Donald Trump’s First SOTU Address Audience Dwarfs Barack Obama’s Final One

Fox News Channel alone draws 11.5 million total viewers

Last Updated: January 31, 2018 @ 3:10 PM

Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address drew an estimated 45.6 million total viewers across 12 channels, per Nielsen.

That’s up quite a bit from Barack Obama’s final SOTU (31.3 million viewers), but nowhere near the Trump predecessor’s first one (52.4 million) back in 2009. Obama’s second turn, with 48 million viewers, also out-performed last night’s total-viewer tally.

The recorded-history record still belongs to Bill Clinton, who addressed 66.9 million people back in 1993.

With 11.5 million total viewers tuning in to Fox News Channel alone, Tuesday’s primetime event was the highest-rated State of the Union address in the history of cable news. Fox News was the top individual destination on all of television, while NBC edged CBS in terms of the over-the-air channels.

Here is how the three main cable news channels and Big 4 broadcast networks ranked:
Fox News Channel: 11.5 million total viewers
NBC: 7.1 million
CBS: 7 million
ABC: 5.4 million
Fox (Broadcast): 3.6 million
CNN: 3.1 million
MSNBC: 2.7 million

And here is President Trump clapping for himself: