State of The Union Address TV Ratings

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February 26th, 2009

President Obama's first State of the Union Address on Tuesday averaged 52.373 million viewers across broadcast and cable networks. That puts it 4th for the Presidential addresses since 1993 behind Bill Clinton’s first State of the Union in 1993 (66.9 million), GW Bush's 2003 address pre-Iraq invasion (62.06 million), and  Clinton’s pre-impeachment address in 1998 (53.077 million).  The least viewed recent address was Clinton's final one in 2000 (31.478 million).

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State of the Union Address TV Ratings Data, 1993-2009:


Date Networks HHs Viewers
President
1/24/2009 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, TELEMUNDO, UNIVISION, CNBC,CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC   52.373   Obama
1/28/08 ABC, CBS, FOX* NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC, TELEMUNDO^, UNIVISION 27.702 37.515   G.W Bush
1/24/07 ABC, CBS, FOX**, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC, TELEMUNDO**, UNIVISION ** 32.968 45.486   G.W. Bush
2/1/06 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC, TELEMUNDO, AZTECA AMERICA, TELFUTURA, TELEMUNDO 29.578 41.699   G.W. Bush
02/02/05 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC, TELEMUNDO, TELEFUTURA 27.699 38.382   G. W. Bush
01/20/04 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, CNBC, FOXNC, MSNBC 30.286 43.411   G. W. Bush
01/28/03 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, CNBC, FOXNC, MSNBC 41.447 62.061   G. W. Bush
01/29/02 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, CNBC, FOXNC, MSNBC 35.547 51.773   G.W. Bush
02/27/01* ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC 28.201 39.793   G.W. Bush
1/27/00 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC 22.536 31.478   Clinton
1/19/99 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC 30.700 43.500   Clinton
1/27/98 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC 36.513 53.077   Clinton
2/4/97 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN 27.600 41.100   Clinton
1/23/96 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN 28.400 40.900   Clinton
1/24/95 ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN 28.100 42.200   Clinton
1/25/94 ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN 31.000 45.800   Clinton
2/17/93 ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN 41.200 66.900   Clinton

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2006-2009 results are Live+SD, all previous years are Live viewing.

^Telemundo's coverage was tape delayed, all other networks carried live. 

* Note:  2/27/01 Address was officially the "Address to the Joint Sessions of Congress".

** Note:  2/24/07 The coverage of these networks goes beyond a common end time & includes the State Of The Union Address & commentary.  This does not include the Democratic Response.

Nielsen Ratings Data: ©2009 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 
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