Boston: Barack Obama`s speech late Sunday night announcing world`s most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden`s death was watched by over 56 million people, making it the biggest TV audience for any US President so far.
According to estimates by Nielsen Co, 56.6 million
viewers watched the about 9 minute speech, which was aired
live on networks ABC, CBS, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, CNN, Fox
News Channel, HLN and MSNBC.
Nielsen said despite the late hour and sudden alert
from the White House that the President will be making a
statement, Sunday night`s audience was larger than recent
prime-time addresses by Obama, including his March 28 speech
Obama began his speech around 11:35 p.m. (as per time
on the US East Coast) on May 1. It was the President`s biggest
TV audience since he was elected and was watched by 57 per
cent of US households.
Obama`s recent speeches have had a smaller audience
as compared to the Sunday numbers.
His March address on Libya averaged 25.6 million
viewers, while his first address to a joint session of
Congress in February 2009 had an average of 52.4 million
His speech in August 2010 on Iraq had over 29 million
viewers, while his December 2009 address on Afghanistan was
viewed by 40.8 million, Nielsen said.
Britain`s Royal Wedding on Friday drew an average of
22.8 million viewers per minute.