An estimated 48 million people tuned in to watch Donald Trump’s first address to a Joint Session of Congress (the traditional first-term equivalent of the State of the Union) in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017.
While coverage varied by network, 11 aired live coverage from approximately 9:00 p.m. ET to 10:15 p.m. ET.
In terms of the social nature of the address, the most-Tweeted minute of the night was at 10:04 p.m. ET when 21,000 Twitter interactions occurred after the audience applauded the widow of a fallen Navy SEAL.
The chart below highlights the sum of the average audience for these networks.
|Sum of Networks Live + Same Day|
|Feb. 28, 2017|
|Rating||Number of Viewers|
|Source: Nielsen, NNTV, Summary file for Presidential address 02/28/17 based on program average for Broadcast and originator with strict daypart averages for common coverage times for cable (9:00 pm-10:15 pm)|
2017 Networks Included: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, UNI, PBS, CNN, Fox Business Net, FOXNC, MSNBC, and NBC Universo
|Date||HH Rating (% of U.S. TV Households Tuned)||No. of Households||No. of Persons 2+||President|
|2/27/2001||27.6||28,201,000||39,793,000||George W. Bush|
|Note: 2/17/93, 2/27/01 and 2/24/09 officially the "Address to the Joint Sessions of Congress"|
2009 Networks Included: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, TEL, UNI, CNBC, CNN, FOXNC, and MSNBC
2001 Networks Included: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, FOXNC, and MSNBC
1993 Networks Included: ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN