48 Million Watch State of the Union + Cable News Ratings

Obama primetime speeches total audience

48 million viewers tuned in to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last evening across the broadcast and cable networks, according to Nielsen.

While that is a decrease of roughly 5 and a half million viewers from the address he delivered to a joint session of Congress last February
, it's the most viewers the president has drawn for any primetime address since that time.

Here's a chart, based on info from Nielsen, comparing the audiences for Obama's primetime addresses and news conferences since taking office:
Cable News Ratings for the State of the Union and post speech coverage, Foxnews post analysis nearly tripled MSNBC