50+ Million U.S. Viewers Watch bin Laden Announcement

President Barack Obama’s announcement on Sunday night about Osama bin Laden’s death drew 56.5 million U.S. viewers, making it the most-watched such event in almost a decade, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog.

By comparison, most State of the Union addresses draw between 35 million and 55 million viewers, while Obama’s address about Libya in March was watched by 26 million people, according to the article.

Just one State of the Union address by former President George W. Bush drew more viewers than Obama’s bin Laden announcement, the story says. That was Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address, as the Iraq war drew near and 62 million people watched. (TV Week)

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