President Obama’s Oval Office address on Sunday about the threat of ISIS and global terrorism drew 46 million viewers.
The address, which aired across 12 networks, reiterated the president’s view that Americans need to remain tolerant of Muslims along with the vow to not send ground troops into Syria or Iraq for another war.
Obama’s performance was panned by conservative media, and some liberal outlets, for not being forceful enough.
On cable news, Fox News was the most-watched network for the address, attracting 3,316,000 viewers and 695,000 25-54 demo viewers between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET. CNN drew 1,722,000 viewers and 536,000 demo viewers while MSNBC ranked third with 861,000 viewers and 160,000 demo viewers.
Following the Paris terror attacks and and Donald Trump’s calls for a Muslim registry and temporary ban on Muslim immigration into the U.S., cable and broadcast news have kicked into high gear in covering terrorism and ISIS.