The final numbers are in and last night’s was the least-watched State of the Union since 2000. Nielsen estimates viewership at 31,710,349 on 13 networks. In 2000, Bill Clinton‘s final address drew 31,478,000
As we told you earlier, CBS was the most-watched for the State of the Union on broadcast TV. And with the early numbers just in for cable, Fox News was the most watched among total viewers, while CNN was No. 1 in the A25-54 demo.
But when everything is added up, 2015 is poised to be the least-watched State of the Union in at least 15 years. On the big four broadcast networks and big three cable networks a combined 28.12 million (preliminary) watched last night.
By comparison, George W. Bush‘s second-to-last State of the Union address on Jan. 23, 2007 was watched by 45.49 million viewers on 9 networks. Bill Clinton‘s second-to-last on Jan. 19, 1999 was watched by 43.5 million on 7 networks.