The television numbers are in from the inauguration of Donald Trump, and they’re massive!
Nearly 31 million viewers watched live U.S. television coverage of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, far fewer than tuned in to Barack Obama’s first swearing-in, but otherwise the biggest such audience since Ronald Reagan entered office, ratings firm Nielsen reported on Saturday.
The tally for Trump – 30.6 million viewers on 12 broadcast and cable networks that aired live coverage from about 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST – surpassed the TV audiences measured for his two most recent Republican predecessors – both inaugurations of George W. Bush and the one of his father, George H.W. Bush.
Trump was only beat by Obama’s and Reagan’s first inaugurals:
Only Reagan drew a bigger U.S. TV inauguration audience, with nearly 42 million viewers tuning in to see the California Republican sworn in for his first term in 1981. Just 25 million watched Reagan take his second oath of office four years later.
Trump’s total was 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, Nielsen said.
I’m sure it irks Hillary to know that Trump beat BOTH of her husband’s inaugurations.
President Trump was pretty happy with the results!
Of course the media is already trying to paint this as disappointing because more people watched the first Obama inaugural. But it was during the middle of a day on a Friday, I’m sure most Trump supporters were working at their jobs!
Trump’s big number is a good sign, it is proof that millions of Americans are willing to listen to what he has to say. We may be more divided now than we have been in a while, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t all love this country and want it to prosper!
Regardless of what you think about President Trump, you should want him to succeed!