Audience Dips for State of the Union Address; Numbers Are In for Broadcast, Cable Nets

Jan 27, 2011  •  Post A Comment

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address was watched by about 43 million people across 11 television networks, a smaller audience than last year, reports The Washington Post.

About 5 million fewer people watched the address than last year’s State of the Union, the story notes. Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress, on Feb. 24, 2009, remains his largest audience, with 52.4 million viewers.

Among cable news networks, Fox News was the dominant network, averaging 4.96 million viewers, reports TVNewser.com. CNN was second in total viewers, with 2.98 million viewers, while MSNBC was third with 2.5 million viewers, the story notes.

NBC came out on top among the broadcast nets, TVNewser reported. The breakdown in total viewers, from 9-10:13 p.m. ET: NBC, 9.29 million average; ABC, 7.1 million; CBS, 7.0 million.

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