Despite the Tallahassee Democrat headline, “Tallahassee celebrations muted as Trump era begins” it appears President Donald Trump’s inauguration drew more viewers than eight of the last nine inaugurations, including the 2013 inauguration of President Barack Obama.
The lone exception was the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009.
According to the Nielsen ratings firm, approximately 30.6 million viewers of the Trump inauguration surpassed the TV audiences measured for his two most recent Republican predecessors – both inaugurations of George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush.
Trump’s total was also greater than both swearing-ins of Democrat Bill Clinton – 29.7 million and 21.6 million – and the second inauguration of Obama, who drew an average audience of over 20.5 million in 2013.
President Obama’s 2009 inauguration, who became the first African-American president, was watched by approximately 38 million viewers.