How the mighty have fallen … ratings for Obama’s last SOTU

By Tom Tillison

If television ratings are any indication, President Barack Obama has all but lost the American people.

The president drew 52.4 million television viewers during his first State of the Union address in 2009.

Seven trying years later, early numbers show Obama barely topped 18 million Tuesday night, with an average audience of 18.1 million watching the 9 – 10 p.m. coverage, according to

While the overall number will climb, they are on track to be the lowest audience since Clinton drew 31.4 million in his final SOTU in 2000, not that anyone in the media will dare tell you.

In fact, Obama’s last night’s ratings will likely be the lowest since 1993… how far we have come since those lofty days of Greek columns.

*Update: Final numbers are now in and Obama drew 31.3 million viewers Tuesday, confirming the above projection of it being the lowest since 1993. 



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