Millions of Americans Chose 'The Flash' Over Trump This Week


President Donald Trump announced his nomination for a new Supreme Court Justice on Tuesday, January 31. His speech aired on all of the primary television networks, including CBS. Over at CBS’s young adult network, The CW, however, The Flash played instead of Trump’s announcement. Viewer data shows 3.04 million people watched Barry defend his planet from an alternate reality instead of keeping up on the judicial branch.

[Donald Trump](https://www.inverse.com/topic/donald-trump0 has always been obsessed with television ratings so it there was no surprise when the President decided to air his executive duty on TV as if it were a primetime television event. Unfortunately, he can’t force every TV network to televise his achievements (yet) and so aside from the four biggest cable networks, the rest of the TV sphere carried on with their regularly scheduled programming, and in the case of The Flash, may have benefited from the sudden lack of competition.

Thanks to Donald Trump’s competitive nature, we can probably expect a series of dismissive tweets once this new reaches him about how The Flash is a loser show for losers, and how “superheroes” are undermining him with fake news and alternative facts, or something along those lines.

Meanwhile we can only imagine that The Flash team at the CW who saw the 22% bump in audience viewership of adults between the ages of 18-49 as a kind of boon. Even DC’s Legends of Tomorrow saw a viewership bump of 3% which resulted in an overall 17% viewership bump for the network. Perhaps the CW should try and schedule important episodes with more of Donald Trump’s televised annoucements in the future.

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 pm ET/PST on The CW.

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