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34 Million People Tune in to Watch Pres. Obama’s Speech Concerning ISIS
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34 Million People Tune in to Watch Pres. Obama’s Speech Concerning ISIS

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, President Barack Obama delivered a speech regarding the role the U.S. will play in the fight against extremist group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The address was carried live from approximately 9:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. ET on 14 networks. The sum of the average audience for those networks was over 34 million viewers, with a combined household rating of 21.8. The networks carrying the address were ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Tel, AZA, UniMas, MundoFox, Fox NC, FBN, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and Al Jazeera America. Additionally, 4.2 million people saw one or more of the 234,000 Tweets sent about this address.

President Barack Obama’s Speech on ISIS

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Networks Combined household rating Average No. of homes (000) Average No. of total viewers (P2+) 000
ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Tel, AZA, UniMas, MundoFox, Fox NC, FBN, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and Al Jazeera America 21.8 25,311 34,182
Source: Nielsen

Below is a selection of past presidential addresses.

Select Presidential Speeches

Subject Date No. of networks Combined household rating Average No. of homes (000) Average No. of total viewers (P2+) 000 President
Speech at Arizona Memorial 1/12/2011 8 19.4 22,473 30,773 Obama
Address on Iraq 8/31/2010 11 18.8 21,818 29,232 Obama
Address to Congress: Health Care Reform 9/9/2009 11 20.6 23,607 32,111 Obama
Primetime Press Conference: Health Care Reform 7/22/2009 11 16.3 18,674 24,682 Obama
Primetime Press Conference: Economic Recovery 3/24/2009 11 25.9 29,799 40,354 Obama
Address to a Joint Session of Congress 2/24/2009 10 35.2 37,185 52,373 Obama
Primetime Press Conference: Stimulus Plan 2/9/2009 8 30.8 35,311 49,455 Obama
Strategy for War in Iraq 6/28/2005 7 16.1 17,909 23,059 GW Bush
Ultimatum to Suddam Hussein 3/17/2003 8 46.8 49,866 73,363 GW Bush
Press Conference on Terrorism 3/6/2003 8 36.5 38,973 55,843 GW Bush
Press Conference on Terrorism 10/11/2001 7 42 44,387 64,813 GW Bush
Haiti 9/15/1994 4 34.6 33,000 49,700 Clinton
Resignation 8/8/1974 3 40,130 Nixon
Source: Nielsen