Barack Obama's Inauguration Was Second Best in Ratings

Barack Obama's Inauguration Was Second Best in Ratings

Barack Obama's Oath of Office and inauguration speech pulled over 37 million viewers, the second best rating in president inauguration ratings.

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.


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    Jan 27, 2009

    Yes, I was there in person and a lot more people were there in the flesh than at Reagan's inauguration. Also, everyone I knew at home was trying to watch it on the internet and couldn't get on as the internet could not handle all of the people logging on all over the world. When you take into account all of the internet viewers around the world and people who were tuning in in large groups, this inauguration was easily the most watched in history.

    Jan 22, 2009

    this should be #1

    Jan 22, 2009

    BTW- this does not count the millions that choose to WATCH IT IN PERSON- my mistake!!!

    Jan 22, 2009

    Crazy skewing of the numbers- you purposely rule out "viewers" online and in offices, to protect Ronald Regans' numbers. Viewers are viewers. Sound like a republican run survey, the same that has caused the economic situation...people who can't count!!!!

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