Ignoring Facts, Donald Trump Tweets State Of Union Bagged Biggest Crowd Ever

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Trump said 45.6 million people tuned in to his speech. Twenty-nine percent didn't watch the speech but followed news coverage, and 30 percent did not watch the speech or follow news coverage.

In May, Mr. Trump said that when he appeared on the CBS program "The Late Show", the broadcast had its highest ratings ever.

Though the specific numbers he cites in his tweet are correct, Trump's audience on Tuesday night wasn't close to being the highest in history for a State of the Union.

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Obama's first State of the Union in 2010 attracted around 48 million viewers.

(The President delivers an address to the joint sessions of Congress during his or her first year, and the State of the Union the following year). "Delivered from the heart!"

President George W. Bush saw the biggest audiences early in his presidency - 51.8 million in 2002 and 62 million in 2003 - as the nation recovered from the September 11 terrorist attacks and launched wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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The SOTU with the largest audience was Bill Clinton's 1993 speech, which drew a whopping 66.9 million viewers. Here's a picture that compares Trump's inauguration to Obama's in 2009.

The former reality television star's obsession with ratings - and his propensity to inflate them - predates his presidency. The New York Times notes that the figures don't include streaming.

Trump complained early Thursday on Twitter that "the Democrats are doing nothing about" immigration.

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Correction: February 1, 2018 12:00 am - A previous version of this story misspelled Nielsen as Nielson in some references.