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Posted at 5:14 PM ET, 01/26/2011

43 million watch President Obama's State of the Union address

By Lisa de Moraes

[This blog entry has been updated]

About 43 million people tuned in to watch President Barack Obama rally to nation to "win the future" in his State of the Union Address Tuesday night across 11 television networks.

"Sustaining the American dream has never been about standing pat...It has required each generation to sacrifice, and struggle, and meet the demands of a new age. Now it's our turn," Obama said, to a TV audience of about 5 million fewer people than had watched last year's SOTU address.

President Obama's first address to the joint session of Congress, on Feb 24, 2009, remains his record -- attracting 52.4 million people.

Obama took office in November of 2008.

In calculating Obama's audience, Nielsen included ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, CNN, Centric, CNBC, Fox News Channel and MSNBC -- in the order listed by Nielsen.

FNC was dominant among cable news network, averaging 5 million of those 43 mil.

Meanwhile, CNN averaged just under 3 million and MSNBC about 2.5 million.

Here's the Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever's take on the speech.

Read the full transcript, and watch video from the speech:

By Lisa de Moraes  | January 26, 2011; 5:14 PM ET
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