Viewers Tuning Out Obama

Written by | January 27, 2014 | 0

Washington Jan 28 : The television audience for President Obama’s State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night could be very disappointing to the White House.

 It turns out that viewership of his State of the Union addresses has declined markedly over the past five years, and this trend of inattention will probably continue.

In February 2009, his first address to a joint session of Congress drew 52.4 million viewers, according to the Nielsen TV ratings company. In 2010, 48 million watched. In 2011, the number declined again to 43 million. In 2012, it dropped to 38 million, and in 2013, 33.5 million. The 33.5 million figure from last year was the lowest number of viewers for a State of the Union address in at least the past three administrations, according to Nielsen.

 

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