It's Day 17 of the US government shutdown, with Donald Trump refusing to budge on his demand of $5.7 billion to build his border wall, and about to make a prime-time address on the subject on Tuesday.
Over the weekend, Trump threatened to declare a national state of emergency in order to use still-unspecified presidential "emergency powers" to force a border wall to be built.
The 2014 speech took place during "sweeps" month, which partially affected the networks' decision. But for a moment when he spoke direly of a hammer murder, the president last night remained uncharacteristically subdued throughout his brief address, and at times seemed to struggle to read his lines from the teleprompter.
And yet this time around, all the major networks said they'd provide coverage of the speech.
"I wanted to do our part to pitch in, and so tonight and every night until the shutdown is over, we are going to put a federal employee to work here at the show", Kimmel said as he brought Kostelnik onto the stage.
"The White House says no".
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ventures overseas
However China's state-run Global Times newspaper appeared to reveal the birth year of the North Korean leader in a tweet. Kazianis, Director of Defence Studies at the US -based Centre for the National Interest, said in an e-mailed statement.
"The president made no news and no new proposals", he said.
"Hannity" picked up a whopping 7.1 million total viewers and 1.6 million in the 25-demo, marking it the show's highest-rated telecast in both categories since its return to the 9 p.m. timeslot in September 2017.
Trump will visit the Capitol on Wednesday to meet with Senate Republicans, and has invited Democratic and Republican congressional leaders to return to the White House to meet with him later that day.
Brevity went a long way toward securing those high ratings, as very little of what was presented to the American people on Tuesday night was new material. No other basic cable network surpassed the 2 million average viewership plateau, with ESPN averaging 1.9 million primetime viewers to finish second. That sets a precedent that may be tough for them to back away from in future events, he said.
Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer released a joint statement on Monday evening calling for equal air time.