UPDATED: Did heavy interest in the Christopher Dorner siege hurt the president’s State of the Union Address ratings?
Barack Obama’s State of the Union address was the least-watched since he first took office.
A total of 33.5 million viewers tuned in for the Tuesday night telecast, according to Nielsen Media Research. That’s down 11 percent from last year, which was the president’s previous least-watched State of the Union address. The speech was also down 36 percent from Obama’s 2008 address after he first took office.
But on a couple of the cable networks, intensive live national Dorner coverage actually increased viewership for Obama’s speech compared to last year since Fox News, CNN and MSNBC were all covering Dorner up until the address — giving the president a presumably strong lead-in. READ FULL STORY