An anonymous tipster writes, "...according to Niesen, Obama's 2014 SOTU registered only a 20.7 household share rating... and according to the chart in the story below which goes back to 1993, no President has had a lower rating. I don't know how far back you'd have to go to find a lower rating, but it is at least the lowest in over 20 years. He's now historically boring and tough to watch."
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 President Barack Obama delivered his second State of the Union address of his second term in office. The address was carried live from 9:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. on 13 networks and tape-delayed on Univision. The sum of the average audience for those networks was 33,299,172 viewers with a combined household rating of 20.7. The networks carrying the address live were CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Azteca, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Galavision and Mun2.
|Networks||Combined Household Ratings||No. of Households||No. of Viewers (P2+)|
|CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Azteca, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Galavision, Mun2, UNI*||23,949,843||33,299,172|
|Source: Nielsen |
Below is a historical look at past State of the Union addresses.
Historical State of the Union Addresses
|Date||Networks||Combined Household Rating||Combined No. of Households||Combined No. of Viewers||President|
|2/12/2013||FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Azteca, UNI, MFX, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Current, Centric, GALA||21.8||24,767,047||33,497,607||Obama|
|1/24/2012||ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, TEL, TF, UNI, CNBC, CNN, FBN, FOXNC, GALA, MSNBC and MUN2||24||27,569,423||37,752,613||Obama|
|1/25/2011||ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, TEL, UNI, CNN, Centric, CNBC, FOXNC, and MSNBC||26.6||30,871,688||42,789,947||Obama|
|1/27/2010||ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, TEL, UNI, CNN, BET, CNBC, FOXNC, MSNBC||29.8||34,182,725||48,009,595||Obama|
|2/24/2009*||ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC, TELEMUNDO, UNIVISION||32.5||37,185,000||52,373,000||Obama|
|1/28/2008||ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC, TELEMUNDO^, UNIVISION||24.7||27,702,000||37,515,000||G.W Bush|
|1/23/2007||ABC, CBS, FOX**, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC, TELEMUNDO**, UNIVISION **||29.6||32,968,000||45,486,000||G.W. Bush|
|1/31/2006||ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC||26.9||29,578,000||41,699,000||G.W. Bush|
|TELEMUNDO, AZTECA AMERICA, TELFUTURA, TELEMUNDO||8.4||950,000||1,480,000|
|2/2/2005||ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC||25.2||27,699,000||38,382,000||G. W. Bush|
|1/20/2004||ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, CNBC, FOXNC, MSNBC||28||30,286,000||43,411,000||G. W. Bush|
|1/28/2003||ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, CNBC, FOXNC, MSNBC||38.8||41,447,000||62,061,000||G. W. Bush|
|1/29/2002||ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, CNBC, FOXNC, MSNBC||33.6||35,547,000||51,773,000||G.W. Bush|
|2/27/2001*||ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC||27.6||28,201,000||39,793,000||G.W. Bush|
|1/27/2000||ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC||22.4||22,536,000||31,478,000||Clinton|
|1/19/1999||ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, MSNBC||31||30,700,000||43,500,000||Clinton|
|1/27/1998||ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, CNBC, FOXNC, MSNBC||37.2||36,513,000||53,077,000||Clinton|
|2/4/1997||ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN||28.4||27,600,000||41,100,000||Clinton|
|1/23/1996||ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN||29.6||28,400,000||40,900,000||Clinton|
|1/24/1995||ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN||29.5||28,100,000||42,200,000||Clinton|
|1/25/1994||ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN||32.9||31,000,000||45,800,000||Clinton|
|2/17/1993*||ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN||44.3||41,200,000||66,900,000||Clinton|
I wonder if Chris Matthews got a thrill up his leg when he saw the ratings?
The science is settled: Americans are tuning this colossal failure of a would-be president out.