NewsMax is reporting that:
Although the number of viewers watching the presidential inauguration coverage of Barack Obama was impressive, they fall short of those who saw Ronald Reagan take the oath of office for his first term in 1981.
According to Nielsen Media Research, 37.8 million television viewers tuned in Tuesday to watch the swearing-in ceremony, which was the largest inaugural audience in 28 years. Reagan's first inauguration in 1981 drew a whopping 41.8 million.
Obama's figures include telecasts on 17 broadcast and cable networks, while Reagan's swearing-in ceremony nearly three decades ago could only be seen on ABC, CBS and NBC.