More than 25 million people tuned in to President Obama's prime-time address announcing a drawdown of troop levels in Afghanistan on Wednesday night, according to Nielsen data.
That's fewer than half the number that watched his speech at a far later hour announcing the death of Osama bin Laden on May 1, and one of the least-watched evening speeches of his presidency.
The 25.4 million viewers was down slightly even from the 25.6 million who saw his speech on U.S. military involvement in Libya in March, which aired at 7:30 pm ET, just before prime time.
The 15-minute speech was carried live on nine networks, including the four major networks. Thirty-one percent of all televisions in use were set to Obama's remarks.