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SOTU By The Numbers: NBC and Fox Outperform the Competition

Only 33.3 million Americans watched the State of the Union on Tuesday -that’s the lowest number since 2000. But for those who did tune in, the competition for their eyeballs was fierce.

The numbers are in on SOTU coverage -and on the analysis programming that came after -and the big winners are NBC among the networks and Fox News on cable. Though CBS had the most viewers for the speech itself -7.5 million -they lost about 1 million of them after it was over. By contrast, NBC held relatively steady with just under 7 million viewers for the speech and post coverage. They also won the 25-54 demo during the speech, and actually improved on those numbers during post-SOTU coverage, when the networks really differentiated themselves.

On cable, Fox News far out-performed it’s cable rivals. As noted on our sister site TVNewser, their 4.5+ million viewers were more than MSNBC’s and CNN’s combined. Post-speech coverage was no different, with Fox News winning overall and in the demo.

The numbers from Tuesday night:

State of the Union Coverage

1. CBS: 7,580,000 total viewers / 2,269,000 A25-54

2. NBC: 6,984,000 total viewers / 2,467,000 A25-54

3. ABC: 5,569,000 total viewers / 1,990,000 A25-54

4. Fox News: 4,718,853 viewers / 1,197,554 A25-54

5. MSNBC: 2,292,169 viewers / 752,054 A25-54

6. CNN: 2,081,431 viewers / 762,450 A25-54

Post-SOTU Coverage

1. NBC: 6,702,000 viewers / 2,537,000 A25-54

2. CBS: 6,558,000 viewers / 2,015,000 A25-54

3. ABC: 5,565,000 viewers / 2,047,000 A25-54

4. Fox News: 4,513,177 viewers / 1,106,000 A25-54

5. MSNBC: 2,167,242 viewers / 704,000 A25-54

6. CNN: 2,081,431 viewers / 663,000 A25-54

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Whose Shoes? SOTU Edition.

So which political strategist and frequent TV guest decided to wear these snazzy sneakers for his big post-SOTU appearance on national television? Find out after the jump…

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Best SOTU Tweets

We had a lot of favorite #SOTU tweets tonight, but this first one is by far the best, even if the pic is from 2010:

 

Check out our other favs (including two from the prolific Jill Biden) after the jump…

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How Do You SOTU?

SOTUSure, you can watch the big speech on plain old TV tonight if you want to, but that is by no means the only way to get your SOTU fix this year. Here’s how the political media are covering their “Super Bowl” tonight:

The Atlantic and National Journal will be hosting a State of the Union Congressional Debrief on the morning of Wednesday, January 29.  Molly Ball and Steve Clemons of The Atlantic and Ronald Brownstein of Atlantic Media will be joined on stage by members of congress for a discussion and expert analysis of the President’s speech.  Speakers include Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).

CNN will start coverage at 7 PM with Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, and Jake Tapper. Guests include Jon Favreau and Karen Hughes. Throughout the night, Jim Scuitto will be reporting from Iran, Tom Foreman will subject Obama’s claims on economic inequality to a “Reality Check,” and Suzanne Malveaux will moderate a focus group in Des Moines, IA. Jake Tapper will lead the post-speech coverage, followed by John King. And of course, Peter Hamby will be live streaming his Politi-cast during the SOTU and the responses at CNN.com.

TIME will stream its first-ever live webcast on the President’s speech and GOP response starting Tuesday at 8:30PM at TIME.com. The coverage will be anchored by TIME Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin, and joined with analysis from Michael Scherer, Bobby Ghosh, Rana Foroohar, and Callie Schweitzer.

Al Jazeera American begins coverage at 6 PM  with Tony Harris, Ali Velshi, David Shuster and Richelle Carey. Guests will include Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. AJA social editors will live blog the speech at http://alj.am/SOTUJohn SeigenthalerJoie Chen and Ray Suarez take over coverage at 7 PM. Coverage continues at midnight with “America Tonight.”

Roll Call will be hosting a watch party here starting at 8:40 PM. Political Editor Shira T. Center will moderate a Google hangout that features Senior Editor David Hawkings and Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni to preview President Obama’s address. After the speech, Bellantoni will take you live inside Statuary Hall to get instant reactions from members. Center and Hawkings will join the conversation to talk about the implications of the president’s address.

Politico will start coverage at 8:30 PM with Mike Allen, John F. Harris, Anna Palmer, Manu Raju via live stream here. You will also be able to submit questions to POLITICO’s Facebook page after the speech using Facebook’s Q and A feature, for answers from POLITICO Deputy White House Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand. They will also host an event the day after SOTU presented by the Innovation Alliance at 8 AM at the Capitol Hilton. Guests to be announced.

Huffington Post will live stream a speech from Rosanne Barr at 11 PM at HuffPost Live, immediately following the Tea Party response.

Fishbowl Five: SOTU with CNN’s Peter Hamby

Peter HambyPeter Hamby occupies a unique position within CNN. There are now three full time digital correspondents working for CNN, but Hamby was the first -and still the only one covering politics.  As such he makes TV hits, and appears in web videos and writes for the web. And for tonight’s state of the union coverage, he will be moderating a “Politi-cast” of the speech via live stream on CNN.com. Hamby will do a sort of “play by play” of the SOTU, with friends Tommy Vietor, a former Obama White House spox, and Tim Miller, a former RNC flack. They will offering running commentary -smartphones in hand -that will tap into live reaction of the speech on Twitter and the immediate impact it is having on other social media.

Coverage begins when Peter and Co. “roll into the set a little bit before the speech and get settled in,” and will go through the Republican and Tea Party responses. The trio will be tweeting during the stream, and if you want to participate in the conversation, they will be using the hashtag #CNNSOTU. Of course, if, for some reason, you just want to watch the speech itself  without commentary (BORING!) you can do that to via another CNN feed. Or you could just watch TV.

We talked with Hamby over the phone to get a better idea of what he has planned for tonight’s digital coverage:

Where did the idea for this “play by play” coverage come from?

During the conventions, someone had the crazy idea to let me do a web show from the grill, both in Charlotte and Tampa. And the idea was to just talk about politics and dissect the conventions and the sate of the campaign in a more causal and maybe irreverent sort of vibe. And they gave me the green light to book the guests I wanted. Now I’m 32, I’m not that young, but if you look at the pundit class that appears on the Sunday shows, they all tend to be older, the tend to be former officials. So I got some journalists, people who were working in politics, people around my age. And the conversation felt very authentic and very natural, and it was very fun. So this is replicating that a little bit.

It’ll be me and Tim and Tommy watching the speech, adding informed commentary -it’s going to be a little edgier, a little more irreverent. The feeling we’re going for really is: What people who work in politics do and say as they’re watching an event like this. We’re providing an option for people who want more voices in the room. We’re going to be reading Twitter and making a few jokes and adding our insight to what the president says and the Republican responses after.

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