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Biden speech draws 38.2 million U.S. TV viewers – Metro US

Biden speech draws 38.2 million U.S. TV viewers

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden’s State of the Union
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -An estimated 38.2 million people watched live U.S. television coverage of President Joe Biden’s Tuesday night State of the Union speech, according to ratings data from Nielsen, a 42% jump from his 2021 address to Congress.

The figure includes viewership of English- and Spanish-language coverage on 16 broadcast and cable networks. Biden’s first address to Congress in April 2021 attracted an estimated 26.9 million viewers across 16 channels.

In Tuesday’s roughly hour-long address, Biden, a Democrat, assailed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and detailed his domestic agenda.

Fox News topped all networks with an audience of 7.2 million, followed by Walt Disney Co’s ABC with 6.3 million.

Biden’s audience came in below the total for former President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech in 2018, which attracted close to 46 million people.

Television audiences for live events have fallen sharply as audiences have gravitated to on-demand streaming services.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien, Stephen Coates and Leslie Adler)

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