Early reports are already out, suggesting that Biden’s address to a socially-distanced Congress last night will have terrible ratings compared to previous presidential addresses:
REUTERS – President Joe Biden’s address to Congress on Wednesday night attracted an estimated 11.6 million viewers on the four main U.S. broadcast television networks, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings data cited by Deadline Hollywood.
The early numbers do not include people who watched on cable news networks but indicate a fall in the TV audience compared to President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress in 2017, which attracted a final tally of 48 million TV viewers.
The Biden ratings number reflects the TV audience on Walt Disney Co’s ABC, Comcast Corp’s NBC, ViacomCBS Inc’s CBS and Fox. Viewership numbers from additional networks are expected later on Thursday.
The broadcast networks typically have the highest ratings because they are free and don’t require cable.
To give you an accurate comparison, the early ratings for Trump’s 2017 address on the big four broadcast networks was 25.3 million. That’s well over double what Biden got here. And he ended up with roughly 18 million on the big cable news networks (Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, MSNBC), with 11 million of it on Fox News.
Given that this is Biden’s first address, these horrible ratings speak volumes about how people really feel about him and the job his administration is doing.