Total viewers for Fox's 8 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance: 6.45 million
Total viewers for Obama's 8 p.m. speech on ABC, CBS, NBC: 21.1 million.
Broken down by network, Fox TV nearly managed to come in last place for the time slot last night. During the Obama speech, ABC grabbed 7.4 million total viewers, CBS attracted 5.6 million, and NBC won the night with 8.2 million. That, according to TV by the Numbers.
Yes, even though ABC, CBS, and NBC were all broadcasting the same thing, two of the three beat Fox's original programming.
Congratulations Rupert Murdoch. By taking the extraordinary step of refusing to carry a presidential address before a joint-session of Congress, he not only walked away from any sort of public interest obligation, but Fox TV managed to get clocked in the ratings as well.