"Most-Watched" State Of The Union Address Ever?

Many commentators argue that never since the Vietnam War has the United States been so disunited -so much so, that, as Statista's Dyfe Loesche notes, it feels like people seem to be living in different countries altogether.

Nevertheless, according to custom and constitution, Trump, like other presidents before him, will hold a State of the Union address as required, on tonight at 9 pm EST.

As Statista's infographic based on Nielsen data shows, Trump's first unofficial State of the Union address, held before a joint session of Congress on the last day of February 2017, a few weeks after his inauguration, drew a pretty large TV crowd.

Infographic: TV Crowds Watching State of the Union Addresses | Statista

You will find more statistics at Statista

However - and these aren’t 'alternative facts' - Obama, Bush junior and Clinton at some point drew larger TV crowds during similar speeches.

However, live TV viewership has been on the decline for some time. So, if the figures were adjusted for overall live TV viewership, the results would work in favor of more recent debates.

One indeed has to accredit Trump with the biggest increase of viewers compared to the last speech by a predecessor. Obama drew 14.9 million viewers more than Bush did at his last speech. Trump increased viewership by 16.4 million compared to Obama's last speech.

Then again, people are just as keen to see a president they like as they can be propelled by ulterior motives, such as seeing a controversial showman perform.

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Theosebes Goodfellow Antifaschistische Tue, 01/30/2018 - 23:11 Permalink

~ "the people really want to know more about the Russian investigation" ~

The truth is about to come out about all of that, and the leftists' head will be exploding. After all that those sucking on the MSM's BS have endured in... reality correction so far, how could they still feed at the same trough? It amazes me, though it shouldn't.

95 percent of the media's coverage of Trump in 2017 was negative. The paradigm shift is going to be very rough for the koolaid drinkers soon. In a way I feel sad for them. That said, I thought it a great SOTU speech, best in 20 years or more.

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dumluk Chippewa Partners Tue, 01/30/2018 - 20:38 Permalink

I wont bother watching it......why would anyone watch it? When they can read it right here dissected by the superior i.q.´s of the zerohedge hit team? I cant stand listening to the S.O.B. anyway......kinda like Alex Jones.....I can read his site, but I CANNOT stomach listening to him........but Im betting that Steve Miller, (nice name for an askenazi Jew) will write one helluva speech.........Hes good!  And Trump has proven his showmanship....He will read it well.........Hes good at that.......if not much else.......

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ZippyZ Tue, 01/30/2018 - 18:14 Permalink

Trump is must see TV when he is off-the-cuff. He will keep on the teleprompter tonight so he does not stick foot in mouth. Always the chance for a slurred speech or weird water moment though.

Gort Tue, 01/30/2018 - 18:17 Permalink

Superbowl...nope. Grammy's...nope. Academy Awards...nope. Late night "comedy" talk shows...nope.  Movie at a theater...nope. Concerts...nope.  Tonight's SOTU...hell yes!

Let it Go Tue, 01/30/2018 - 18:33 Permalink

Most watched? I don't know but with Trump's first State Of The Union address, we can expect grandstanding from those in both parties. The government in Washington like those in other countries specialize in putting lipstick "On A Pig." While it is very possible Washington is a swamp that cannot be drained we can count on everyone to push their agenda.

Strangely, as time has passed it seems the polarizing divide that grips the nation might be planned or contrived merely to create a pathway to greater power by the forces that hold us hostage. The article below explores how those in power with the aid of the media have created an environment of gridlock where they can run free and continue exploiting those they pretend to serve.

 http://brucewilds.Washington Specializes On Putting Lipstick On A Pig.html

Wannabe_Oracle Tue, 01/30/2018 - 18:40 Permalink

No it won't, and does it even matter...?

There are millions of people across our Nation who voted for Mr. Trump as our advocate for change --he's not our savior, that's been accomplished already. We voted for his unwavering voice of reason, and truth. We voted for DJT to challenge the norm, to be bold and thus far he has not steered away from this mandate. With that I believe that These United States of America has hope, a last chance to recourse a lost vessel. If this opportunity should somehow go unnoticed, perhaps even more sad the thought, then that's just what we deserve. ./

Cautiously Pes… Tue, 01/30/2018 - 18:41 Permalink

I fully expect morans like Pelosi, Schumer, Waters, et al. to take a knee.  And yes, it would be beyond awesome if all of the 'dreamer' and daca special guests were rounded up right there on national teevee and perp walked out to an awaiting ICE transport bus.

ICD-9-CM E999.0 Tue, 01/30/2018 - 18:45 Permalink

Not going to watch it but will record it - just in case there is a raucous disturbance, an assassination attempt, a bomb explosion,  the Dems physically implode and such.

Might watch it regardless in my own time even if nothing happens - got a 15 pack to finish off first though - important stuff first!

Mazzy Tue, 01/30/2018 - 19:19 Permalink

A lot of people (yours truly included) just do not have televisions anymore, so measuring "viewership" via the medium of television is an inaccurate way to measure total audience. 

How many people are listening on the radio or streaming the event via potentially thousands of different websites?