Almost 43 million viewers watched President Obama’s State of the Union address, down 11% from last year’s audience.
Nielsen combined the audience across 11 broadcast and cable networks.
Obama’s State of the Union speech on Jan. 27, 2010 drew 48 million viewers. His address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 24, 2009 garnered 52.4 million.
President George W. Bush’s final State of the Union on Jan. 28, 2008 drew 37.5 million viewers.