Some 33.5 million Americans tuned in for US President Barack Obama's economy-focused State of the Union speech live on television, just a slight drop from the TV audience for his 2012 address.
According to ratings data from Nielsen on Wednesday, Obama's speech on Tuesday night was carried live on 15 U.S. broadcast and cable networks and was tape-delayed on Spanish-language channel Univision.
In an assertive start to his second term, Obama urged the sharply divided U.S. Congress to raise the minimum wage and strive for economic fairness for Americans hit by unemployment and four years of recession.
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