Tuning Biden Out: This Year's State of the Union Lowest Viewed in 30 Years

Nick Kangadis | February 9, 2023
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So, yours truly got to watch and cover Tuesday evening’s State of the Union (SOTU) address. Thank you for all your well wishes for having to sit through all of it. However, I was apparently part of the “lowest audience for a SOTU in at least 30 years,” according to Nielsen records reported on by Deadline Hollywood.

This year’s political pep rally was technically viewed by approximately 400,000 more people than the address from 2021, but since President Joe Biden’s speech that year wasn’t “an official” SOTU address this year’s was the worst viewed SOTU in the last three decades.

Nielsen reported that “Feb. 17, 1993, Feb. 27, 2001, Feb. 24, 2009, Feb. 28, 2017, and Apr. 28, 2021 were officially “Addresses to the Joint Sessions of Congress.”

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Even those addresses noted above garnered more viewers than this past Tuesday’s speech, which saw a 29 percent drop from last year (38.2 million viewers). This year’s SOTU drew 27.3 million.

The highest “official” SOTU address came during the 2003 speech by former President George W. Bush, as the U.S. was ramping up the “War on Terror.”

We can’t know for sure, but the apathetic number of viewers for this year’s speech might be a result of political burnout following two-plus years of the U.S. being on a downward trend, with the possibility of a populous that simply isn’t buying what the federal government headed by the Biden regime is selling.


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