Reuters reports early data on President Joe Biden's first address to Congress has an estimated 11.6 million viewers.
These numbers are based on the four main US television networks and do not include cable television viewers yet.
However, former President Donald Trump's first speech to Congress drew a total of 49 million viewers, easily dwarfing Joe Biden's early viewership stats.
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The data on Joe Biden's viewers was compiled on "preliminary Nielsen ratings data cited by Deadline Hollywood," as reported.
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.
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In the speech, Democrat Biden proposed a sweeping new $1.8 trillion “American Families Plan” and pleaded with Republican lawmakers to work with him on divisive issues.
Television audiences for live events have fallen sharply in the past year.
Many speculate that Joe Biden's viewership for this particular speech won't be higher than Trump's numbers. Especially if there's been a decline in overall television audiences for live events.
Recent events over the last year also indicate Trump was more successful in growing an audience, social following, and gaining viewers.
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