TV Audience for Biden Inauguration Tops Trump’s Viewership Four Years Earlier

Roughly 40 million people watched live coverage of Democrat Joe Biden’s inauguration as U.S. president on six TV networks, according to Nielsen data released on Thursday, a 4% increase over the number that tuned in for Donald Trump’s swearing-in four years ago.

The figure covers the 30-minute span starting at 11:45 a.m. EST on Wednesday, when Biden took the oath of office and delivered his inaugural address from the U.S. Capitol. It includes the audience on broadcasters ABC, CBS and NBC and cable channels Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.

In 2017, about 38.3 million people watched Republican Trump’s inauguration and speech on those networks. The swearing-in of Democrat Barack Obama in 2009 as the first Black U.S. president drew 51.2 million viewers.

Biden, Obama’s vice president, became the 46th U.S. president on Wednesday in a ceremony that included performances by Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks. Kamala Harris made history as she became the first Black person, first woman and first Asian American to serve as vice president [L1N2JV05S].

The TV viewing figures do not capture people who tuned in via digital platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube that streamed the event live, or others who watched on television at places outside of their homes such as bars and restaurants.

Updated figures are expected in the coming days.

CNN, owned by AT&T Inc, led all networks with nearly 10 million viewers of Biden’s ceremony. Walt Disney Co’s ABC finished second. Fox Corp’s Fox News Channel ranked last among the six major networks with 2.8 million viewers.

The ranking reflected a reversal from four years ago. Fox News, which is popular with conservative viewers, topped all networks for Trump’s swearing-in with 11.8 million viewers, an Inauguration Day record for a single network. CNN ranked fifth at the time with 3.4 million.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Bill Berkrot and Peter Cooney)


    1. WTF are you talking about, Darryl?

      The flags didn’t represent the over 425,000 Trump Virus victims. You knew that, right? So, Darryl, tell everyone what the flags DID represent.

  1. Of course it was bigger! I remember when Mango had his inauguration and Spicer said it was bigger than Obama’s. Of course it wasn’t but it was the beginning of lies, lies, and more lies.

  2. Interesting. More people actually attended President Trump’s inauguration than Biden’s. Flags don’t count. Nor do the skewed statistics by CNN, owned by AT&T etc.

  3. As reported by whom? Oh, the lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats that also said there was no cheating during the election. Sorry, half of America won’t believe that BS. I certainly didn’t watch it. Why would I watch a false President take over and immediately start destroying America? He called Conservative American citizens terrorists and immediately opened immigration with 7 known supporters of terrorism in the Muslim world. He declared war on anyone that doesn’t agree with him or the Democrat agenda, his words. And, he did it all with a scowl on his face. He’s a liar who has cheated his entire life. That’s his history and will eventually be his legacy. He can put the porta-potty that will be his library right next to Obama’s.

  4. Now that the King has been dethroned by the people, we will have much less chance to discuss what happened over the last five years. He will soon be the president that we cannot name.

    It looks as if the crazies on the right got an instant awakening on Tuesday when they had to realize that their saviour would not be in the White House any more. The Proud Boys aren’t proud of His Majesty any more and have turned on him. You can find many videos of people who are utterly devastated by not having “their man” in power anymore. Q-Anon now have to explain why their aspirations will never come true. Conspiracies typically deal with past events, but Q-Anon dealt with predictions into the future. That’s weird, so that movement is falling apart because it can’t hold itself up to factual scrutiny.

    The mental health of this nation has to be at an all-time low, but, given enough time, people will have to deal with them losing their jobs, their friends, and even being shunned by their families over supporting a liar and a grifter.

    The woman who was shot by the police, in Washington, had been an Obama supporter. A man who voted for Obama in his first run died of a heart attack during the riot. A young man spent his life savings to investigate non-existent voter fraud. These people paid a high price to support a person who didn’t even like people like them, who disrespected them so much that he lied to them over 30,550 times. On his way out the door, he handed out pardons to a Democrat mega-donor and Jennine Pirro’s husband.

    His Majesty used and abused you. Do you care?

    1. No libtard we don’t care and you can shove your fo called president where the sun won’t hit it

      1. Great to have a tag team partner named Paul to chew up and spit out the GC aka Walter Mitty now aka Nannie Pelosi. He will be confused now.

        1. And I enjoy reading both of your posts. They fancy themselves as far superior to other mere mortals. And should be appreciated for their superiority. Thanks for the beat downs.

          1. Yes, Sharal, it is a superior position to be in when on the right side of issues and backed by facts. I know, that must be really difficult for you to accept, but it is true.

      2. I am confused, Paul.

        Are you admitting that you have such little self-respect that you will let a person in authority LIE TO YOU tens of thousands of times and you are going to just let him get away with it, with impunity? Really? Why would you do that, Paul?

        Who else in your life would you let someone disrespect you like that? Your preacher? Your teacher? Your gas station attendant? Your neighbor? Your brother? Who, Paul?

    2. Confused Baby – start taking your medications again. You may find reality again. Probably not, though, too far gone.

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