Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Ignoring Facts, Donald Trump Tweets State Of Union Bagged Biggest Crowd Ever

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Trump averaged around 45.6 million viewers during his 80-minute speech to Congress and a TV audience on Tuesday night, according to media research company Nielsen, which collated data from 12 broadcast and cable networks. Twenty-nine percent didn't watch the speech but followed news coverage, and 30 percent did not watch the speech or follow news coverage.

Trump's right about the numbers. However, roughly 4 in 10 people surveyed, or 38 percent, said Trump mostly focused on the wrong things.

Obama's first State of the Union in 2010 attracted around 48 million viewers.

And if you look at the combined household rating, rather than combined number of viewers, Trump's 26.9 rating nets him 16th place, tied with George W. Bush's 2006 address.

Meanwhile, President Obama's first SOTU logged just over 48 million viewers in 2010 while almost 52M watched George W. Bush's post-9/11 first SOTU in 2002.


Which means Trump's initial SOTU, the third longest in history, is now also the least watched address in almost a quarter of a century. "Delivered from the heart!"

The SOTU with the largest audience was Bill Clinton's 1993 speech, which drew a whopping 66.9 million viewers.

The Trump White House boasted of large inaugural crowds and historic television ratings for Trump's inaugural address, setting a combative tone with the press from the first day of his presidency as White House press secretary Sean Spicer battled with reporters challenging the claims. Compared with other SOTUs since 1993, that total puts Trump's speech in ninth place.

Gary Levin contributed from NY.

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