According to Nielsen, 33.3 million viewers watched the President’s fifth State of the Union address across 13 networks, down from 33.5 million viewers last year. It was the lowest audience for the State of the Union since Bill Clinton delivered the address in 2000.
The networks carrying the address live were CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Azteca, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Galavision and Mun2.
Fox News won the night on cable, pulling in more viewers than MSNBC and CNN combined during the speech.
As for the broadcast networks: CBS won the night in viewers and NBC won in the A25-54 demo. Both ABC and NBC built on their lead-in audiences, “Marvel’s Agent of Shield” and “The Biggest Loser.” CBS dropped off from “NCIS” and Fox lost viewers compared to “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
CBS: 7,580,000 total viewers / 2,269,000 A25-54
NBC: 6,984,000 total viewers / 2,467,000 A25-54
ABC: 5,569,000 total viewers / 1,990,000 A25-54
Fox: 2,593,0000 total viewers / 1,190,000 A25-54