Is Donald Trump The Most Powerful Man On TV?

It looks like he could force CNBC to change debate format


Donald Trump appears in a promotional photo from 'The Apprentice'

Haters are gonna hate… but Donald Trump may still be the most powerful man on television.  For now, anyway.

On Thursday, the GOP hopeful threatened to back out of an October 28 presidential debate unless broadcaster CNBC changes the format.

And we all know what is going to happen next.

Trump has been ratings gold in every major television appearance he has made since declaring his candidacy in June.  More than 23 million viewers tuned in to the first Republican showdown on Fox News channel.

He also drew huge numbers for appearances on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON and THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT.

Buzz is already building about his upcoming appearance on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE in November.

Now, with a firm understanding of how much commercial advertising revenue it could generate, CNBC is attempting to stretch the next Trump-centric debate to a mind-numbing three hours and place restrictions on opening and closing remarks.

The Donald knows greed and has put his foot down.  His closest challenger, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, is also threatening to be a no-show.

“.@CNBC is pushing the @GOP around by asking for extra time (and no criteria) in order to sell more commercials,” Trump tweeted to his four million-plus followers Thursday.

Expect the network to acquiesce very soon.

Sean Daly

Sean Daly

Editor-In-Chief at TheTVPage.com
Sean Daly is a veteran entertainment journalist.His work has appeared in People, Us Weekly, The Toronto Star and other top publications. He was the west coast TV reporter for The New York Post from 2008 - 2013. Sean is the author of Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America's Got Talent and Teen Mom Confidential: Secrets and Scandals From MTV's Most Controversial Shows.
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