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Millions more viewers tuned in for Little Ricky’s birth on “I Love Lucy” than whose inauguration the next day?
Dwight D. Eisenhower
On January 19, 1953, 44 million viewers tuned in to watch Lucy and Ricky welcome Little Ricky into the world on the TV show I Love Lucy. This was the equivalent to 72 percent of American households. The episode beat the viewing figures of Eisenhower’s presidential inauguration the next day, which attracted only 29 million viewers. By pure coincidence, Lucille Ball gave birth to her and Desi’ Arnaz's real-life son, Desi Junior, in Los Angeles on the same exact night that her character Lucy Ricardo was giving birth to Little Ricky on the show.
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