Updated: 32.1 million watch Obama address across broadcast and cable networks

Categories: TV Ratings

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September 10th, 2009

Last night's address to a joint session of Congress was seen by 32.1 million (this updates the previous report from Nielsen of 31.8 million) viewers across 10 television networks.

I've seen a lot of comments about how Obama's TV popularity is waning with all his time on the airwaves, and while 31.8 million is down from the big numbers of February, it's up versus July (24.7 million) and April (28.8 million) press conferences.  See for yourself.

The night's cable news network ratings are here,  and here is the info from Nielsen Wire with a comparison to February's address:

President Obama Addressing Joint Session of Congress
Date Networks Households Viewers (P2+)
September 9, 2009 ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision*, Telemundo*, BET*,
CNBC, CNN, FOX News Channel, and MSNBC
23,607,629 32,111,596
February 24, 2009 ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, CNBC,
CNN, FOX News Channel and MSNBC
37,185,000 52,373,000
Source: The Nielsen Company
*Aired address on Tape Delay. All data are based on LiveSD stream.
 
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