Lowest ratings in 15 years. Like the overwhelming majority of Americans, we avoided it.
Television viewership for President Obama’s State of the Union address fell to a 15-year low, according to numbers from Nielsen.
The hour and fiftenn minute-long speech drew an average of 31.7 million viewers on broadcast and cable networks Tuesday, the measurement firm said.
The combined figure is down about 5% from last year’s State of the Union address, which clocked in at 33.3 million.
This year’s count, which does not include people who streamed the event online, was the lowest since President Clinton’s final State of the Union in 2000. That speech pulled in just under 31.5 million viewers.
Nielsen’s combined tally included networks ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Al Jazeera America, Azteca, CNN, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, Galavision, MSNBC, MundoFox and Univision.
Only one more to endure from this clown. His numbers, like his credibility, have deeply eroded during his failed presidency.
Viewership for Obama’s State of the Union addresses has been in decline since 2009, when he drew 52.4 million television viewers. 48.0 million watched on television in 2010, 42.8 million in 2011, 37.8 million in 2012 and 33.5 million in 2013.
Just wait for the reaction:
So who will be the first Obama flack to hang their hopes on the fact Nielsen numbers don't include digital streaming viewership?
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) January 21, 2015