President Barack Obama addresses a Joint Session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol September 8, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama addressed both houses of the U.S. legislature to highlight his plan to create jobs for millions of out of work Americans.

*More than 31 million Americans tuned in to see President Barack Obama deliver his agenda for creating jobs in a speech broadcast live on television. [Scroll down to watch in its entirety.]

The Thursday night speech to a joint session of Congress drew a bigger audience than both his March speech on U.S. military involvement in Libya (25.6 million) and his August 2010 speech declaring the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq (29.2 million).

Nielsen ratings data showed that 31.4 million viewers watched Obama’s address on jobs, which was carried live across 11 TV networks.

The TV audience, however, fell well short of the more than 56 million who watched the president announce the killing of Osama bin Laden in May.

New Orleans Saints Mark Ingram (28) is stopped by the Green Bay Packers defense on the final play of the game during the second half of their NFL football game in Green Bay, Wisconsin, September 8, 2011. The Packers won the game 42-34.

Shortly after Obama closed his remarks, 27.2 million people watched the first game of the NFL season on NBC.  Nielsen said the season opener between the Saints and the Packers was the second most-watched NFL regular season primetime game on any one network in 15 years.