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40.35M Watched President Obama’s Second News Conference March 25, 2009 5:25 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Television.
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barackobama-032509The second press conference of President Barack Obama last night drew an audience of 40.35M viewers. The hour-long conference had a combined household rating of a 25.9 and was carried on 11 networks: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and mun2.

President Obama’s previous news conference was seen by 49.46M viewers in February.  Over the past week, the President has racked up impressive audiences for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (an 11.2 household metered market rating) last Thursday and 60 Minutes on Sunday (17.04M).

For comparative purposes, President Obama’s inauguration day celebration was seen by 37.79M viewers and his address to congress was watched by 52.37M viewers.


President Obama’s Appearance on Leno Nets Highest Ratings in Four Years March 21, 2009 2:21 am

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barackobamajayleno-032109President Barack Obama’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Thursday night gave the show its highest ratings in four years.  The episode drew an 11.2/26 HH rating/share (in the overnight metered markets), matching the number that Leno pulled in a January 2005 tribute episode following the death of Johnny Carson.

The highest rated episode of the series came on the night of the Seinfeld finale in May 1998 (a 12.4 HH rating). To put the number in perspective, it’s 187% above the show’s average this season of a 3.9 HH rating.  The episode also lifted lead-out Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to its highest numbers in three weeks (a 3.9/13 HH rating/share in the overnights).

Source: Variety

President Barack Obama Appearing on Leno This Thursday March 16, 2009 3:02 pm

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barackobama-031609The White House has announced that President Barack Obama, during a trip to Los Angeles on Thursday, will appear on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.  NBC will tape the program and air it that night, after the president has returned to Washington.