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UPDATE: State Of The Union Address Clocks President Obama’s Smallest Crowd Yet – 33.3 Million Viewers

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 1:50pm PST

UPDATE, 1:50 PM: An average of 33.3 million viewers watched President Obama’s State Of The Union Address Ratingssecond State of the Union address of his second term in office, Nielsen reported this afternoon. The speech was carried live from 9 PM to 10:15 PM ET on 13 networks and tape-delayed on Univision. In detail, the actual number was 33,299,172 viewers across CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Azteca, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Galavision and Mun2, Nielsen said. Last year’s SOTU address logged an average of 33,497,607 viewers.

For comparison sake, Obama’s first Address to the Joint Session of Congress (POTUS’ first such speech, months after taking office, is not called the State of the Union address) clocked nearly 52.4 million viewers, the largest number of viewers since President George W. Bush’s address following the 9/11 attacks. All of Obama’s SOTU addresses in his first term averaged bigger crowds than last night’s; his smallest audience in his first term was 37.8 million for his final address of that term.

To put cable news in perspective — about 9 million of last night’s viewers watched on Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC.

PREVIOUS, 11:39 AM: Fox News Channel clocked more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined for the speech, averaging 4.718 million viewers – 1.198 million of them in the news demo. MSNBC logged 2.292 million, including 752,000 in the demo; CNN posted 2.081 million with 763,000 in the demo.

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UPDATE: Congressman Apologizes For Threatening To Throw TV Reporter Off Balcony After State Of The Union (Video)

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 9:53am PST


UPDATE, 9:40 AM: New York Rep. Michael Grimm told a gaggle of reporters outside his office this morning he expects his mother to remind him he was not raised to threaten to throw reporters off of balconies. and that he’s scheduled a lunch with the NY1 reporter to whom he made the offer, Meanwhile, NY1 reporter Michael Scotto tweeted he’s accepted Grimm’s apology.

PREVIOUS, 7:53 AM: Time Warner Cable landed one of the biggest scoops of the State of the Union address last night, when a congressman offered to throw one of its reporters off the balcony in the hall, and/or break him in two, during a post-address interview (see video below). It’s believed to be a State of the Union Address first and understandably is the subject of some talk on the morning news show circuit today. “He did seem angry, he seemed angrier than I have ever seen a politician talk to a reporter about a question that he or she didn’t like,” NY1 reporter Michael Scotto reminisced this morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

“He” is New York Rep. Michael Grimm,Michael Grimm whose campaign finance issues have been of interest to some news outlets of late — the FBI arrested his fundraiser Diana Durand earlier this month, according to published reports. Scotto told various TV news outlets this morning that Grimm has been dodging the media but, after President Obama’s speech last night, he agreed to give Scotto an interview — at the end of which Scotto tried to ask him about allegations about his campaign finances. Grimm can be seen telling Scotto he won’t discuss anything but the POTUS speech and the stalking off. Scotto may have pitched it a little too strong to his viewers when he wrapped up with: “Congressman Michael Grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances, we wanted to get him on camera on that, but he, as you saw, refused to talk about that. Back to you.”
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Ratings Rat Race: Early State Of The Union Numbers In Line With 2013, ‘Biggest Loser’ Slips, ‘Supernatural’ Rises

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 9:12am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Barack ObamaIt will be a few hours before we get time zone adjusted ratings for last night’s State Of the Union address, but the early snapshot in the fast nationals indicates that coverage may be on par with last year, at least on the broadcast side. The Big 4 networks combined averaged an approximate 4.8 rating in adults 18-49 for the speech and related coverage, the same as 2013. NBC (1.4) was still tops but down 13%, followed by CBS (1.3, +18%), ABC (1.1, down -8%) and Fox (1.0, +11%). As usual, the CW aired all originals against the speech. The Originals (1.0) was down a tenth in 18-49 but flat in 18-34 (0.9). Supernatural (1.2 in 18-49, 1.1 in 18-34) continued an upward trend, up a tenth in 18-49 to match season highs in both demos. The veteran drama also edged last week’s audience (2.79 million vs. 2.65 million) for a new three-year high. An hourlong episode of NBC’s The Biggest Loser (1.7) was down 11% from last week’s two-hour edition. Dads (1.5) was flat.

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Plug During Tonight’s State Of The Union Address: Video

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 3:44pm PST

UPDATE, 3:44 PM: Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) caught up with Willie Robertson before tonight’s State of the Union Address and tweeted the photo below.

LisaColumnPREVIOUS, 8:14 AM: Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson is expected to join Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister at tonight’s State of the Union Address. Robertson is CEO of  the willierobertsonRobertson family’s Duck Commander company — and the State of the Union Address has become one of a handful of Washington’s Celebrity Petting Zoos,  though it trails the White House Correspondents Dinner by many, many laps. Willie also is the son of family patriarch Phil Robertson, who landed in hot water after giving an interview to GQ in which he waxed headline-hoggingly about gays and blacks. A&E, you’ll recall, suspended him from the show for an indefinite period but unsuspended him pretty quickly in the wake of wrist-slap blow-back.

McAllister’s returning a favor the Robertson family did for him last November, when Republicans credited Duck Dynasty with a political upset in Louisiana that wound the political newbie in office, thumping both the Tea Party and the GOP establishment. Now it’s the Robertson family that needs help. Returning to A&E’s lineup after Phil’s fiery GQ interview, Duck Dynasty posted its first year-to-year declines, and, last week, Episode 2 of Season 5 continued the downward trend: The adventures of the Robertson clan drew 6.7 million total viewers, down an eye-opening 21% from the season opener. The 3.6 rating in the adults 25-54 demo was down a less-rough 14% from last week.

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