President Obama lost millions of voters last election. He also appears to be less popular each year he gives a State of the Union. Since his first Official SOTU speech in 201o, Obama has lost a total of 14.5 million viewers. He lost 11.3% viewers from his State of the Union Speech in 2012. Further, Obama compared to other President’s had less viewers since 2000
The first State of the Union of President Obama’s second term last night was watched by 33.5 million viewers. That’s down 11.3% from the 37.75 million who tuned in for last year’s address across 14 broadcast and cable networks. It’s also a State of the Union low for Obama, who has seen a decline every year since his first official SOTU in 2010 was watched by 48 million.
It is not an all-time low since Nielsen started tracking SOTUs in 1993; that goes to Bill Clinton’s 2000 State of the Union when the he was in the last year of his administration — that speech got just 31.478 million. This year’s speech was live from around 9-10:15 PM ET on 15 networks and tape-delayed on Univision.
NBC was tops among broadcast networks with 6.469 million total viewers, just ahead of the 6.4 million CBS pulled in. With 3.683 million watching, Fox News Channel was No. 1 among cable news’ coverage of last night’s speech. However, CNN won in the key adults 25-54 demographic with 1.436 million. Fox News’ total viewership dipped 3% from last year. Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Azteca, Univision, MundoFox, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Current, Centric and Galavision all carried the speech live last night.
- 33.5 Million Tune in to Watch President Obama’s State of the Union Address (nielsen.com)
- Least Watched Since 2000… (politico.com)
- President Obama’s State of the Union Address Garners 33.5 Million Viewers, Lowest Since 2000 (tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com)