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Obama vs. Triple H

January 28, 2009 - Per Peterson
I don’t know what to make of this: Last week’s Nielsens ratings came out today, and the inaugural oath and speech of President Obama on Tuesday came in at No. 1, with 8.6 million viewers (CNN). It was seen in 5.7 million homes. The ratings broke down the timeframe of the inauguration from 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, to noon Tuesday (7.79 viewers), to 11 a.m. Tuesday (6.73) viewers. Obama’s inaugural address (Fox News Channel) came in at No. 4 with 5.57 million viewers, and “Inauguration 2009” on Fox News Channel came in fifth with 5.29 million viewers. So the top five spots in the Nielsens all involved the Obama inauguration. No surprise there. That was CNN’s moment in the sun. Here’s where it gets weird: Coming in at No. 6? “WWE Raw” on Monday night on USA. Nos. 7-9 all involved Obama coverage on CNN. No. 10 was USA’s “Burn Notice,” then we go back to the inauguration (tied for 10th with “Burn Notice,” then “Anderson Cooper 360” on CNN at 12 and more Obama coverage after that at No. 13. No. 14? “WWE Raw” again at 9 p.m. EST. So, what can we take from this? Well, for starters, the historical significance of the inauguration of our first black president wasn’t lost on Americans. Homes and schools across the country were all tuned in Tuesday to catch the moment and soak in as much coverage of the event as possible. I guess it’s a good thing Obama was inaugurated on Tuesday instead of Monday, because Mondays, it seems, are wrestling days across America. We love our politics and we love our wrestling. Now, if they can find a way to get Obama to throw on a singlet and get in the squared circle with Mr. McMahon or Triple H, we can really make some history. I wonder if CNN would cover it. I know Fox would.


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