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Wash Post: Trump Hopes to Break State of the Union Viewership Records

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By    |   Wednesday, 01 Mar 2017 10:54 AM

The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump might aim to exceed a number of viewership statistics from State of the Union addresses, noting his history with commenting on TV ratings such as "Celebrity Apprentice."

"You can bet that he will obsess over the audience size for his speech Tuesday night—and compare it to those of his predecessors," The Post's Callum Borchers writes.

At the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, Trump mentioned his predilection, saying, "I love setting records."

President Barack Obama's final presidential address to Congress got a 31.3 million rating from Nielsen, the smallest since Nielsen started tracking the address's ratings in 1993, according to The Post.

In each year since 2009, the ratings decreased for Obama's State of the Union speeches, the Post reported.

However, other presidents have drawn higher ratings than their predecessors in their first addresses. The Post reported that President George W. Bush's first speech got higher ratings than President Bill Clinton's last speech:

  • Clinton in 2000: 31.5 million.
  • Bush in 2001: 39.8 million.

Likewise, Obama's first speech outranked Bush's final speech:

  • Bush in 2008: 37.5 million.
  • Obama in 2009: 52.4 million.

Viewership of the previous three presidents' first speeches stack up with Clinton on top:

  • Clinton in 1993: 66.9 million.
  •  Bush in 2001: 39.8 million.
  • Obama in 2009: 52.4 million.

A key test of State of the Union viewership is how the ratings do in each consecutive year of a president's run. The ratings show that State of the Union addresses decline in viewership each year, with a few spikes in interest if an issue is making headlines, The Post reported.

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