Obama Farewell Speech

Ratings: This Is Us Hits New High, While Obama Farewell Dominates Night

President Barack Obama’s farewell address on Tuesday night amassed nearly 24 million total viewers across the Big 4 broadcast networks, where NBC drew the largest slice of the pie (with 8.9 mil).

Over on ABC, Agents of SHIELD returned to 2.7 mil (its largest audience since Sept. 27) and a 0.8 rating, ticking up a tenth in the demo. The Middle (7.2 mil/1.7) was steady, while American Housewife (6 mil/1.5) dipped a tenth.

Fox’s New Girl (2.6 mil/1.1) was steady, while The Mick (3 mil/1.1) slipped two tenths. Leading out of Obama, Bones (3.7 mil/1.0) is currently up a tenth.

NBC’s The Wall (7.1 mil/1.7) was steady. This Is Us (10.5 mil/3.0) returned up two tenths from its midseason finale, hitting a new series high.

Airing opposite Obama, The CW’s No Tomorrow (800K/0.2) added some eyeballs while flat in the demo.

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19 Comments
  1. Tomm Huntre says:

    How could it not dominate the night??? Every stupid outlet carried it!!! Why would people care what the last official speech that idiot makes is??

    • Emor says:

      Why would anyone care what stupid comment this idiot makes??

    • Ann says:

      Uhhh…because he is our president. I did not vote for him nor did I agree with the tyranny of his last two years in office, legislating through executive orders, but he is still the President of the United States and deserves respect.

      • Marcie says:

        He didn’t have much choice with the bone-headed GOP Congress.

      • jless says:

        Executive Orders: Saint Ronald Reagan: 381, Clinton: 364, George W Bush: 291, Barack Obama: 266. For some people ignoring FACTS is the new truth. Pathetic.

      • Merla Punk says:

        For the same reason many people will watch Trump’s inauguration speech: He’s the President, if you care about politics, if you wanna be an agent on your nation’s course, and not only an espectator, you should follow news, no matter if you are a supporters or opposition

      • Swear says:

        Respect is to earned, you know.

      • Aeol says:

        He has to earn respect before he gets respect. And it’s a fact that the majority of Americans who voted didn’t choose him and he’s not deserving of our respect.

    • Mary says:

      I don’t know maybe the majority of us wanted to see what it truly is like to have an intelligent, well spoken President that can give a coherent speech for the last time. That highlighted what the majority already knew his accomplishments. Now we are stuck with a clueless thin skin President who only tweets when his feelings are hurt. Who acts like a 5 year old instead of a mature adult. One that does not know proper grammar or spelling. Unlike you many of us appreciate and were honor to have him as PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

      • Geo says:

        Well said, Mary! I wish this site had a “thumbs up” button.

      • Swear says:

        Now, would you to covered the events that occurred during his presidency that he didn’t cover conveniently during his speech. Or is that a bad thing cause he is a wonder child of Democratic party and dull the shine you thinks he has.

    • Brigid says:

      Idiot? LOL and the president elect isn’t? Even if it was on 1 Network it still would have had 24 million viewers. It doesn’t matter who carries it, the people will turn it off if they don’t want to watch. You just look petty.

  2. Except in NY, where No Tomorrow got pre-empted by Obama, even though it wasn’t scheduled that way.

  3. Kevin says:

    Hope This Is Us gets renewed soon by NBC. It’s the best new show of the season with moments that makes people bring their Kleenex with them.

  4. kmw says:

    Wow for This is Us. I wonder when this rise will stop. Not bad for everyone else all things considered and I really hope Bones stays where they are at

  5. Paula says:

    This nation will never again be so privileged as to have a President of the superior moral character and intelligence as Barack Obama. Such a pity that we all must now suffer because of the backward actions of ill informed voters who still don’t have a clue what they’ve done by electing imbecile Trump. May God have mercy on our souls (those of us who deserve mercy)!

  6. AJ says:

    Love “This Is Us” but if a show takes place in the past, you must fact check. You couldn’t order a Diet Coke in 1979/1980 (prior to the babies being born) as Diet Coke wasn’t introduced until 1982. Should’ve ordered a Tab!

  7. Anony says:

    I don’t care either so I just shut up and watch something else like “This Is Us”.