Trump Trails Obama In TV Ratings For First SOTU

Variety reports:

Viewership of President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address is down slightly in the Nielsen ratings compared to his first televised address to Congress last February as well as President Barack Obama’s first such address.

On broadcast, Tuesday’s coverage of the speech drew 7.1 million viewers on NBC, 7 million on CBS, 5.4 million on ABC, and 3.6 million on Fox for a combined 23.1 million viewers.

On cable, Fox News led by a wide margin with 11.5 million viewers tuning into the network’s coverage of the speech. CNN was second with 3.1 million, with MSNBC drawing 2.7 million. That means that President Trump’s address drew 40.4 million viewers across broadcast and cable

Obama’s first State of the Union in 2010 drew 48 million viewers across broadcast and cable, while his first address before a joint session of Congress in February 2009 drew 52.4 million viewers. That means that Trump trailed Obama’s first State of the Union by approximately 16 percent in total viewers.

(Tipped by JMG reader Scott)

  • Lazycrockett
  • Stogiebear

    We’ll never hear the end of this. Thanks, Obama….

  • Smokey

    But tRump had the bigliest applause from the best people! Period!

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Arnold Schwarzenegger needs to send out a tweet about Trump’s ratings.

    • Chef Philips

      First laugh in three days, Pollos Hermanos, thx!

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    I’m confused— isn’t this the second SOTU?

    • safari

      The first was just a joint session of Congress

      • Chef Philips

        Not so different from a circle-jerk, although a circle-jerk would be *far* more fun!

  • TexasBoy

    But…but…best Applause EVER!!

    • I’ve heard they are still clapping! Best everything ever! Go trumP! /s


    Trump’s State of the Union address had one false statement every 4.5 minutes :

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    OT I never thought I’d become such an admirer of Kimmel.

    • Lazycrockett

      But but “Americans are Dreamers too.” Fuck You Stephen Miller.

      • (((GC)))

        And “All lives matter”, meaning “Black lives don’t matter.”

        • JCF


    • Blake J Butler

      Shoe on the other foot, MAGA hats would demand the same.

      Wastes of sperm .

      The right to choose is to keep those asshats from being born.

    • CanuckDon

      “How can people be so heartless
      How can people be so cruel
      Easy to be hard
      Easy to be cold”

      • Blake J Butler

        Because we are cruel and wicked people.

    • Lizard

      I seriously do not understand the opposition to DACA. I don’t see how anyone with a particle of empathy can advocate deporting Dreamers, and even for the selfish assholes with no empathy, there’s a selfish reason to keep them too. What the fuck is wrong with them?

      • -M-

        Seriously. The Dreamers are immigrants who have already assimilated to American culture. In a rational world that should count in their favor.

        • The_Wretched

          Historically in Immigration Court, it mattered a ton and integrated immigrants were largely allowed to stay / regularized. the current concept of ‘out of status’ = deport immediately is a relatively new idea and one at odds with traditional court practice.

          • -M-

            Sorta gives the impression they prefer white foreigners to brown people with jobs and community ties here.

          • Chef Philips

            Especially from Norway!

          • Paddycakes2001


          • Robincho

            Which lies to the north of Nawbia…

          • (((GC)))

            But do they have good covfefe like Nambia?

      • The_Wretched

        Even empathy aside, it’s economic damage to take people out of the economy and disrupts families. ripples count.

        • Lizard

          That’s what I’m saying. Even for selfish assholes there are reasons to keep the Dreamers (mainly that we’ve already invested resources into educating them). I look at this issue and think that this is the ONE THING everyone should agree on.

          All I can come up with is the racist “They took our jobs!” and how do you even fight against that?

    • Ninja0980

      Sad to say but if anyone was expecting any of the bigots to change their minds, they were fools.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen
  • Joe in PA

    You had me at “Trump Trails Obama…”.

    • Cipher

      Even his ratings are bigger…

      • Joe in PA

        Bah dum bump!

  • Adam Stevens
    • AJ Drew

      “Melania’s White House Christmas [CHRISTMAS!] Card Committee has removed you from our list, but not our database.”

      • stevenj

        Speaking of Melanoma, have the Bekins trucks pulled up to the WH yet?

  • ETownCanuck

    Twitter meltdown in 5…4…3…2…..

  • AJ Drew

    whatever, there will always be this to get under his orange-tinted skin:

  • Publius

    FAKE NEWS. Seven TRILLION people watched the speech worldwide. EVERYONE loved it, EVERYONE’S hands were tired from so much clapping, EVERYONE loves Trump, and NOBODY was disappointed.

    • Lazycrockett

      I cloned myself so I could watch it twice.

      • Lizard

        Would that be considered viewer fraud?

        • edrex

          well they WERE viewing a fraud.

    • Chef Philips

      There also was *no* nuclear attack during the “speech,” so there’s that

  • Lizard

    This is going to piss off Trump more than anything else on the news.


  • Cuberly Deux

    Now they need a survey about alcohol and pot consumption leading up to & during the “event”. BTW-since legalization it looks like CA is experiencing a potential pot shortage.

    • Chef Philips


  • Mark Née Fuzz

    Oh dear! Trump will have to overturn something else for revenge now. What’s left?

    • Treant

      Marriage equality.

      • Lizard

        He’ll soon be having a fit on Twitter, then, ’cause he can’t overturn a SCOTUS ruling.

    • JWC

      finger sliding down the directory under “O”

  • Treant

    80% of Obama’s. It’s too bad Trump’s dick doesn’t measure out comparably.

    That’s rich. And it’s based on a population that’s grown for eight years, so the numbers are even worse if you back-work them.

    I’m awaiting the “largest audience ever” claim.

  • JWC

    Hey Donny Nyah Nyah ne Nyah Nyah Obama out classed you again My goodness, how does it feel to be such a looser

  • PickyPecker
    • kelven

      Obama is just bigger in every way that counts. Poor Trumpty Dumpty Doll Hands.

      • The_Wretched

        For all intents, public and private and otherwise, Obama is better than Trump. Then again, there is that ‘throw a person to stop a train ethics question’. In that case, I’d rather use 236 pounds vs something less than that.

        • RoFaWh

          “236 pounds”

          326 is probably much nearer the truth. Much nearer means the error is 90 lbs smaller.

  • PickyPecker
    • Treant

      One second before grunting his way to a weak, single-drop orgasm on top of his latest paid whore?

      • AJ Drew

        while thinking about Hillary.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Treant

      See? That’s how you do the right thing. You dedicate people to removing the conviction instead of requiring that folks sue you to get rid of it.

      • Lazycrockett

        and now former convicted dealers can go into a legit business.

        • Treant

          As they should. If you’re dealing pot, I don’t give a shit.

          If you’re dealing heroin, cocaine, meth, crack, or illegal prescription drugs…different story. (For the inevitable purist who intentionally misinterprets the above).

          • Todd20036

            Unless you sell fertilizer to pot growers…

          • Treant

            Then I give a shit. Or sold a shit. Whatever.

          • Robincho

            You can either give a shit or take a shit, but not both. Or at least not simultaneously…

          • Treant

            What if I….

            Forget it, that goes too far even for me.

          • Robincho

            English is weird

            Give a shit? Yes.
            Take a shit? Yes.
            Give a fuck? Yes.
            Take a fuck? Not so much…

    • JWC

      Great move..Sit on it Jeffy

      • jeffg166

        Jeffy wept.

    • kelven

      As well it should be.

    • KBlackie

      My city!! So proud. Especially since I’m stuck in my hometown for a bit (in FL…I miss SF soooo much).

    • Menergy

      I’m proud of my former city!

  • Boreal
    • skyweaver

      I was there during that first inauguration. It’s the coldest I’ve ever been. I waited for literally hours in Arctic temps to see him drive by. It was worth every second. There was an African American gentleman who sat quietly by himself near us for the whole time. When the motorcade went by he reached into his coat and pulled out a framed copy of an older woman, I assume a female relative (maybe his mother?) and silently held it up when Obama drove by. I’ll always remember that, he waited all that time to do that

    • Harley

      So sad.

    • Cody Johnson

      And don’t forget about Obama’s 2009 Tree Lighting vs Trump’s 2017

  • netxtown

    the only number donnie really cares about – is the one belonging to his next illicit fuck.

  • Boreal

    The only number of Obama’s that is smaller than tRump’s is his payouts to whores.
    Obama: $0.00

    • Treant

      Investigations by Independent Prosecutors: 0.

      Indictments of Close Staff/Friends: 0.

      • Chef Philips

        Impeachments: 0

        • Harley

          Not even any kind of investigation at all.

  • AJ Drew

    just for fun, and boredom, googling “ugly Trump” vs “ugly Obama” is… interesting.

    LOTS of images of DT grimacing, but for Obama, other than nasty unrelated primate images, actual “ugly photos” of Obama are of him wearing a tan suit or those “mom jeans” which is just… grrr.

    • JCF

      Well, w/ Obama in 2010, there undoubtedly WOULD HAVE been a noose involved…

  • GanymedeRenard

    Suck it, tRump!

  • jimbo65

    Has he finished rolling back all of Obama’s accomplishments? If not, I see another vindictive wave of dismantling coming

  • Ninja0980

    Angry tweetstorm in 3, 2, 1..

  • jeffg166

    Fake news. Trump had the bigliest ratings ever.

  • safari

    He trailed him in the popular vote, too.

  • Rex

    But, damn it, those old white racist guys can applaud loudly.

    • Pollos Hermanos

      The old white guys weren’t clapping.

      Trump just has the clap.

  • Bambino

    Try as he might the con man will never measure up. The lack of human decency for one.

  • Harveyrabbit
    • The_Wretched

      Oh Cletus. Go watch your TV any way. Don’t matter none if it works.

  • Richard

    I didn’t waste good electricity watching the Dotards TV speech …I watched Judge Judy instead 🙂

  • dcurlee

    I sure as hell didn’t watch

    • Vinnie NYC


    • Chef Philips

      I happened to turn on the TV right before it started. It was enough to make me switch channels, right away

  • AtticusP

    Mean girl “fake news“ Twitter outrage avalanche coming.

    Duck and cover.

  • Christopher
  • Jon Doh

    I only watched it for the entertainment value. I was expecting a major shitshow.

  • Chef Philips

    The Schadenfreude is strong, for the Blue Moon.

  • kareemachan

    Hissy fit tweeted in 3… 2…. 1….

  • Tomcat

    Quit calling it Fox news, it is Fox arm of republican party.

    • Chef Philips

      Like Pravda was an “organ” of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union!

  • Tomcat

    My flu made me go to bed early so I got lucky. Sick but lucky anyway.

    • Chef Philips

      Feel better soon, Sweetie-Darling. Drink lots of liquid, and . . . well, you know what to do!

  • bkmn


  • zhera

    LOL Oh, that’s gotta burn in Donnie’s black hole (where his soul was supposed to be). RATINGS!

  • JT

    The biggest LOL I’ve had in some time. Eat shit, Drumpf.

  • kaydenpat


  • JCF

    Does the figure for Obama’s larger number of viewers reflect the fact the U.S. population was LOWER in 2010, than now?

  • Elsewhere1010

    Only Trump’s base could stomach 88 minutes of bloviationing.

  • andrew

    Obama beat Trump in the number of SOTU viewers because all those illegal immigrants were watching Obama. LOL.

  • Happy_Housewife

    We went from “The Dick Van Dyke Show” to a demented version “Green Acres”. Of course less people would watch.

  • Reality.Bites

    To be fair, except for the Big Bang Theory you’d have a hard time finding a show whose ratings haven’t declined more than 16% since 2009

    In January 2009 TBBT aired two new episodes, one getting 11.1 million viewers and the other 11.8

    This year, 15.1 and 16.8

  • RickCabral

    Trump trails Obama in a lot more than ratings. Class, intelligence – – – Is there space?

  • Terry

    He’s so desperate to be liked as much as Obama was