Obama’s SOTU ratings tank 12%, worst of presidency

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Philip Klein

President Obama’s State of the Union Address was the lowest rated of his presidency, down 12 percent from last year’s speech.

Obama drew 37.75 million viewers last night on 14 networks and cable news channels, according to the website TVbythenumbers, which tracks television ratings.

During his first speech to a joint session of Congress in February 2009, Obama drew 52.4 million viewers. His first official State of the Union Address on January 2010 attracted 48 million and last year’s SOTU had 42.8 million.

Though down from prior SOTU addresses, last night’s ratings were higher than Obama’s two September speeches to a joint session of Congress, on health care and the economy.

His jobs speech last September speech garnered 31.5 million viewers, according to TVbythenumbers, which was slightly lower than his Sept. 2009 health care speech to Congress, which drew 32.1 million viewers.

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