Over 4.5 Million Americans Turned to ABC News for Coverage of “Inauguration 2013″ — An Increase from Bush’s Second Inaugural in 2005

By David Ford

Jan 22, 2013 6:07pm

ABC News coverage of “Inauguration 2013″ was watched by 4.57 million viewers, 1.53 million Adults 25-54, and 1.21 million Adults 18-49. ABC increased its viewing audience in all measures compared to President George W. Bush’s second inaugural in 2005 (Total Viewers +13%, Adults 25-54 +16%, and Adults 18-49 +21%). From 9:30 a.m. – 4:33 p.m., ET, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchored special coverage of Barack Obama’s second Inauguration on the ABC Television Network from the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Coverage included all events from the swearing-in ceremony and Obama’s Inaugural Address to the Inaugural Procession, as well as reaction from around the nation. In addition, Sawyer and Stephanopoulos spoke with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, White House Senior Advisors Valerie Jarrett and David Plouffe as well as James Taylor and Stevie Wonder.  Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz spoke with outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta after the President’s Inaugural Address.

Sawyer and Stephanopoulos were joined by a team of ABC News anchors and correspondents that included: Jonathan Karl, Martha Raddatz David Muir, Bill Weir, Chris Cuomo, Josh Elliott, Deborah Roberts, Cecilia Vega, Reena Ninan, Terry Moran, Pierre Thomas, and David Kerley.  ABC’s Matthew Dowd, Cokie Roberts, George Will, Donna Brazile and Nicolle Wallace provided insights and analysis. Additional guests included Univision’s Lourdes Meluza, author of The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama and editor of The New Yorker David Remnick, historians Mark Updegrove and Lonnie Bunch, and Tim Gunn.

Marc Burstein is the senior executive producer of ABC News Special Events.

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