event drawing a miserly 2.7 million viewers. The 12 million viewers was a far cry the 24 million that Fox drew for the first debate where Trump was rattled by Megyn Kelly but if you add the Trump viewers to this debate it would most likely have come in at 14 mil. However you look at it, the debate came out the big winner over Trump's event at Drake University. Both CNN and MSNBC carried portions of the Trump event and it was fully covered by OAN (One America News) and their combined rating was 2.7 million viewers.
The Trump Campaign had predicted that the debate on Fox would garner in the neighborhood of 1 to 2 million viewers. It looks like they were off by 10 million viewers. The previous debate on Fox Business network only saw a viewership of 11 million and Trump was a participant in that one.Fox can still claim that this debate was the second highest rated telecast in the network's twenty year history. Even the under card debate beat Trump's event numbers. I would assume that Trump blew it on two fronts on his shrewd calculation and no telling whether this will hurt or help him with Iowan voters on Monday. As it turned out Trump was the big loser but it is a given that he'll put his famous Trump spin on it and will lie about this debacle like he lies about everything else.