The combined hope of the new administration and concern about the future was the catalyst for 52 million watching President Barack Obama's first address to a joint session of Congress. The viewership was an increase of almost 40% over the number of people who watched former President George Bush's last State of the Union speech in 2008. In fact, the viewership was higher than even the post-September 11 State of the Union address.
So, which network scored best when it came to network-by-network viewership? Final data is not yet in but NBC was watched most by those in the 18-49 demographic. ABC was second, following by CBS and then FOX.