Forty-eight million people tuned in to Donald Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress.

This is according to Nielsen ratings across the 11 networks that aired live coverage between 9pm ET to 10.15pm ET.

The networks were ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Univision, PBS, CNN, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, MSNBC and NBC Universo.

Fox News Channel accounted for 11 million of those viewers.

George W. Bush's first address ranked poorly, but 62 million tuned into to his 2003 State of the Union, to see how he would justify plans to invade Iraq.

During Donald Trump's first address he made a number of spurious claims and took credit for initiatives he was not responsible for.

He also used statistics misleadingly, such as when he stated:

Ninety-four million Americans are out of the labour force.

Which is true, but mostly because retirees, university students and high school students choose to be.

HT Deadline

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