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Joe Biden’s Address To Congress Snares 26.9M Viewers; Way Down From Trump As ABC Tops Broadcast & Cable – Update

By Dominic PattenTed Johnson

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SECOND UPDATE, 2:49 PM PT: We have more numbers on viewership for Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress.

An estimated 26.9 million people watched the president’s address across 16 broadcast and cable networks, according to Nielsen figures released this afternoon.

That’s a steep drop from the 47.7 million who watched Donald Trump’s first speech to a joint session on February 28, 2017.

Nielsen reported that the bulk of Biden’s audience — 18.5 million — were 55 and older. The figures include out of home viewing. Starting at around 9:10 PM ET, the just over one hour speech aired live last night on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Telemundo, Univision, PBS, CNBC, CNN, CNNe, Fox Business Network, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, Newsmax, NewsNation and Newsy.

 

 

 

UPDATED, 12:56 PM PT: Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress drew 22.6 million viewers across seven major networks.

That’s a drop of 47% from 43 million or so who tuned in to Donald Trump’s first speech to a joint session, on February. 28, 2017, across those seven networks.

According to fast national numbers from Nielsen, ABC topped coverage with 4.03 million, followed by MSNBC with 3.94 million, NBC with 3.54 million, CBS with 3.37 million, CNN with 3.18 million, Fox News with 2.92 million and Fox with 1.63 million.

In the 25-54 demo, ABC had 1.17 million, followed by NBC with 946,000, CNN with 879,000, CBS with 730,000, MSNBC with 656,000, Fox with 653,000 and Fox News with 586,000. The figures, released by CNN, exclude out of home viewing.

PREVIOUSLY, 9:32 AM PT: Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress last night was both a very traditional and untraditional affair, but it was no Donald Trump – in more ways than one.

Like his predecessors, the 46th POTUS walked down the aisle in the House chamber to applause, went up to the podium to greet the Speaker and the Vice President and then turn to the cameras and elected officials and assembled dignitaries to pitch his agenda.

Unlike past Presidents, Biden entered wearing a mask and only had an audience of 200 total because of coronavirus safety protocols. Also, historically seated next to Nancy Pelosi, the Veep and first in line to the Presidency was for the first time a woman, former California Senator Kamala Harris. Additionally, coming just over three months after MAGA morons attacked the Capitol and attempted an insurrection, there was also Joe Biden’s wide ranging plans for a progressive overhaul of the function and role of government in American life, a pink slipping of the Reagan Revolution that has dominated DC for the past 40 years.

 

 

 

Long-ish speech (it clocked in at just over an hour) short: The man himself has an around 54% approval rating, but a poll run by CBS-YouGov found Biden’s remarks on Wednesday night got the thumb up from 85% of respondents.

However, with a small crowd in the House chamber, Biden had a relatively small draw outside, it seems.

In unadjusted fast affiliate data, the President’s speech drew around 11.6 million viewers in the 9 PM ET hour. Add, Univision (1.08 million) and Telemundo (884,000) to that batch of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox and the result inches up to 13.5 million for the speech that started around 9:10 PM ET.

ABC was in first place with 3.5 million viewers in that 9 PM ET hour. CBS was close behind with 3.3 million, followed by NBC’s 3.2 million and Fox’s 1.6 million.

Over, the 9 – 11 PM ET time period, ABC was sill tops with its coverage and pre and post-speech Presidential Address to Congress and the Nation analysis. The Disney-owned net drew an audience of 3.1 million and a 0.8 rating in the 25-54 news demographic, according to Nielsen. In terms of sets of eyeballs, CBS and NBC were tied for second place with 2.8 million tuning in respectively. Focusing on the 25-54s, NBC’s Biden Address To Congress snared a 0.7 rating, while CBS’ President Biden Address To Congress got a 0.5

Of course, that will all move upwards when all full time zone adjustments occur and when the likes of CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel are added to the mix. For all the broadcasters’ still considerable reach, cable news is where a hefty portion of Americans get their political information from, as Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch can tell you.

What we can also tell you at this point, when everything from the Super Bowl to the Oscars are seeing new lows, is that Biden’s first address to a sparse Congress was one of the least watched in recent history.

To Thursday throwback to the last POTUS, the current POTUS’ talk was down about 49% from a newly installed Trump’s first speech to a packed House chamber back at the end of February 2017. In a preview of a chaotic and dangerous reign to come, the factually challenged remarks by the former Celebrity Apprentice host went up to around 48 million when all the reporting networks were tallied up in the final numbers.

Trump’s speech aired on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Univision, PBS, CNN, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, MSNBC and NBC Universo.

We will update with more Biden numbers as we get them. It is worth noting that for the most part, the first joint address to Congress is usually some of the best viewership numbers a President gets over their time in office, as the novelty factor is still high. I mention that because, unlike Trump, Barack Obama, and other recent Commander In Chiefs, Biden has been a part of the national political life for decades. As well, it’s not like the President isn’t literally giving a speech or remarks almost every day since he took office.

Just sayin.

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On 4/30/2021 at 7:27 AM, Shabibilicious said:

The majority of Americans feel comfortable right now, as normalcy has been restored....no circus act to tune into.  As always, just my opinion.

 

 

This is the dumbest thing I've ever seen you write. 

As a trucker I meet thousands of people a day. Most of them while they are driving and thinking no one is watching them.

You can tell a lot about people by the way they drive and I can assure you that NO ONE is feeling comfortable right now. People are scared and fearful of what is coming. Worse they aren't sure what is coming, but instinctively they understand it ain't good. 

 

You live in a sandbox with your evil friends over at CNN and Yahoo. You bring provable lies here daily and are belittled routinely for it. And now you want us to believe that everyone is "comfortable"?

 

Unless, of course, you aren't counting the 55 thousand members here. RIGHT?

 

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27 million?.....

 

If you add in more than the usual number of networks in determining that number.....Neilson has used the 4 major ones in the past....about 12 million this time....

 

Statistics can be made to shape most any story, any way.....

 

Bottom line is President Biden is not very inspiring.....perhaps even boring......JMO.     CL

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41 minutes ago, coorslite21 said:

27 million?.....

 

If you add in more than the usual number of networks in determining that number.....Neilson has used the 4 major ones in the past....about 12 million this time....

 

Statistics can be made to shape most any story, any way.....

 

Bottom line is President Biden is not very inspiring.....perhaps even boring......JMO.     CL

If'n the Lying Stream Media said it, 

IT'S A LIE. 

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On 4/30/2021 at 5:27 AM, Shabibilicious said:

The majority of Americans feel comfortable right now, as normalcy has been restored

You can be one funny dude.

 

Get 10 more like this one and you can leave your day job and go on stage. LOLOL

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21 hours ago, ladyGrace'sDaddy said:

This is the dumbest thing I've ever seen you write. 

 

I take that personal insult as a compliment.....coming from you, my flat earth believing brother.  ;)

 

GO RV, then BV

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19 hours ago, bigwave said:

You can be one funny dude.

 

Get 10 more like this one and you can leave your day job and go on stage. LOLOL

 

Truth can a be a funny thing.....Look at Seinfeld, he made a mint by telling the truth.  :D

 

GO RV, then BV

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2 hours ago, Shabibilicious said:

 

I take that personal insult as a compliment.....coming from you, my flat earth believing brother.  ;)

 

GO RV, then BV

It wasn't an insult as much as an observation.  You are FAR more intelligent than that. 

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Just now, ladyGrace'sDaddy said:

It wasn't an insult as much as an observation.  You are FAR more intelligent than that. 

 

You are right, I am FAR more intelligent than that......and I "observed" an insult.  Own it, bro.

 

GO RV, then BV

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1 hour ago, Shabibilicious said:

 

You are right, I am FAR more intelligent than that......and I "observed" an insult.  Own it, bro.

 

GO RV, then BV

You are also becoming quite sensitive these days, should I call you a Wambalance? 

 

Watch "Somebody Call The Wambulance!" on YouTube

 

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On 5/2/2021 at 10:27 AM, ladyGrace'sDaddy said:

This is the dumbest thing I've ever seen you write. 

As a trucker I meet thousands of people a day. Most of them while they are driving and thinking no one is watching them.

You can tell a lot about people by the way they drive and I can assure you that NO ONE is feeling comfortable right now.

Now that’s impressive! To think you can drive a Truck and meet one person every 57.6 seconds! Now that’s under the assumption you sleep eight hours a day. 
What’s even more impressive is you can tell how comfortable people are by the way they drive. Now that’s a gift!😂

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40 minutes ago, ladyGrace'sDaddy said:

:lmao:

 

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45 minutes ago, ladyGrace'sDaddy said:

You are also becoming quite sensitive these days, should I call you a Wambalance? 

 

Not for me....save the Wambalance for those still pulling out their hair 6 months after the election smackdown.  B) 

 

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GO RV, then BV

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5 hours ago, caddieman said:

Now that’s impressive! To think you can drive a Truck and meet one person every 57.6 seconds! Now that’s under the assumption you sleep eight hours a day. 
What’s even more impressive is you can tell how comfortable people are by the way they drive. Now that’s a gift!😂

And I can even fly around the whole world in just one night :lmao:

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6 hours ago, caddieman said:

Don’t you mean across the world? You know flat earth and all!😉

NOPE! I meant around the world, as in like the moon and sun travel everyday around the circle of the earth. 

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15 hours ago, nstoolman1 said:

Funny coming from someone who's been pulling their hair out for the last 4 years after Trump got elected.

 

Not denying that....fortunately the hair pulling has been passed to DJT supporters, via a free and fair election.   ;)

 

GO RV, then BV 

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5 hours ago, ladyGrace'sDaddy said:

NOPE! I meant around the world, as in like the moon and sun travel everyday around the circle of the earth. 

 

Impossible....darkness would never occur on a flat Earth as you just described it.

 

GO RV, then BV 

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1 hour ago, Shabibilicious said:

 

Impossible....darkness would never occur on a flat Earth as you just described it.

 

GO RV, then BV 

Take yer flashlight (turn it on), now put it face down on the end of yer kitchen table. This must be done in a dark room.  Now slowly lift it up off of the table (just a little bit). You will see lite on the end of the table but not on the whole thing. 

 

Yeah, it's kinda like that, ONLY A LOT BIGGER. 

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