Nearly 31 Million Watch President's Speech About Tuscon Shootings


More than 30 million viewers tuned in Wednesday night to watch President Obama's remarks at a memorial service for victims of the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8, according to Nielsen.

Obama's address was carried live from approximately 8:45-9:15 p.m. on seven networks: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC.

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Coverage of the speech earned a 19.4 household rating/31 share. Compared to presidential speeches of 2010, that rating and viewership number topped Obama's address on Iraq on Aug. 31 which drew an audience of 29 million, and is just shy of the 32 million who tuned his Jun. 15 talk about the Gulf Coast oil spill. Both of those speeches were carried on 11 networks.