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January 22, 2009

Interesting Factoid - Reagan's Inauguration Had More TV Viewers

According to The Hollywood Reporter's James Hibberd, Ronald Reagan's Inauguration - in 1981 - had more TV viewers than the just concluded Inauguration of President Barack Obama (Obama's inauguration most-watched since Reagan's).

Reagan had 41.8 million TV viewers, whereas Obama had 37.8 million.

But that's not even as impressive as it sounds for Obama, especially when you consider that:

Obama's total includes telecasts on 17 broadcast and cable networks and measures the number of viewers who watched from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The swearing-in ceremony itself spiked viewership considerably just after noon.

What Hibberd should have gone on to say was that in comparison, Reagan's Inauguration was seen on only three networks over a much shorter period of time. But that wouldn't fit in with the narrative...

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