(RoyalPatriot.com )- A Nielsen study was released on Wednesday, showing that this year’s State of the Union speech by President Joe Biden had the second-smallest viewership in at least 30 years.
According to the data, just over 27.3 million people saw the president’s message on television, a drop of roughly 28% from the 38.2 million who watched Trump in 2016.
Biden was responsible for another dismal rating failure, as well.
Only in 2021, when 26.9 million people saw Biden address Congress on April 28th, were there fewer viewers than on Tuesday evenings.
(Biden receiving the most votes for any president in American history still seems implausible.)
As he had just entered office a few months before, the speech, which was given unusually late owing to preparations linked with the epidemic, was not technically a State of the Union address.
Sixteen television networks broadcast the 2023 speech live. According to Nielsen, 4.69 million people saw the speech on Fox News Channel, and 1.66 million people watched it on FOX’s broadcast network.
There were 4.41 million ABC viewers, 3.78 million NBC viewers, 3.64 million CBS viewers, 3.55 million MSNBC viewers, and 2.4 million CNN viewers.
According to Nielsen, 73% of the audience on Tuesday was made up of adults aged 55 and over. Less than 5% of the crowd was comprised of people under the age of 35.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton delivered his first speech to Congress, which 66.9 million people saw despite the scarcity of entertainment alternatives at the time. No data were available from before that year from Nielsen.
In his second State of the Union speech, which was widely seen as a precursor to a presidential run in 2024, President Biden touched on a wide range of topics, including the economy, gun violence, and police brutality in the wake of Tyre Nichols’ murder, healthcare, the workforce, and more.
Both Democrats and Republicans had strong responses to his address, with Democrats applauding his proposals to prohibit “assault weapons” and codify Roe v. Wade and Republicans booing his statements on the border and Social Security.
Republicans had a Spanish language response and a response by governor Sarah Huckabee-Sanders.