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Obama's Syria address attracts 32 million U.S. viewers

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the nation about the situation in Syria from the East Room at the White House in Washington, September
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the nation about the situation in Syria from the East Room at the White House in Washington, September

(Reuters) - More than 32 million U.S. television viewers watched President Barack Obama outline his policy toward Syria in a speech aired live on 13 broadcast and cable networks, according to Nielsen ratings data on Wednesday.

The Tuesday night address attracted a smaller audience than the 56 million who tuned in to see the president announce the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011.

It pulled in more viewers than Obama's March 2011 speech on U.S. military involvement in Libya, which drew 25.6 million viewers, and his August 2010 speech declaring the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq, which was watched by 29.2 million.

Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in September 2012 attracted about 35.7 million people.

The Syria address aired live from about 9 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday. The combined average audience on 13 networks totaled 32.3 million viewers, Nielsen said.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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