Overnight Ratings: Obama’s First Presidential Address Outdrew Trump’s by 17%


Well, the overnight ratings are in from Nielsen, and as expected, President Donald Trump’s address to the joint session of Congress drew a significant television audience. However, it didn’t do nearly as well as President Barack Obama’s first address in February 2009.

Looking at seven networks that carried the speech live — ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC — the address pulled in a combined household rating of 27.8 in the overnight ratings of Nielsen’s metered markets. In comparison, Obama’s first presidential address nabbed an early rating of 33.4, a difference of 17%.

Those early numbers for Obama turned into a final audience of 52.4 million across the broadcast and cable networks. Comparably, George W. Bush’s first address grabbed 39.8 million viewers, with his 2003 State of the Union grabbing a huge audience of 62.1 million. (That was during the lead-up to the Iraq War.)

Regarding individual networks, Fox News was the leader in last night’s early ratings with an overnight rating of 6.4. They were followed by NBC at 5.5, CBS at 4.6 and ABC at 4.0. CNN (3.0) outdrew FOX (2.3) and MSNBC (2.0).

Final numbers will be out later this afternoon.

UPDATE 2:55 PM ET: Final numbers are in and Trump’s address drew a total of 43.4 million viewers across cable and broadcast networks.

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