Love it that President Ronald Reagan's inauguration in 1981, with only THREE networks in existence at the time, was viewed on TV by roughly 4 million more than Obama!
I suppose some party-pooper will come along and say that many were watching on the Internet, which I understand was hot and heavy. But still, think about it. The population has grown tremendously since Reagan's inauguration and there are probably more TV's in households.
Obama's inauguration was shown on 17 or so TV stations... compared with three measly little stations back then. I was surprised when I read the article, and pleased.
Hat tip to RightReel on Twitter for RT on this one, made me smile just a bit to have a tiny glimmer of rightness in this currently gloomy world.
Obama Inaugural Ratings Fall Short of Reagan’s
Thursday, January 22, 2009 1:30 PMBy: Rick Pedraza
Although the number of viewers watching the presidential inauguration coverage of Barack Obama was impressive, they fall short of those who saw Ronald Reagan take the oath of office for his first term in 1981. According to Nielsen Media Research, 37.8 million television viewers tuned in Tuesday to watch the swearing-in ceremony, which was the largest inaugural audience in 28 years. Reagan's first inauguration in 1981 drew a whopping 41.8 million...
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