Trump dominates TV news, draws 3 times as much coverage as Cruz, 15 times more than Kasich

by Jennifer Harper  |  published on May 3, 2016

Broadcasters have been very kind to Donald Trump. The Republican presidential front-runner has dominated the news on CBS, NBC and ABC according to a meticulous analysis by Rich Noyes, senior editor for, a conservative media watchdog.

“The networks awarded Donald Trump far more airtime than any of his rivals. Over the past four months, Trump received three times as much TV news coverage as his closest rival, Ted Cruz, and a whopping 15 times as much as John Kasich,” Mr. Noyes said.

It is significant advantage, considering that the combined viewing audience for evening news on all three networks is about 25 million.

From January through mid-April, Mr. Trump was showcased in 62 percent of all primetime presidential coverage on the “Big Three” networks, for a total of 776 minutes. Mr. Cruz drew 20 percent, or 254 minutes, and Mr. Kasich 4 percent, or 52 minutes.

Mr. Trump’s coverage was over twice that of Democratic hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders combined — which amounted to 748 minutes between them. Neither Democrat dominated the coverage, the study found. By April, network interest in Mrs. Clinton’s campaign had dropped, leaving the two rivals almost neck and neck. Mrs. Clinton drew just over half the coverage; Mr. Sanders, 47 percent.

  • justinwachin

    Once Donald gets the nomination we are likely to see things change. Up to this point the media has done a good job advancing Mr. Trump’s popularity. Once he hits the 1237 mark (or more likely after the Republican National Convention), the media will get around to reporting Trump’s multiple marriages, multiple bankruptcies, Trump University and whatever other skeletons he may have in his closet.

    The media helped sink the chances of many of the other Republican candidates by giving them little or no airtime. The message to the voters was that those other candidates were insignificant. That turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Donald Trump was the media’s choice for the Republican nomination. Considering most people in the media are liberal it doesn’t take much imagination to figure what will happen once the convention is over.

  • used_to_be_a_liberal

    Cruz just dropped out of the race, he is no longer running!!!

  • used_to_be_a_liberal

    And so, what is your point? Apart from Trump getting all that coverage, which by the way, and for the most part, wasn’t in a positive light for Trump.
    So, then Trump must have the smarts to defeat the main stream media, despite all their efforts to make him look like a buffoon. Trump has what it takes to fight back, and he did. Perhaps he just might do the same for the country.
    Oh, Trump has taken Indiana, and at the moment has a 34 point lead over Cruz in California.
    The Ted Cruz, John Kasich Alliance Failed!
    The Cruz, Fiorina Alliance Failed
    The Glenn Beck Prayer and Fast Failed.

  • PPTA

    I do not see Fox News even mentioned. So much for Fox News and bashing Trump. I wonder what Meg Kell, Shepard and hume will do after the election??????

    • Rex Sutton

      Ha. Bimbo

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