Across all 12 networks that carried the speech, 46.8 million viewers tuned in to watch Trump address a joint session of Congress. That is an increase of approximately 3% over the 45.6 million who watched the 2018 State of the Union.
Fox News delivered the most viewers during the time frame with 11.1 million, followed by NBC with 7.1 million. CBS was third with 6.7 million and ABC was fourth with 5.9 million. Fox Broadcasting was fifth 4.2 million. MSNBC was sixth with 3.8 million followed by CNN with 3.4 million. PBS, Telemundo, Univision, Fox Business and CNNe added an additional 4.6 million viewers.
Trump touched on a number of topics during the address, including taking a passing swipe at the Mueller investigation.
“An economic miracle is taking place in the United States, and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations,” he said. “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there can not be war and investigation.”
As expected, he also maintained his hard-line stance on immigration, including his position on a border wall that was at the center of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.