TV viewers had a message for President Obama and his second inauguration: Been there, seen that.
Ratings on the three cable news networks Monday plunged compared with four years ago, when Obama was swept into office on a message of hope and change.
A combined total of 6.7 million viewers watched CNN, Fox News and MSNBC during the half-hour starting at 8:45 a.m. Los Angeles time, when a reelected Obama took the oath of office and gave his address.
That was a 61% drop compared with the same period in 2009.
But reelected presidents — much like "Dancing With the Stars" winners — always get fewer people to come out for their second go-round. When George W. Bush was sworn in again in 2005, his TV ratings fell 46% compared with his first inauguration.