Thursday Numbers

A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?
-English Nursery Rhyme

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the Grammys, State of the Union numbers, Jon Tester, Twitter & the State of the Union, Greg Gianforte, John Heenan, Grant Kier, unemployment, Super Bowl poll, Houston Rockets point guard James Harden, grading Trump, Trey Gowdy, February 1, and much more!


That’s how many people watched the Grammy Awards on CBS Sunday night. That’s down around 24% as compared to the 2017 Grammy Awards, which nabbed 26.1 million viewers. (Forbes)

That is three and a half hours of my life I won’t get back…


On the cable news stations, that’s how many people watched the State of the Union address Tuesday night on the Fox News Channel. CNN was second with 3.1 million, with MSNBC drawing 2.7 million. (Variety)

I watched the speech on CSPAN – like other highly intelligent independent people…


U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) has raised $9.3 million for his reelection bid and has more than 10 times the money of any potential challenger. (MTN News)

It’s a runaway in fundraising…


For broadcast channels, that’s how many people watched the State of the Union address Tuesday night on NBC. There were 7 million viewers on CBS and 5.4 million on ABC. 3.6 million viewed the speech on the regular on Fox Network. (Variety)

I heard Megyn Kelly was on the NBC broadcast…


With 4.5M Tweets, @POTUS’ speech Tuesday night was the most Tweeted #SOTU or #JointSession address, surpassing the previous record of 3M. (Twitter)

President Trump waited well over 24 hours after the SOTU address before he tweeted. Maybe he was tired from being out late Tuesday night. I was shouting #ComeBackShaneComeBack from my Twitter feed. 


That’s the fundraising total for Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte for his reelection campaign. On the Democrat side, Billings attorney John Heenan has raised 577,000 through the end of last year, although $200,000 of that money is a loan from Heenan himself. Grant Kier, a former land-trust manager from Missoula, said his campaign raised about $441,000 through December. (MTN News)


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)


That is how many words were in the State of the Union speech delivered by President Donald J. Trump Tuesday night. The speech lasted 1:20:31. (The American Presidency Project)


According to a poll here at The Western Word, 72% believe the New England Patriots will win Super Bowl LII.

Thanks to all who participated.


Houston Rockets point guard James Harden had the game of his life this week. He scored 60 points, handed out 11 assists, and grabbed 10 rebounds. (

I loved to play basketball but I had the “too much lead in my shorts” disease…


According to a poll here at The Western Word, 50% felt the President earned an “A” for his State of the Union speech. On the other end of the grading scale, 25% felt he earned an “F” for his speech. The other 25% was divided between “B,” “C,” or “D.”

Thanks to those who participated.


U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election, saying, “Whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system.” Gowdy is finishing his fourth term. (The Hill)

Good riddance.


Today is February 1. How cool is that? It’s a short month, too! Did you know there are many great people with birthdays in February???



4 thoughts on “Thursday Numbers

  1. I’m not surprised the SOTU Twitter count was so high. When you have such a litany of lies being spewed, you’re gonna have a maelstrom of mockery calling them out.

    Feb. is a short month but I’m sure tRump will maintain his daily lie count. He’s off to a good start with his SOTU total viewers claim AND his mis-quote of Sen. Hatch today.

    Clinton beat him by 200K

    Obama 2010 SOTU – 48 millionBush 2003 – 62.1 million Bush 2002 – 51.8 millionClinton 1998 – 53.1 millionClinton 1994 – 45.8 millionNielsen sent this info out yesterday lol— Steven Perlberg (@perlberg) February 1, 2018

  2. I am confused by your numbers on viewers of Trump’s speech. One set says Fox won, as it should be. Another set, obviously in error, reaches a different conclusion? What is it.

    • Dave – you’re right it is confusing. One set was for cable news stations and the other was for broadcast stations. – JmB

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