Nielsen: Ratings for Obama’s first congressional address dwarfed Trump’s Tuesday night speech
President Donald Trump is infamously obsessed with TV ratings — and he memorably reacted with fury when he learned that former President Barack Obama had drawn a larger inauguration crowd than he did.
Because of this, it will be interesting to see how he reacts to news that Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress drew significantly higher ratings than his own first address did last night.
Mediaite notes that Nielsen’s overnight numbers show that Trump’s address drew 27.8 million viewers on Tuesday evening across all major networks and cable news outlets. While this is an impressive number, Obama’s first address to Congress in 2009 drew an overnight rating of 33.4 million viewers, or roughly 20% more viewers than Trump’s drew.
Final ratings numbers for the event will be released later on Wednesday afternoon.