Obama address averages 40.8 million; up over last four addresses, but it was also shorter

Categories: TV Ratings

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December 2nd, 2009

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With a 40.8 million average, last night's address was the most-watched since the health care address to a Joint Session of  Congress in February.  But keep in mind that it was also the shortest address he has given.  Had last February's address only run a half hour, it might have had much larger numbers.

Data via Nielsen Wire:

Tuesday December 1, 2009 Combined Household rating Combined Household Share Number of Households Number of Persons
ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Univision, Telemundo, CNBC, CNN, FOX News Channel and MSNBC 25.9 44 29,806,000 40,767,134
Source: The Nielsen Company

Here are ratings for President Obama’s previous prime time speeches and press conferences this year:

Subject Date Number of Networks Household Rating Household Share Number of Households Number of Persons
Address to a Joint Session of Congress: Health Care Reform^ 09/09/09 11 20.6 35 23,607,629 32,111,596
Health Care Reform^^ 07/22/09 11 16.3 32 18,674,361 24,682,519
100th Day in Office^^ 04/29/09 10 18.8 27 21,408,000 28,811,000
Economic Recovery^^ 03/24/09 11 25.9 45 29,799,000 40,354,000
Address to a Joint Session of Congress: Health Care Reform^ 02/24/09 10 35.2 49 37,185,000 52,373,000
Stimulus Plan^^ 02/09/09 8 30.8 47 35,311,433 49,455,00
 
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