Trump Claims His SOTU Had The Highest Ratings In History. It Didn't

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Trump used Twitter to thank his supporters "for all of the nice compliments and reviews" about his televised Tuesday night speech to Congress. "Delivered from the heart!"

Fox News Channel drew the largest audience for Trump's speech, with 11.5 million viewers from 9 to 10:30 p.m.

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Trump has previously made claims of superior numbers that have proved inexact, if not false. More than 45 million people watched, Nielsen data confirms. Bush's most-viewed SOTU speech was seen by 62 million in 2003.

According to Nielsen ratings figures, the 45.6 million figure put Mr Trump's speech below the viewing audience for former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

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Of those that watched or followed coverage of Trump's speech, a plurality (or 35 percent) of Americans were enthusiastic about the president's address to Congress. Twenty-one percent were satisfied but not enthusiastic, while 26 percent were dissatisfied but not angry, and 16 percent were angry about the speech.

President George W. Bush saw the biggest audiences early in his presidency - 51.8 million in 2002 and 62 million in 2003 - as the nation recovered from the September 11 terrorist attacks and launched wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But CNN's Brian Stelter notes that a segment on Fox and Friends, which Trump reportedly watches, Thursday morning mentioned the 45.6 million total and that Fox had a record number of viewers.

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While Trump could correctly boast that it was the most watched address since 2010 - again, citing data provided by Nielsen - numerous presidents prior to him had higher numbers. On the broadcast side, it beat out NBC (7.1 million), CBS (7 million), ABC (5.4 million), and Fox (3.6 million).

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