Nielsen: 48 Million Tune In for Obama’s State of the Union

More than 48 million people (48,009,595) tuned in to watch President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address Wednesday night (Jan. 27), Nielsen reported.

The live broadcast aired 9 p.m. to about 10:20 p.m. and was carried by 11 networks including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, CNN, BET, CNBC, Fox News Channel and MSNBC.

Viewership to Obama’s address was 7 percent less than President George W. Bush’s first State of the Union on Jan. 29, 2002, but 5 percent more than President Bill Clinton’s first address on Jan. 25, 1994. The broadcast of Bush’s address aired on eight networks and delivered 51,773,000 viewers. Clinton’s address aired on four networks and delivered 45,800,000 viewers.
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