President Biden’s first joint address to Congress drew 26.9 million viewers across 16 broadcast and cable networks, Deadline reports citing Nielsen figures released Thursday afternoon.

Why it matters: That’s a drop from 47.7 million audience members that tuned into former President Trump’s first speech to a joint session in early 2017.

  • Most people who watched Biden outline his progressive agenda Wednesday night were left feeling optimistic, according to two snap polls.
  • Data in both polls suggest the speech had Democratic-leaning viewership.