Americans started tuning him out years ago. Somehow he managed to still draw the interest of roughly 24 million for his orgy of self-adulation the other night.
More than 24 million people tuned in to the four leading broadcast television networks on Tuesday night to watch President Barack Obama address the nation for the final time as its commander-in-chief.
Comcast-owned NBC lead all broadcast networks by averaging roughly 8.9 million viewers during Obama’s nearly hour-long speech, according to early numbers reported on Wednesday by Nielsen. (Numbers for the various cable networks that also carried Obama’s speech have not yet been released.) ABC (5.7 million viewers) and CBS (6.7 million) also averaged large viewerships in the 9 p.m. ET time-slot, thanks to Obama’s address, while Foxpulled in about 2.8 million viewers.
The speech also aired on cable news networks CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, as well as on C-SPAN and PBS, while various live-streams were also available online.
We challenge even the most diehard Obama zombie to see if they can recall even one memorable line, especially any that aren’t self-serving. Here’s a look at Obama upon release of the ratings: