However, Kimmel said that Trump has made a "big mistake" in his attempts to achieve this.
And the deeper numbers indicate those tuning in are more likely to be opposed to Trump's request for $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall.
Fox News Channel with 8.044 million viewers and CBS with 8.043 million were in a virtual dead heat as the top destination.
In that key 25-54 age bracket, FNC topped CNN (1.385M) and clobbered MSNBC (811K).More news: Pence says Trump’s wall claim was just his ‘impression’
Wallace reserved her harshest criticism for Trump's attempt to fabricate the appearance of a crisis where there is none.
Veteran ABC anchor Ted Koppel, speaking with The New York Times, said Trump deserved the "benefit of the doubt". "But that was a bipartisan announcement, and this is an overtly political move by the White House".
"The networks, I hope, yesterday struggled with the decision to put this on, because he consistently hasn't told the truth".
There was some internal debate at networks about whether to grant Trump the TV time for Tuesday's speech, but 11 separate networks aired it. Naturally, late-night hosts had a field day with all this. "It was historic. Rarely does a president of the United States interrupt primetime television to warn us about a completely made-up thing".More news: Toni Kroos facing one month out with muscle injury
This latest government shutdown, the second-longest in the nation's history, occurred when talks broke down between congressional leaders and the White House over a spending deal.
However, that number rose to about 47% in the next 15-minute block, during which Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi presented a response.
Smith's analysis drew an angry response on Twitter from many of Fox News' conservative fans.
As of Tuesday morning, all the major cable and broadcast networks have confirmed that they will carry the Democratic speech.More news: Bayern Munich to sign Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart this summer