Inauguration TV Viewership Numbers Released

by Emily Morgan

According to the data released on Thursday by Nielsen, nearly 40 million people watched the live coverage of Joe Biden’s inauguration on U.S. TV networks.

Per the data, more people tuned in to watch the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden than former President Trump’s ceremony in 2017.

The data shows a four percent increase over the number tuned in for Donald Trump’s inauguration four years ago.

The figure includes the 30 minutes starting at 11:45 am EST on Wednesday when Biden took the oath of office and delivered his inaugural speech from the Capitol in Washington D.C.

In contrast, nearly 38.3 million people watched former President Donald Trump’s inauguration and speech.

When former President Barack Obama was sworn in 2009, the event drew 51.2 million viewers.

Inauguration Figures Don’t Include Live-Streaming Events

The figures don’t include people who tuned in via social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, where audiences streamed the event live.

Nor does it include others who watched on television at places outside of their homes such as bars and restaurants.

Updated figures are expected to follow in the coming days.

CNN led cable news networks with nearly 10 million viewers of Biden’s inauguration. ABC finished second while Fox News ranked last among the six major networks with 2.8 million viewers.

Fox News topped all networks for Trump’s inauguration with 11.8 million viewers. Fox News broke records for the ceremony for a single network. CNN came in at fifth with 3.4 million viewers.

According to Nielsen, ABC had 7.66 million viewers up 10 percent from 2017. NBC had 6.89 million, down 12 percent, and CBS had 6.07 million, down 13 percent.

On Wednesday, Biden, former Vice President to Obama, became the 46th U.S. President.

In addition to Biden’s inaugural speech, the ceremony included performances by Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Garth Brooks.

Former Senator Kamala Harris made history when she became the first Black person and the first woman to be sworn in as vice president.