Obama’s inauguration most-watched since ’81

Barack Obama's inauguration was one for the TV ratings history books.

Nielsen Media Research said 37.8 million viewers watched Tuesday's coverage of Obama's inauguration -- the most in recent decades.

Obama's audience is bigger than any presidential inauguration in 28 years. It's 27% higher than Bill Clinton's audience in 1993 and 30% larger than George Bush's in 2001. Ronald Reagan's first inauguration in 1981 drew a larger tally, however, with 41.8 million.

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