The number of viewers that tuned in to watch President Barack Obama’s speech delivered at the Tucson memorial on Wednesday evening was fewer than expected, reports the Los Angeles Times’ ShowTracker blog.
An average of 30.8 million people tuned in to hear Obama, who was carried live from 5:45 Pacific standard time to 6:15 on seven networks, ranging from the top broadcasters such as ABC and NBC to three cable-news networks: Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, the story notes.
The TV audience was surprisingly low compared with other Obama speeches and given how much media attention the Arizona shootings have been receiving, the article adds.
Obama’s 2010 State of the Union speech averaged 48 million viewers, for instance. Still, the story points out that the timing of the memorial meant that the speech aired outside of prime-time hours for much of the country.