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Trump: TV Ratings Would ‘Collapse’ If I Dropped out of Race

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump loves the spotlight. Even he wouldn’t deny this.

In a recent commentary, Trump suggested that networks like CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC need him as he is providing them with a large number of views and advertising revenue.

The candidate suggested that a campaign without Trump would cause a “depression in television.”

“There’d be a major collapse of the race, and there’d be a major collapse of television ratings,” Trump said. “It would become a depression in television.”

The Hill reports:

Trump has dominated the GOP field in polling since mid-July, though his lead has narrowed in recent weeks.

The businessman’s presence on the GOP debate stage brought in record-breaking ratings numbers for CNN and Fox News, surpassing any previous forum for either party.

An estimated 24 million people watched Fox News’s first debate in August, while another 23 million tuned into CNN’s debate last month.

CNN reportedly charged between $150,000 and $200,000 for a 30-second spot during its three-hour debate in September.

Trump has a reputation for following coverage of himself very closely. A recent Times profile described a scene in which he flipped through the cable networks for “a good part” of a three-hour flight, giving commentary on the various pundits.

But Trump said the campaign would become “boring” without him.

“I wouldn’t even be watching it probably, and neither would anybody else,” he said.

Photo credit: ABC News.

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