Media Advisory: Nearly 27 Million Viewers Watch Pres. Joe Biden’s First Address to Congress

Television Audience Estimates

New York — April 29, 2021 — An estimated 26.9 million people tuned in to watch President Joe Biden’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 Wednesday, April 28, 2021.


While coverage varied by network, 16 aired live coverage from approximately 9:00 p.m. ET to 10:15 p.m. ET.

The chart below highlights the sum of the average viewing audience for these networks. It’s important to note that out-of-home (OOH) viewing as well as connected TV (CTV) viewing are included in the 2021 total figures for this television (TV) ratings advisory. Contribution coming from CTVs can be as much as 11% for televised political events.

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