Surprise: Last night’s SOTU ratings the lowest of Obama’s presidency

posted at 8:01 pm on January 29, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

America didn’t really care to show up to watch the fifth iteration of a now over-hyped D.C. ritual chock-full of recycled platitudes from an uninspired president only halfheartedly fighting back the throes of an imminent lame-duckery of his own making? …Weird.

The ratings are in, and they’re not pretty: the yearly speech got its lowest ratings since 2000.

The 2014 State of the Union got 33.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen figures. That is the smallest audience Obama has gotten since he took office in 2009. In comparison, Obama’s highest-rated State of the Union address was in 2009 when he drew 52.4 million viewers. Viewership has declined every year since then, and 2014′s speech was down from 33.5 million last year.

Meanwhile, President Bush’s smallest audience for a State of the Union was 37.5 million in 2008. President Clinton’s was 31.5 million in 2000 — the lowest State of the Union ratings, as the Daily Caller pointed out, since Nielsen began tracking them in 1993.

The numbers aren’t much lower than last year’s (and some of them could be getting siphoned off by all of the Internet-viewing options that abound these days), but it is quite the drawdown from the heights of Hopenchange, and O’s sagging approval ratings of late would probably suggest that nobody is finding renewed interest in the thought of spending their evening watching the president wearily deliver the same piece of political theater they’ve already heard umpteen times before. Obama Fatigue is real, and if this keeps up — especially if the Democrats lose the Senate this fall and Obama really finds himself dead in the water — I shudder to think about how much more depressing this banal rhetorical exercise can get. I’d wager that it won’t be long before he’s giving President Clinton a run for his money.


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Shame

Bmore on January 29, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Same Shite, Different Year

PolAgnostic on January 29, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Of course we know why a large part of the South didn’t tune in.

Bmore on January 29, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Only good part of it is Vodkapundit’s drunkblogging it.

rbj on January 29, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Same Shite, Different Year

PolAgnostic on January 29, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Don’t worry, it will be more Sunni this year.

VorDaj on January 29, 2014 at 8:11 PM

I have not watched one since ’07.

I wonder why…

Lanceman on January 29, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Only one reason: Racism.

Bishop on January 29, 2014 at 8:17 PM

The 2014 State of the Union got 33.3 million viewers,

So….
33.3 million watched but couldn’t sign up for ObamaCare….

Electrongod on January 29, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Alternate Headline: Americans now more racist than evah!!!

ShainS on January 29, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Guess people are tired of watching “Liar Liar”.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 29, 2014 at 8:22 PM

…wow…can’t wait till 2015 and 2016!

KOOLAID2 on January 29, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Only fools are surprised.

Well, again, you’re underestimating the president. Bold prediction: this will be one of the most interesting, passionate and debated state of the union addresses in history.

People mistake Obama’s coolness for apathy. And they’re always wrong.

Tom_Shipley on January 28, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2014 at 8:27 PM

I kept seeing Obumbles and SOTU…but I kept thinking Obumbles and STFU.

Moose Drool on January 29, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Toxic as a matt Damon anti war movie.

Murphy9 on January 29, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Schadenfreude on January 29, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Holy Jesus, that was only last night. One wonders how anyone could be that stupid. Hell, even libdie and his buddies were off somewhere gagging.

Lanceman on January 29, 2014 at 8:37 PM

So O-bots total about 33.3 million out of over 300 million?

GarandFan on January 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Oh, was that last night..?

d1carter on January 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM

you could interpret it as people being relatively content with how things are and therefore weren’t as interested in seeing what the president had to say

I’ll bet the SoTU gets higher ratings during periods of turmoil

nonpartisan on January 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Traffic light tonight, Allah?

Lanceman on January 29, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Millions of racists

Bitter Clinger on January 29, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Tea party stalwart Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., says she was hoping the House could pass legislation to sue the president if he took too big of a legislative leap without Congress.

“The president renewed his commitment that he was going to be King Obama. This is something that is really frightening to the American people,” Bachmann says, pledging to advance legislation and file a lawsuit against the president.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/01/29/republicans-skeptical-of-obama-enacting-agenda-alone

davidk on January 29, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Holy Jesus, that was only last night. One wonders how anyone could be that stupid. Hell, even libdie and his buddies were off somewhere gagging.

Lanceman on January 29, 2014 at 8:37 PM

He certainly is.

davidk on January 29, 2014 at 8:43 PM

I think the panel on Megyn show was pretty telling, all but one person on the very bi-partisan panel said they supported ObamaCare…quite revealing of how far Obama has dropped in support.

right2bright on January 29, 2014 at 8:48 PM

So I guess we aren’t fired up and ready to watch anymore.

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2014 at 8:48 PM

nonpartisan on January 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM

You truly are a moron, pajama boy. Now wipe your chin.

BeachBum on January 29, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Just A Child

Bmore on January 29, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Wait…

The State of the Unicorn speech was last night?

And I missed it?

Dang.

climbnjump on January 29, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Ratings were low because people had already watched it: http://clashdaily.com/2014/01/tofu-brains-awesome-loved-people-react-obamas-sotu-frickin-happened/

davidk on January 29, 2014 at 8:57 PM

it might also be that most people watched it online

nonpartisan on January 29, 2014 at 8:59 PM

I’ve got drool on my chin.

Lanceman on January 29, 2014 at 8:59 PM

you could interpret it as people being relatively content with how things are and therefore weren’t as interested in seeing what the president had to say

nonpartisan on January 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Which is why Obama had to go hit the road today to spread the message….

A bunch of content people need to here Obama….
So Obama will come to them…

[This is fun]

Electrongod on January 29, 2014 at 9:00 PM

That must be it child.

Bmore on January 29, 2014 at 9:00 PM

it might also be that most people watched it online

nonpartisan on January 29, 2014 at 8:59 PM

While signing up to ObamaCare…

Electrongod on January 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM

I’ve got drool on my chin and it ain’t mine!

Lanceman on January 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM

climbnjump on January 29, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Fess up, you watched it on line.

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Sorry, I was part of the 280.61 million that didn’t watch. Actually, I’m not sorry.

HiJack on January 29, 2014 at 9:04 PM

SOTU Pffft.

Followed by Obama going to a store that probably already pays its workers $10.10/hour or more (Costco) in a state that’s also trying to raise its minimum wage to $10.10/hour.

Fail-

22044 on January 29, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Last night. What was on? Oh Encore Classic had a good Magnum at 8. Food Network had a fair episode of Chopped at 9. And FX had Justified at 10. Any reason to watch Barky? Nope!

xkaydet65 on January 29, 2014 at 9:20 PM

it might also be that most people watched it online

nonpartisan on January 29, 2014 at 8:59 PM

While signing up to ObamaCare…

Electrongod on January 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Initially, Pratt said she noticed that her insurance premiums went down — $14 per month to be exact. She received a 30-or-so-page booklet detailing in small print the changes to her plan that would come under Obamacare. But she didn’t look closely enough to avoid her recent sticker shock.

Last week Pratt visited her primary care physician with a sore throat. It was strep. At the receptionist’s window and afterward at the pharmacy to fill a prescription, Pratt learned just how much more she would be paying for care.

“My copay for seeing the doctor went up $30 to $60. My copay for prescriptions went up $20 to $60 as well,” Pratt told TheBlaze.

But that’s not even the kicker. Having an MRI, something Pratt will need once a year for the next five years to monitor her brain, went from an $800 copay to $2,200

[But you can't fix stupid:]

“The Affordable Care Act in general, I think, it’s a great idea, but the road to hell is paved in good intentions. I don’t think they expected the fallout from business in general,” she said.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/01/29/28-year-old-who-survived-a-brain-tumor-the-size-of-her-fist-now-sees-cost-of-vital-care-more-than-double-after-obamacare/

davidk on January 29, 2014 at 9:29 PM

climbnjump on January 29, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Fess up, you watched it on line.

Cindy Munford on January 29, 2014 at 9:03 PM

No. No, I did not. I was at my yoga class becoming centered.

Nameste.

climbnjump on January 29, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Nameste.

climbnjump on January 29, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Namaste.

Geez, whata punk…

climbnjump on January 29, 2014 at 9:35 PM

I’ll bet the SoTU gets higher ratings during periods of turmoil

nonpartisan on January 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Nonpartisan is absolutely right.

The audience for “president” Obama’s speech last night was likely astronomically huge but uncounted.

For example, all those cars littering I-75 in Atlanta. They weren’t there because of the freak snowstorm. No. They were there because of the freak in the White House.

As the time for the telecast approached, those drivers abandoned their vehicles and beat a path to nearby bars, malls, hotel lobbies, airports, anyplace where there might be a public big-screen tuned to the “president” — that eager were they to glimpse his beautiful and reassuring visage in their time of turmoil.

So, if you include these millions of extra viewers, you learn — and I’m sure Nonpartisan would agree — that the audience for “president” Obama’s investment seminar drew an even more off-the-charts massive audience than did Obama’s first such event five years ago.

This proves that Obama is more popular and beloved than ever. It’s high time we faced reality and admitted these facts.

(OMG! I can’t believe how easy it is to fake liberal mental illness!)

FlameWarrior on January 29, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Color me stunned. People don’t care to listen to a liar?

John the Libertarian on January 29, 2014 at 9:42 PM

you could interpret it as people being relatively content with how things are and therefore weren’t as interested in seeing what the president had to say

nonpartisan on January 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Bwahaahaahahaaaaa!!! …Oh…LOL…oh, man. …Wow! Really?

I can’t believe how you actually typed that with a straight face!!!

Thanks. Thanks for the incredible laugh! ..after having a long, nasty day at work, that hit the spot. awesome!

….heh..relatively content…heeheeheeee!

a5minmajor on January 29, 2014 at 9:55 PM

from gateway pundit:

Here are the previous numbers for SOTU addresses (in millions):

2014 – 20.7
2013 – 21.8
2012 – 24
2011 – 26.6
2010 – 29.8
2009 – 32.5
2008 – 24.7
2007 – 29.6
2006 – 26.9
2005 – 25.2
2004 – 28
2003 – 38.8
2002 – 33.6
2001 – 27.6
2000 – 22.4
1999 – 31
1998 – 37.2
1997 – 28.4
1996 – 29.6
1995 – 29.5
1994 – 32.9
1993 – 44.3

Amjean on January 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM

So a boring, contrived and uninformative event keeps losing audience? Maybe people are wising up.

ojfltx on January 29, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Could it be that an ever growing segment of the population doesn’t lied to? If Obama doesn’t give them more free money, he is gonna lose them.

WestTexasBirdDog on January 29, 2014 at 11:26 PM

I would have watched it but I hate Obama and everything he stands for. But other than that I would have. Oh and just to prove I’m not a racist I feel the same way about Pelosi and Reid.

neyney on January 29, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Obama is now in “syndicated re-run territory” of a show that no one wants to watch because the original series left viewers feeling dissatisfied once they found out they were being manipulated by a really bad plot.

OxyCon on January 30, 2014 at 12:34 AM

New Executive Order coming: ALL stations must broadcast the SOTU address from now on(at least while I am King… er, President)!
-Her Royale Heiny, President Stompy-Foot

Sterling Holobyte on January 30, 2014 at 1:11 AM

you could interpret it as people being relatively content with how things are and therefore weren’t as interested in seeing what the president had to say

I’ll bet the SoTU gets higher ratings during periods of turmoil

nonpartisan on January 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM

You could interpret it that way.

Or you could not…..

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 30, 2014 at 1:17 AM

Are you kidding?

If the GOP takes the Senate, I would pay to watch one of 0bambi’s SOTU whinefest.

mockmook on January 30, 2014 at 4:38 AM

Interesting take about the State of the Union Address from last night, from Chicago no less… maybe people are getting it.

http://youtu.be/L7mYg6Gt15o
(5 min 17 sec)
Hat Tip: Rebel Pundit

-west

mr_west on January 30, 2014 at 10:48 AM

The 2014 State of the Union got 33.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen figures. That is the smallest audience Obama has gotten since he took office in 2009. In comparison, Obama’s highest-rated State of the Union address was in 2009 when he drew 52.4 million viewers. Viewership has declined every year since then, and 2014′s speech was down from 33.5 million last year.

Obama’s explanation: 200,000 people fainted from the sheer awesomeness of his speech, leaving only 33.3 million to watch the whole thing.

Steve Z on January 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM