State of the Union: Fox News is the most-watched network, tops all cable and broadcast options

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Fox News Channel was the most-watched network in all of television on Tuesday for President Biden’s first State of the Union address.

Fox News averaged 6.9 million viewers when Biden spoke from 9-10:15 p.m. ET, compared to 6 million for the second-placed ABC.

Fox News had its highest-rated State of the Union address in history for a Democratic president among total viewership, surpassing the network’s previous record for President Obama’s speech in 2010.

President Joe Biden delivers his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Washington. (Saul Loeb, Pool via AP)
(Saul Loeb, Pool via AP)

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CBS drew 4.6 million people, NBC and CNN delivered 4.5 million each, MSNBC drew 4 million on average, and 1.8 million more tuned in to FOX.

Americans also flocked to FOX News Digital, where a Biden State of the Union live stream drew nearly 3.8 million videos, according to Adobe Analytics, CrowdTangle and YouTube.

Fox News Channel also drew the largest audience for coverage of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ GOP response, which aired from 10:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. ET with an average audience of 5.9 million.

Fox News was the most engaged brand on social media in the news competition on the day of Biden’s address to the nation, with 1.8 million total interactions across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram combined for an increase by 20% compared to CNN, according to Emplifi and CrowdTangle. .

Many viewers stuck around, as Fox News averaged 5.9 million viewers for immediate analysis from 10:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. ET, crushing other options in the process. ABC was second with 3.5 million during that time.

Fox News averages 6.1 million during prime time from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET, followed by 3.5 million for CNN and 3.2 million for MSNBC.

Fox News Channel was the most-watched network in all of television on Tuesday for President Joe Biden's first State of the Union address.  (Sarahbeth Maney/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Fox News Channel was the most-watched network in all of television on Tuesday for President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address. (Sarahbeth Maney/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
(Sarahbeth Maney/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

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Biden’s speech marked the most important of his life as US inflation soars and Eastern Europe turns into a war between Russia and Ukraine. Many members of Congress attending the speech wore small blue and yellow lapel ribbons to show their solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

During his speech, Biden announced that his administration was banning Russian planes from US airspace in retaliation for Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, in addition to economic sanctions and other measures he has taken in recent years. last days.

Besides the international turmoil, Biden’s speech also focused on domestic issues as inflation hit a 40-year high and gasoline prices hit an eight-year high.

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All TV data courtesy of Nielsen Media Research.

Fox News’ Kelly Laco and Marissa Shultz contributed to this report.

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