State of the Union draws second smallest audience in at least 30 years


NEW YORK — An estimated 27.3 million individuals watched President Joe Biden’s State of the Union tackle on tv, the second smallest audience for the annual occasion in at least 30 years, the Nielsen firm stated on Wednesday.

It was additionally down almost 28% from the 38.2 million individuals who noticed Biden’s tackle in 2022.

The one smaller audience since 1993 was the 26.9 million who watched Biden’s tackle to Congress in 2021 — not formally a State of the Union speech, since he had simply taken workplace just a few months earlier. That speech was delivered on the unusually late date of April 28.

Nielsen didn’t have figures accessible from earlier than President Invoice Clinton’s first tackle to Congress, which reached 66.9 million individuals in 1993, when leisure choices had been fewer.

Almost three-quarters (73%) of the individuals who watched Biden’s speech had been 55 and older, Nielsen stated. Solely 5% had been younger adults underneath age 35.

The speech was carried dwell on 16 tv networks.

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