Thomas Moore for The Hill:

President Biden’s first speech to a joint session of Congress drew 26.9 million viewers, according to figures from ratings company Nielsen released Thursday.


The audience Wednesday night was a roughly 43.6 percent drop from the approximately 47.7 million who tuned in to former President Trump’s first address to members of the House and Senate in 2017.

While I’m sure it wouldn’t account for the full amount, I’d be curious to know how much of that 43.6 percent was watching online. A lot has changed in four years in regards to how events like these are broadcast.

I’d have to think that another contributing factor would be that many people tuned in to the 2017 speech to see how far off the rails Trump would go which, refreshingly, was not the case last night.