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Ratings: Trump's First Address to Congress Falls Short of Obama's

TVLine logo TVLine 3/1/2017 Matt Webb Mitovich
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President Donald Trump’s Address to Congress on Tuesday night amassed 25.3 million total viewers across the Big 4 broadcast networks (per finals), down 25 percent from the 33.6 mil who tuned in via ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox for President Obama’s first such address circa February 2009.

UPDATE, WITH CABLE: With Fox News (10.8 mil), CNN (4.0 mil) and MSNBC (2.7 mil) and Fox Business News folded in, the audience swells to 43.4 mil, which is down 17 percent from Obama 2009’s all-inclusive total (52.4 mil). In total audience (cable included), Trump’s address is up 39 percent from Obama’s final State of the Union, and marks the most-watched address to congress since 2010 (when Obama drew 48 mil).

Elsewhere on the night….

NBC |The Voice (11.3 mil/2.6) was down 8 and 14 percent year-over-year.

ABC | Airing an hour earlier, Fresh Off the Boat (4.6 mil/1.2) and Real O’Neals (3.6 mil/1.1) were both up.

THE CW |The Flash (2.8 mil/1.1) rose a tenth.

FOX |New Girl (2.2 mil/0.9) dipped, while The Mick (2.5 mil/0.9) was steady.

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