President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address on January 20, 2017. The inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20 drew a record-breaking audience to Twitter's live-streaming coverage. Twitter announced today that over 6.82 million unique viewers watched its live feed of the event, slightly surpassing the 6.8 million viewers who watched Twitter's live feed on Election Night last November. For Trump's inauguration, Twitter live streamed six hours of coverage from the PBS NewsHour, anchored by Judy Woodruff. The Twitter audience peaked at 377,000 viewers at 12:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, during Trump's inaugural address.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer held his first official news briefing on Monday, taking questions from reporters for over an hour. The press conference was a departure from last Saturday, when Spicer refused to take questions from the podium while delivering a statement that included false claims about Inauguration Day. PBS Newshour correspondent Lisa Desjardins and politics editor Dan Bush went on Facebook Live following the briefing to put Spicer's remarks in context. Here are a few takeaways from Spicer's first full back-and-forth with the press. Spicer did not repeat his claim from Saturday that the white platforms covering sections of the National Mall on Inauguration Day were not used at previous inaugurations.
Donald Trump rose to global fame thanks to his reality TV career. Now as president of the United States, he remains fixated on the small screen. President Trump on Sunday morning touted the Nielsen ratings for live TV coverage of his Jan. 20 inauguration. He did so right after tweeting critically about the demonstrators who poured into cities worldwide on Saturday to challenge Trump's agenda and his misogynistic, xenophobic and anti-science remarks. SEE ALSO: Here's why you'll be seeing pink'pussyhats' during the Women's March on Washington Trump said he watched the Women's Marches on Saturday, but he questioned why the demonstrators didn't bother to vote last November.
Television views for the swearing-in ceremony of Donald Trump turned out to be 30.6 million viewers across 12 networks, marketing firm Nielsen estimated, a number that is less than former President Barack Obama's first inauguration in 2009. The ratings come as the 45th president of the United States hit back at media reports that claimed the crowd at the inauguration Friday was less than that at Obama's. According to Nielsen, inauguration ratings were the second-highest in three decades but fell short of Obama's record-setting 37.8 million viewers at his 2009 inauguration and also Ronald Reagan's 41.8 million viewers in 1981. However, Trump's inauguration might have been seen by more viewers than either Obama or Reagan as Nielsen ratings do not account for online viewing. On Saturday, Trump slammed what he called the "dishonest" media for sharing "false" photos of the size of the crowd at his inauguration.
The TV ratings for President Donald Trump's inauguration were good, but probably not as good as the new leader of the free world would like. An estimated 31 million people watched the event in the U.S., according to Nielsen, the firm known for tracking television ratings. That trailed the first inauguration for former President Barack Obama. A whopping 37 million people watched his 2009 event. A president's first inauguration typically draws more viewers, since the event is welcoming a new president.