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Trump’s Speech TV Ratings Down from Obama’s First

President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress reportedly pulled in more than 43 million viewers across eight major networks airing the hour-long speech, down from the numbers pulled by his predecessor’s first similar speech. President Obama’s 2009 address to a joint session brought in an average of 52.4 million viewers—as such, Trump’s remarks were down 17 percent from that year. Additionally, Obama’s first official State of the Union, in 2010, pulled in 48 million viewers. As media watchers might expect, Trump-friendly Fox News dominated individual network ratings, grabbing 10.1 million viewers during the speech.