As a former reality star, President Donald Trump loves to talk about his TV ratings. And now that the president has given his first State of the Union address, which occurred on January 30th, we’re sure that he’s concerned with the ratings his speech got. Well, the results are in, and it looks like the State of the Union ratings are not that great for the 45th president.
Trump didn’t give an official State of the Union address in 2017, but he did deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress. When compared to this speech, Trump’s State of the Union ratings are slightly lower. Deadline reports that there was a 13 percent decline in viewership between last year’s speech and this year’s.
The 2017 speech attracted 47.7 million viewer, and while the numbers are still being tallied for the State of the Union, current estimates say that about 19.8 million people watched the address. However, as Variety notes, fewer people tend to watch the State of the Union as a president’s term progresses. President Barack Obama’s first address to Congress attracted 52.4 million, while his State of the Union the following year drew in 48 million viewers.
Reactions to Trump’s address were also more negative than last year. In a CNN poll of viewers, 48 percent said their feelings about Trump’s speech were “very positive” compared to 57 percent at his address to Congress last year. This is the lowest positive rating for a president’s State of the Union since 1998, when CNN began the poll.
But there is one recent event that Trump’s speech beat in ratings: the 2018 Grammys. The awards ceremony attracted 17.6 million viewers — a 21 percent decrease from 2017.
If you weren’t among those who watched the president’s speech live but still want to, you can listen to the State of the Union on Youtube or read a transcript of what Trump said.
TV ratings aside, the State of the Union address is an important way to learn about what’s happening in our country’s government, and for that reason, it’s worth watching.