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Not So Thrilling—Obama’s State of the Union Lowest-rated Since 2000

The ratings are in for Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, and according to Nielsen it was the lowest rated such speech since 2000.

US-POLITICS-OBAMA-STATE OF THE UNION [1]33.5 million viewers tuned in to watch President Obama put forth his vision for his second term, which was down from 37.8 million in 2011, and 52.4 million in 2009, which was his first State of the Union address.

It was also lower than the second term addresses of George W. Bush, which drew 39.4 million viewers in 2005, and Bill Clinton who managed to pull in 41.1 million in 1997.

NBC beat all broadcast and cable news networks with 6.469 million viewers, barely edging out CBS with 6.40 million, while Fox News squeaked by CNN with 3.683 million viewers to 3.635 million.

Obama may have won a second term in office, but based on the State of the Union ratings the American public is tuning out his message in droves.