Donald Trump Inauguration Draws 30.6 Million

Miranda GreerJan 23, 2017

While on broadcast, NBC was first with 5.8 million viewers for the day.

Topping both Obama and Trump in 1981 was the inauguration of Ronald Reagen, a former actor, which was watched by 41.8 million viewers. By contrast, it would seem like more people were interested in Obama, but Trump's 30.6 million viewers across 12 networks was enough to earn him the second-highest watched the inauguration, second only to Obama, since 1981.

The president tweeted: "Wow, television ratings just out: 31 million people watched the Inauguration, 11 million more than the very good ratings from 4 years ago!" Streaming is not included in any of these figures.

Global information company Nielson, which tracks the viewing audience of all inaugurations, has released its final numbers on Donald Trump's White House induction on Friday.

The only Democrat besides Obama to ever score more inauguration viewers than Trump was Jimmy Carter, with 34.1 million viewers watching his 1977 swearing-in, according to Nielsen. But, according to what the Metro reported to the Washington Post, 570,557 people used it Friday, and 1.1 million people used it in 2009.

Displaying how Trump is never shy to compare apples to avocadoes, the ratings analysis to the second inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2013 shows that other Trump line of winning - even if he is the only one playing that particular game.

Spicer also blamed the crowd's sparse appearance on floor coverings used on the Mall, saying "This is the first time in our nation's history that floor coverings have been used to protect the grass on the Mall".

It remains to be seen how Trump's future presidential moments will do in terms of ratings, but it seems likely he will continue to care.

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