Ratings for Obama’s State of the Union down double digits

As usual, all the networks aired President Obama’s annual State of the Union address live. In fast nationals, the first speech of Obama’s second term before a joint session of Congress continued the downward trend of the past few years — from the high of his first official State of the Union in 2010. Additionally, last night’s SOTU was down double digits on all the networks from Obama’s January 24, 2012 speech.

In preliminary numbers, CBS was the most-watched network for the one-hour-plus speech and coverage with 6.22 million viewers. NBC was next with 5.79 million, followed by ABC with 4.59 million and Fox with 2.37 million. Among adults 18-49, NBC was number one but everyone dropped from last year. In the demo, Fox took the biggest drop from the 2012 speech; the network’s coverage last night posted a 0.9/2, down 47% from last year. Tuesday’s CBS News Special (1.1/3) was down 27% from 2012, with the NBC News Special (1.6/4) down 20% and the ABC News Special (1.2/3) down 14%.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • banjo kid

    Who wants to listen to him any more he says the same thing over and over which is nothing . Jim Carter could not hold him a light for being inept .

  • whowon

    Even the Obama lover’s are starting to see that he is nothing but lies.

  • LastBestHope

    How many times can our one-trick-pony-prez say the same ole sh!t and make it sound fresh?

    “American Idol” is having the same problem.