The numbers are in, Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday, January 20 was the second most-watched in the history of televised American Presidential inauguration. According to Nielsen Media Research, a total of 37.8 million people tuned in to see the 44th U.S. president taking the Oath of Office and delivering his most important speech.
The final number was submitted based on the audience of 17 broadcast and cable networks that went live on the day. It excluded viewers from public places like office, schools and also online stream. His number is only beaten by Ronald Reagan's inaugural in 1981 which absorbed 41.8 million viewers.
Statistically, viewers for Obama's inauguration is 27% higher than that of Bill Clinton's in 1993 and 30% more than George Bush's in 2001. Right under Obama's inauguration rating is that of Jimmy Carter in 1977 with 34.1 million viewers, followed by Richard Nixon in 1973 with 33 million. Meanwhile, the least watched inauguration would be George W. Bush's second one in 2005 that withdrew only 15.5 million.
On the broadcasters tally, NBC News coverage came out the winner with 11.5 million. ABC secured 11 million followed by CBS at 7.2 million.