55 broadcasts that had better ratings than Tuesday’s SOTU address

About 33.3 million people watched President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night. That, according to the ratings tracking company Nielson, is the smallest viewership of any State of the Union address since Bill Clinton's in 2000.

What other broadcasts have drawn better ratings? Well, a few.

The 2013 Superbowl – 108.7 million viewers.


(Photo Credit: Gary Hershorn/Reuters)

...and every other Superbowl, ever. – 39.1 to 111.3 million viewers

The opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics – 40.7 million viewers


(Photo Credit: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The 2013 Oscars – 40.4 million viewers


(Photo Credit: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

...and every Oscars broadcast since 2009. – 36.3 to 41.3 million viewers

The 2004 series finale of “Friends” – 52.5 million viewers


(Warner Brothers Photo via Reuters)

And the 1997 series finale of “Seinfeld” – 76.3 million viewers


(Columbia TriStar Television Photo via Reuters)

But, in a major upset (though maybe a victory too), President Obama's State of the Union address out-rated Sunday night’s GRAMMY Awards, which were watched by 28.5 million people.

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