The Numbers Are In: First Trump State of the Union Got the Best Ratings in 7 Years

The Numbers Are In: First Trump State of the Union
Got the Best Ratings in 7 Years

Three in four Americans who tuned in to President Trump’s #SOTU address tonight approved of the speech he gave, CBS News poll finds


Western Journal
Jason Hopkins
February 1, 2018

Not only was President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address widely lauded, but it was viewed by a record number of viewers as well.

According to Nielsen ratings, Trump’s speech earlier this week was the most watched State of the Union address in seven years.

Roughly 45.6 million viewers tuned in to watch the Republican deliver his first SOTU speech as president on Tuesday night, surpassing the last six addresses to Congress given by former President Barack Obama.

Twelve networks aired live coverage of the speech from around 9:00 p.m. ET to 10:30 p.m. ET, with other media outlets also covering the speech to varying degrees.

Other ratings indicators reveal the speech received considerable attention from the U.S. public.

Trump’s speech was the top social program for that day, garnering 21 million total interactions across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Forty-one percent of the 21 million interactions occurred on Facebook alone. Another 52 percent took place on Twitter and 7 percent on Instagram.

Sixty-eight thousand Twitter interactions occurred at 10:04 p.m ET, right after Trump revealed his four-pillar plan on immigration — making it the highest social moment on the social media platform.

Top Twitter hashtags during the speech were: #stateoftheunion, #sotu, #maga and #stateofourunion.

Trump’s draw of 45.6 million viewers Tuesday night smashed then-President Obama’s final SOTU address in 2016, which only garnered a little over 31 million viewers.

The numbers may indicate that Americans are interested in a U.S. president’s very first SOTU speech.

In February 2009, when Obama gave his debut address to the Joint Sessions of Congress, 52,373,000 viewers tuned in. However, the 44th President saw his numbers decline almost every year afterward.

The excellent numbers for Trump come as his speech has been hailed by Republicans and independents alike.

According to a CBS News poll, 75 percent of respondents said they approve of Trump’s address, and only 25 percent said they disapprove.

An overwhelming majority of Americans who tuned in felt that Trump was trying to unite the country, not divide it. Two-thirds of respondents said the speech made them feel proud and one-third said they felt safer.

Trump’s address boosted the credit given to him for the U.S. economy. Before the speech, 51 percent of Americans gave him thanks for the growing economy. Immediately following the speech, that number rose to 54 percent.

“Even in foreign policy and national security, this speech a perfect blend of strength and empathy. These heroic stories break our hearts, but sturdy our resolve,” said Republican pollster Frank Luntz.

“This is the Trump his voters wanted him to be.”



Now this is good news! I like that they went through Nielsen ratings and all of the other information. It gives a much broader view of how his speech was received.


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8 Responses to The Numbers Are In: First Trump State of the Union Got the Best Ratings in 7 Years

  1. Whitetop says:

    Slam dunk from above the rim. My problem with his speech was with his 4 pillar immigration program. Chain migration and the lottery should be shut down immediately to prevent any more illegal aliens from coming into the country. Now that he knows the democrats will not support his program maybe he will listen to the people.

    • Uriel says:

      The biggest problem I had was the slowness of his cadence (coming from a Deep South brat that is funny I know)

    • SafeSpace says:

      Some suggest that the DACA handout was a negotiating trick. Trump knew the Dems would reject his proposal (simply because he did not offer open borders), and then Trump could go to Hispanics and say, “See? I tried to help y’all but THE DEMOCRATS said no.”

  2. Hardnox says:

    The left is crapping razorblades on the approval numbers. They refuse to believe them. Bwhahahahaha

    Once again, the left is detached from reality and what Americans believe and revere.

  3. SafeSpace says:

    The seven years figure suggests that the novelty of Batears was replaced by boredom after folks listened to his braggadocio just once. Why am I not surprised….

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