Obama’s final State of the Union address drew his smallest audience
His lowest previous was last year’s State of the Union, which had 33.3 million viewers. Nielsen says Obama’s ratings peak was his first State of the Union in 2009, which was seen by 52.4 million people. This year’s speech was carried live on 12 networks and on tape delay on Univision.
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Obama has something in common with his predecessors: the least-watched State of the Union speech by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton was their last.