Obama Doesn’t Break TV Record for Inaugurations, but …

  President Obama didn’t,  according to Nielsen ratings – Live Feed has a good story on it –   set a new United States record for viewers of an inauguration,  coming in second to President Reagan’s 1981 inauguration.  Nielsen reports Obama got 37.8 million viewers.  Reagan got 41.8 million in 1981.  (That dropped to 25.1 million for his second inauguration in 1985.)

However,  a lot of people watched the Obama inauguration on the Internet this time,  which didn’t exist in 1981.  That audience wasn’t factored into the ratings,  but was huge, with CNN, FoxNews, and MCNBC setting streaming records.  So it’s possible if that is factored in, Obama did set a new record.


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