President Trump's inauguration Friday drew nearly 31 million TV viewers, a number that puts his ratings behind Ronald Reagan's first swearing-in, Barack Obama's first, Richard Nixon's second, and Jimmy Carter's first and only.*
Trump's tally of 30.6 million puts his ratings ahead of both the of the inaugurations both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Trump early Sunday tweeted out boast about his numbers, cherry-picking a comparison to Obama's second inauguration, which was seen by only 20.5 million viewers.
Wow, television ratings just out: 31 million people watched the Inauguration, 11 million more than the very good ratings from 4 years ago!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2017
Obama's first inauguration was viewed by 38 million. That was second to Reagan's first inauguration, which was watched by 42 million people. The third highest was the second inauguration of Nixon, was watched by nearly 33 million.
*CORRECTION: This story originally said Trump's viewership was the fourth highest since Nixon. It was the fifth.