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40.8 Million Watch President Obama’s Speech on Afghanistan
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40.8 Million Watch President Obama’s Speech on Afghanistan

President Obama made his seventh prime time appearance this year to announce a strategy for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. The speech was carried live on Tuesday December 1, 2009 from 8:00PM to approximately 8:36PM on 10 television networks.  The sum of average audience for those networks was 40,767,134 viewers and had a combined household rating of 25.9.  The networks carrying the speech were ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Univision, Telemundo, CNBC, CNN, FOX News Channel, and MSNBC.

Viewership to last night’s speech was up 27% from President Obama’s last prime time appearance where he addressed a joint session of Congress on September 9.

Tuesday December 1, 2009 Combined Household Rating Combined Household Share Number of Households Number of Persons
ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Univision, Telemundo, CNBC, CNN, FOX News Channel and MSNBC 25.9 44 29,806,000 40,767,134
Source: The Nielsen Company

Here are ratings for President Obama’s previous prime time speeches and press conferences this year:

Subject Date Number of Networks Household Rating Household Share Number of Households Number of Persons
Address to a Joint Session of Congress: Health Care Reform^ 09/09/09 11 20.6 35 23,607,629 32,111,596
Health Care Reform^^ 07/22/09 11 16.3 32 18,674,361 24,682,519
100th Day in Office^^ 04/29/09 10 18.8 27 21,408,000 28,811,000
Economic Recovery^^ 03/24/09 11 25.9 45 29,799,000 40,354,000
Address to a Joint Session of Congress: Health Care Reform^ 02/24/09 10 32.5 49 37,185,000 52,373,000
Stimulus Plan^^ 02/09/09 8 30.8 47 35,311,433 49,455,000
Source: The Nielsen Company

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