TV ratings: Trump's first Congressional address draws fewer viewers than Obama

President Donald Trump gave his first speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, and while many are praising him for his presidential tone, early ratings indicate the former reality TV star wasn't as big of a draw as his predecessor.

According to Nielsen's metered market overnight ratings, Trump's speech grabbed a 27.8 household rating across seven networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.

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For comparison, then President Barack Obama drew an overnight rating of 33.4 for his first joint session address on Feb. 24, 2009, a difference of about 17 percent.

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US President Donald J. Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017.

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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, center, arrives for a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. President Donald Trump will press Congress to carry out his priorities for replacing Obamacare, jump-starting the economy and bolstering the nations defenses in an address eagerly awaited by lawmakers, investors and the public who want greater clarity on his policy agenda.

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U.S. President Trump Addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - Carryn Owens (C), widow of Senior Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens, sits with Ivanka Trump (R), daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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U.S. President Trump addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - U.S. President Donald Trump arrives.

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U.S. First Lady Melania Trump stands as attendees applaud during a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. President Donald Trump will press Congress to carry out his priorities for replacing Obamacare, jump-starting the economy and bolstering the nation's defenses in an address eagerly awaited by lawmakers, investors and the public who want greater clarity on his policy agenda.

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US President Donald Trump (C) arrives to address a joint session of the US Congress on February 28, 2017, in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Rep Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) arrive to a joint session of the U.S. Congress with U.S. President Donald Trump on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump's first address to Congress is expected to focus on national security, tax and regulatory reform, the economy, and healthcare.

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) arrives.

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U.S. President Trump addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - U.S. first lady Melania Trump (bottom, center) is applauded on her arrival as daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner (R) look on.

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US President Donald Trump arrives to address a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on February 28, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - Female Democratic members of the House of Representatives.

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U.S. President Trump Addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - Maureen Scalia, the widow of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, acknowledges applause after being mentioned by U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) (R) looks on as U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump's first address to Congress focused on national security, tax and regulatory reform, the economy, and healthcare.

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US President Donald Trump arrives to address a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on February 28, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - Sen. Bernie Sanders applauds as U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the U.S. Congress.

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - An audience member wears an American flag hijab.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, center, greets Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former chairperson of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), right, while arriving for a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. President Donald Trump will press Congress to carry out his priorities for replacing Obamacare, jump-starting the economy and bolstering the nations defenses in an address eagerly awaited by lawmakers, investors and the public who want greater clarity on his policy agenda.

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U.S. President Trump Addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner.

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U.S. President Donald Trump's limo is seen upon his arrival to address a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 28, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump's first address to Congress is expected to focus on national security, tax and regulatory reform, the economy, and healthcare.

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) arrives.

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US President Donald Trump (C) arrives to address a joint session of the US Congress on February 28, 2017, in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) arrive to a joint session of the U.S. Congress with U.S. President Donald Trump on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump's first address to Congress is expected to focus on national security, tax and regulatory reform, the economy, and healthcare.

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan arrives for U.S. President Donald Trump's first address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump's first address to Congress is expected to focus on national security, tax and regulatory reform, the economy, and healthcare.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) arrive to a joint session of the U.S. Congress with U.S. President Donald Trump on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump's first address to Congress is expected to focus on national security, tax and regulatory reform, the economy, and healthcare.

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US President Donald Trump (C) arrives to address a joint session of the US Congress on February 28, 2017, in Washington, DC.

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Vice President Mike Pence (L) and House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) arrive to a joint session of the U.S. Congress with U.S. President Donald Trump on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump's first address to Congress is expected to focus on national security, tax and regulatory reform, the economy, and healthcare.

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U.S. Capitol is seen minutes before President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress in Washington, U.S. February 28, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17.

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - Cabinet members applaud as U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the U.S. Congress.

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - Democratic female members of the House of Representatives talk before U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the U.S. Congress.

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US President Donald J. Trump (L) shakes hands with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R) as he arrives to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017.

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First lady Melania Trump (R), Ivanka Trump (top 2ndR) and White House Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning Jared Kushner (top R) arrive to a joint session of the U.S. Congress with U.S. President Donald Trump on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump's first address to Congress is expected to focus on national security, tax and regulatory reform, the economy, and healthcare.

(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump, center, arrives for a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. President Trump will press Congress to carry out his priorities for replacing Obamacare, jump-starting the economy and bolstering the nation's defenses in an address eagerly awaited by lawmakers, investors and the public who want greater clarity on his policy agenda.

(Aaron P. Bernstein/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) arrives.

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the U.S. Congress.

(REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

U.S. President Trump Addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - U.S. Supreme Court Justices listen as U.S. President Donald Trump addresses Congress.

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US President Donald J. Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017. / AFP / POOL / JIM LO SCALZO (Photo credit should read JIM LO SCALZO/AFP/Getty Images)

Denisha Merriweather (C) is recognized as US President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the US Congress on February 28, 2017, in Washington, DC.

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US President Donald J. Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017.

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Megan Crowley (C) is recognized as US President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the US Congress on February 28, 2017, in Washington, DC.

(BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump's first address to Congress focused on national security, tax and regulatory reform, the economy, and healthcare.

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

U.S. President Trump addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - U.S. President Donald Trump arrives.

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US First Lady Melania Trump arrives before US President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the US Congress on February 28, 2017, in Washington, DC.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, listens as U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, speaks during a joint session of Congress in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. Trump will press Congress to carry out his priorities for replacing Obamacare, jump-starting the economy and bolstering the nation's defenses in an address eagerly awaited by lawmakers, investors and the public who want greater clarity on his policy agenda.

(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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However, President Trump's first joint session speech did best Obama's last which on NBC grabbed a 5.6/9 rating. Trump is up 17 percent according to early numbers.

Trump had the largest audience on FOX News with a 6.4. rating, followed by NBC (5.5), CBS (4.6), ABC (4.0), CNN (3.0), Fox Broadcasting (2.3), and MSNBC (2.0).

One metric to keep in mind, however, is that television watching habits have changed for some demographics since Obama's 2009 speech thanks to the proliferation of online streaming services like YouTube, Sling TV and others.

According to Nielsen, TV viewing by 18-24-year-olds has fallen by roughly 40 percent since 2011. But with 35-49-year-olds the drop is only 11.6 percent over a 5-year period. Adults aged between 50-64 years saw only a fractional 0.5 percent decline.

The president's speech may have seen a drop in traditional television viewers, however many pundits have praised his remarks.

"He became president of the United States in that moment, period," said CNN's Van Jones during post-speech coverage. "That was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics. Period."

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