State Of The Union Lowest Rated Since 2000
Tuesday night’s State Of The Union Address was the least watched in thirteen years:
33.5 million Americans watched President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, the lowest turnout since President Bill Clinton’s final State of the Union address in 2000, according to newly released Nielsen ratings.
Obama’s totals also marked a significant decline from the first second-term addresses of his predecessors. President George W. Bush’s first second-term State of the Union address, in Feb. 2005, drew 39.4 million viewers. President Clinton’s first second-term address, in Jan. 1997, drew 41.1 million.
In general, viewership for Obama’s State of the Union addresses has been in constant decline. He drew 52.4 million in 2009, 48.0 million in 2010, 42.8 million in 2011 and 37.8 million in 2012. His 2013 address was the second-lowest rated since Nielsen began recording viewership in 1993.
In all honesty, they didn’t miss much.