Nielsen overnight ratings showed Wednesday that 41 percent of Charlotte-area households tuned to the Obama inauguration this week, the sixth highest rating in the nation and far above that of Chicago in Obama's adopted state of Illinois.
Raleigh was No. 1 in household viewing nationally (51 percent), Greensboro No. 5 (42 percent) and Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., was No. 10 (36 percent).
this is why i hate statistics. the inauguration happened to be on a snow day and happened to be on nearly every channel. take everything you read with a grain of salt.