Official Nielsen Inauguration Estimates Show Biden's Up 11.2%, With A Caveat

Live coverage of Joe Biden's inauguration as President of the United States on Jan. 20 totaled 33.67 million viewers across the 17 TV networks covering it, an increase of 11.2% over the 30.37 million viewers who watched the last President's inauguration on Jan. 20. 2017.

Nielsen noted that this year's viewership estimates include both out-of-home and connected TV (CTV) audiences that were not factored in 2017, and which likely boosted estimates by as much as 11%.

Looking back over Nielsen's historical data for modern day televised inaugurations, Biden's ranks as the fourth most viewed, behind Ronald Reagan's first in 1981, Barack Obama's first in 2009, and Jimmy Carter's in 1977.

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