56 million watch Obama's bin Laden speech

2011-05-04 13:01

kalahari.com

Los Angeles - More than 56 million Americans watched President Barack Obama's televised address on the death of Osama bin Laden, according to ratings data on Tuesday.

Despite the late hour on Sunday - shortly before midnight on the US East Coast - and the brief notice given before the address, Obama's speech drew more viewers than either of his two State of the Union addresses.

About 56.5 million Americans people tuned in to hear him announce that US forces had killed the al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan, almost 10 years after the September 11 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, Nielsen said in a statement.

The figure was more than double the 25.6 million who watched Obama's nationwide address in March justifying US military action against Libya.

His first State of the Union address, in January 2010, pulled in 48 million viewers; that number fell by 11% to 42.8 million this year. By comparison, American Idol - the most highly rated entertainment show on US television - currently attracts about 25 million viewers per episode.

Obama's announcement, carried live on nine US television networks, sent thousands of rejoicing Americans out onto streets outside the White House, at the site of the fallen World Trade Centre in New York, and into Times Square.

Read more on:    al-qaeda  |  barack obama  |  osama bin laden  |  us  |  security
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

20% off all TV Series!

Want to have a chilled day at home? Get 20% off TV series, the perfect excuse to "veg out". Shop now!

Save R700 on the Hisense LED TV Now R2499

Get the Hisense 32” HD ready LED TV for only R2499. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is one of those days where the more positive and optimistic you are the more opportunities you seem to attract....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.