Despite being delayed by the government shutdown, this year’s State of the Union address by Donald Trump was seen by 46.8 million TV viewers, topping last year’s speech, the AP reports, citing Nielsen figures.
Last year’s number was 45.6 million, with the 2017 turnout the highest of the three years at 47.7 million.
“The Trump-friendly Fox News Channel dominated the coverage, with 11.1 million people watching the speech on that network,” the AP notes. “NBC was second with 7.1 million, CBS had 6.7 million, ABC had 5.9 million, MSNBC had 3.8 million and CNN had 3.4 million.”
The report adds: “Nearly 4 million Fox viewers didn’t stick around for Stacey Abrams’ Democratic response, but the network’s audience was still larger than all others.”