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Obama's Second Inauguration Draws 20.6 Million Viewers

The White House(NEW YORK) -- Monday's presidential inauguration wasn't the ratings draw that President Obama's first swearing-in ceremony, in 2009, was.

The Nielsen Company says an estimated 20.6 million people watched Obama's inauguration, held in Washington, D.C.  It's a steep decline from the audience for the 2009 inauguration: 37.8 million.

Eighteen networks offered live coverage of the inauguration at some point between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.

For the week ending Sunday, the NFL playoffs ruled the ratings.  CBS' telecast of the AFC Championship Game between the victorious Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots attracted 47.7 million viewers.

Fox's coverage of the NFC Championship Game, in which the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons, was seen by 42 million people on Sunday afternoon.

CBS won the primetime network ratings race for the week, followed by Fox, ABC, Univision, NBC, the CW, Telemundo and ION Television.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of January 14-20, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. AFC Championship: Baltimore vs. New England, CBS, 47.71 million
2. AFC Championship Post-Game, CBS, 25.95 million
3. NCIS, CBS, 22.86 million
4. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 17.93 million
5. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 17.64 million
6. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 16.23 million
7. Hawaii Five-0 (Sunday), CBS, 13.03 million
8. Criminal Minds, CBS, 12.64 million
9. 2 Broke Girls, CBS, 12.45 million
10. The Big Bang Theory (Monday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 11.7 million

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Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and More Perform at Inauguration Balls

Michael Kovac/WireImage(WASHINGTON) -- Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and several other artists capped off Inauguration Day for President Obama Monday night with performances at the two official balls at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

At the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, Keys revised the lyrics to her hit "Girl on Fire" to honor the president.

She sang, "He's the president and he's on fire...Obama's on fire.  Obama's on fire."

Hudson performed the Al Green classic "Let's Stay Together" as the president and first lady Michelle Obama danced.

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill danced to Jamie Foxx's rendition of Ray Charles' "I Can’t Stop Loving You."

At the Inaugural Ball, staunch Obama supporter Stevie Wonder entertained the crowd with his hits "Sir Duke" and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours."  Fun. performed “Some Nights” and “We Are Young.”

This was the scheduled lineup for the two official balls:

Commander-in-Chief’s Ball
Alicia Keys
Brad Paisley
Jamie Foxx
Jennifer Hudson
Marc Anthony

Inaugural Ball (Halls A, B & C)
Alicia Keys
Brad Paisley
Glee cast
John Legend
Stevie Wonder

Inaugural Ball (Halls D & E)
Alicia Keys
Far East Movement
Glee cast
Katy Perry
Smokey Robinson

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