‘Not Top of Their To-Do List’: Biden Speech Viewer Rating Less Than Half of Trump’s 2017 TV Audience

US President Joe Biden took the stage in the Capitol building ahead of his 100th day in office, on 28 April, to claim his administration was “turning peril into possibility” amid the health and economic challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, as he delivered his first address to a Joint Session of Congress.

President Joe Biden may have used his first address to a joint session of Congress to drive home the message that his administration has made great progress during the first 100 days he’s been in office, yet viewer ratings beg otherwise.

The Democratic POTUS touted his achievements in confronting the public health crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout while indirectly attacking the previous administration for the inherited “crisis” to an estimated 26.9 million viewers across 16 US television networks.

Nielsen ratings data was released on Thursday to show that Biden’s audience, as he pitched his 1.8 trillion spending package to “transform and expand government’s role in the lives of everyday Americans” paled compared to his predecessor’s viewership.

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