Joe Biden’s First Primetime Presidential Address Tops Trump’s in Broadcast Viewers

Trump speech came in August 2017

Joe Biden gave his first primetime national address as president of the United States of America on Thursday, and ABC reaped the (preliminary) ratings benefits.

According to Nielsen’s earliest data, Biden’s speech topped Trump’s August 2017 primetime address in terms of broadcast viewers. Biden drew 18.2 million total viewers across ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. Trump got 17.7 million across the Big 4 broadcast networks.

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Tony Maglio

TV Editor • tony.maglio@thewrap.com • Twitter: @tonymaglio

Jennifer Maas

TV Reporter • jennifer.maas@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jmaasaronson