Biden Beats Trump Some More!
Nearly 40 million viewers tuned in as President Joe Biden took the oath of office Wednesday, some 1.5 million more viewers than former President Donald Trump’s 2017 swearing-in ceremony, with CNN getting the most viewers out of all the networks – broadcast and cable – covering the event.
It was a record-breaking day for some of the networks. CNN saw its most-watched inauguration coverage in the network’s history, while MSNBC posted its highest-rated dayside hours ever. For the first time, ABC News’ special daytime coverage of the inauguration was the most-watched among broadcast networks.
From 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., during Biden’s swearing in and Inaugural Address, a total of 39.87 million viewers tuned in, topping the 38.35 million total viewers who watched Trump take the oath of office in 2017 (although neither Biden nor Trump came close to the 51.07 million who watched former President Barack Obama’s first swearing-in ceremony in 2009).