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UPDATED Obama Inaugural Events Viewed By 30.1% In Top Markets
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UPDATED Obama Inaugural Events Viewed By 30.1% In Top Markets

Updated 01/27: The updated %figures and chart reflect updated data relative to select West Coast markets.

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The combined overall household rating for the inauguration of President Barack Obama in the top 56 local television markets where Nielsen maintains TV meters was 30.1%.

The Raleigh-Durham market had the largest TV audience with more than 51% of households tuned in to the day’s events.

Rank by HH Rating Market Name Market Rank

by Number of TV Households

Household Rating

% of TV households

in market tuned in

1 Raleigh-Durham (Fayetvlle) 27 51.2
2 Washington, DC (Hagrstwn) 9 47.7
3 Norfolk-Portsmth-Newpt Nws 43 46.7
4 Baltimore 26 44.3
5 Greensboro-H.Point-W.Salem 46 42.3
6 Charlotte 24 40.8
7 West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce 38 39.6
8 Memphis 48 39.4
9 Richmond-Petersburg 58 37.2
10 Greenvll-Spart-Ashevll-And 36 35.9
11 Birmingham (Ann and Tusc) 40 35.7
12 Miami-Ft. Lauderdale 16 35.5
13 Knoxville 59 35.3
14 Ft. Myers-Naples 62 33.8
15 Las Vegas 42 33.4
16 Kansas City 31 32.9
17 Philadelphia 4 32.5
18 Nashville 29 31.6
19 Columbus, OH 32 31.3
19 New Orleans 53 31.3
21 Buffalo 51 31.0
22 Detroit 11 30.8
22 Pittsburgh 23 30.8
24 Providence-New Bedford 52 30.0
25 Dayton 64 29.9
25 Indianapolis 25 29.9
25 New York 1 29.9
28 Louisville 50 29.7
29 Atlanta 8 29.3
29 Hartford & New Haven 30 29.3
31 Oklahoma City 45 29.2
32 San Antonio 37 28.9
33 Cincinnati 34 28.6
33 Jacksonville 47 28.6
35 Albuquerque-Santa Fe 44 28.5
36 Orlando-Daytona Bch-Melbrn 19 28.3
37 San Diego 28 28.2
38 Tampa-St. Pete (Sarasota) 13 28.0
39 St. Louis 21 27.9
40 Chicago 3 27.8
41 Cleveland-Akron (Canton) 17 27.2
42 Houston 10 26.9
43 Los Angeles 2 26.6
44 Portland, OR 22 25.9
44 Sacramnto-Stkton-Modesto 20 25.9
44 San Francisco-Oak-San Jose 6 25.9
47 Tulsa 61 25.8
48 Milwaukee 35 25.7
49 Boston (Manchester) 7 25.4
49 Seattle-Tacoma 14 25.4
51 Austin 49 25.1
52 Dallas-Ft. Worth 5 24.6
53 Salt Lake City 33 23.7
54 Minneapolis-St. Paul 15 23.6
55 Phoenix (Prescott) 12 22.4
56 Denver 18 21.8
©2009 The Nielsen Company

See previous ratings for presidential elections here.