BARACK OBAMA’S BIG SPEECH DIDN’T DRAW A BIG AUDIENCE
|| By FITSNEWS || The early viewership numbers are in for U.S. president Barack Obama‘s 2015 State of the Union address – and (once again) they’re not good. In fact we could be looking at yet another fresh low in terms of the audience for this annual speech.
America’s three big cable networks combined to draw only 8 million viewers this year – down from 9.1 million last year and 10.35 million in 2013. Fox News led the way with 3.47 million viewers, followed by CNN (2.55 million) and MSNBC (1.99 million).
Data for the major networks has yet to be released, but according to Nielsen the preliminary numbers appear to be roughly what they were a year ago.
All told, Obama’s 2014 address drew just 33.3 million viewers on fourteen different channels – the lowest total in nearly a decade-and-a-half (and well below the 52.4 million who watched Obama’s first address in 2009).
In 2013, 33.5 million Americans watched Obama … down from 38 million in 2012, 42.8 million in 2011 and 48.5 million in 2010.
What makes the speech’s declining viewership even more depressing? In addition to being broadcast on more channels, there are more Americans today than there were in 2009. More than ten million more, if U.S. Census estimates are to be believed.
That means the percentage of Americans watching this speech fell from 17.4 percent in 2009 to 10.5 percent last year.
Oh well, maybe those five million illegal aliens … err, undocumented workers being granted executive amnesty will tune in for Obama’s next speech.
Gotta get those numbers up somehow!