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Obama's Syria address attracts 32 million US viewers

Last modified: 12 Sep 2013 00:28

More than 32 million US television viewers watched President Barack Obama outline his policy toward Syria in a speech aired live on 13 broadcast and cable networks, according to Nielsen ratings data on Wednesday.

The Tuesday night address attracted a smaller audience than the 56 million who tuned in to see the president announce the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011.

It pulled in more viewers than a March 2011 speech on US military involvement in Libya, which drew 25.6 million viewers, and an August 2010 speech declaring the end of the US combat mission in Iraq, which was watched by 29.2 million.

The combined average audience on 13 networks totaled 32.3 million viewers, Nielsen said [Reuters]