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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 07:14

TV Ratings: NBC Leads Coverage of President Obama's Farewell Address

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Ahead of Wednesday morning's contentious presser with president-elect/Apprentice producer Donald Trump, President Barack Obama blanketed the airwaves with one final address as commander in chief Tuesday night.

Live coverage of President Obama's Chicago speech looks likely to top 20 million viewers on the broadcast networks alone.

That reflects early numbers and doesn't yet account for the likely strong showing from the cable news networks. Individually, NBC topped coverage with a 5.7 rating among metered market households.

Tuesday served NBC well on either side of President Obama. Reality competition The Wall held its strong 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 during its second showing in its official time slot. And, at 10 p.m., This Is Us looks like it logged a new series high. Early returns have it averaging a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.5 million viewers — easily the night's top non-Obama showing in the key demo.

ABC's offerings on either side of President Obama were also steady. The Middle (1.7 adults), American Housewife (1.5 adults) and Agents of SHIELD (0.8 adults) all held with recent episodes.

On Fox, a steady New Girl was followed by a slightly diminished episode of The Mick. Both of them averaged a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49, though The Mick did again build on its lead-in — adding roughly 400,000 viewers to the half-hour with a total 3 million viewers.

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