Obama's Inauguration Is Most Watched Since Reagan's

January 21, 2009 By:
Obama's Inauguration Is Most Watched Since Reagan's

We know Barack Obama is a popular President. But just how popular? Well, the Neilson Ratings from yesterday’s inauguration just came out, proving that it was the most watched one since Ronald Reagan became president.

The early numbers say that 29.2% of households from the nation’s top markets tuned in, which is the biggest in 28 years. Reagan’s 1981 inauguration drew in 37.4%.

The numbers are based on 14 different broadcast and cable networks, and don’t include online viewing, which is what a lot of Americans had to do because they were stuck at work.

The national viewership total will be available this afternoon, and the number crunchers are estimating it will be around 35 million.

Here are the previous nine inaugurations and their numbers. Obama is right up there with Reagan!

2005 – George W. Bush : 15.5 million

2001 – George W. Bush : 29.0 million

1997 – Bill Clinton : 21.6 million

1993 – Bill Clinton : 29.7 million

1989 – George Bush : 23.3 million

1985 – Ronald Reagan : 25.1 million

1981 – Ronald Reagan : 41.8 million

1977 - Jimmy Carter : 34.1 million

1973 - Richard Nixon : 33.0 million