Presidential election draws historic ratings

What were you doing Tuesday night? Watching television coverage of the 2008 presidential election, of course. And you weren't alone--far from it. Tuesday's election coverage was watched by an estimated 71.5 million viewers, easily beating the heated 2000 and 2004 elections.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC set the pace with an average of 13.1 million viewers, with CNN representing cable and taking second (a network-record 12.3 million), NBC in third (12 million), Fox News in fourth (9 million), and CBS in fifth (7.8 million).

The combined 71.5 million audience is the highest since February's Super Bowl, which was watched by an eye-popping 97.5 million. Maybe the election needed better commercials.

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Thats alot ov viewers
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I flipped through several channels to view all the different coverage (after I came home from voting OBAMA!) and I was so happy that he won. I fell asleep during his acceptance speech though.
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I watched CNN's election coverage. I would switch between that and House repeats on USA.
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Other than CNN, I didn't watch any of these. I mainly surfed between Comedy Central (who got 3.1 million viewers, btw, which makes it the most-viewed election special in the network's history), CNN, and MSNBC (who got about 5.9 million viewers).
Comedy Central's coverage was hilarious! They deserve the great (for them) ratings.

BTW, what was up with CNN's new hologram technology? It seemed to me that they would have had better results just putting guests on an HD screen like usual.
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wow, well, since the election coverage was the only thing on... I watched NBC coverage.
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That's a lot of viewing.
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I can see Sarah Palin getting a job on SNL lol.
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Well I voted for RICHARD MILLHOUSE NIXON lol He is the one
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fascinating article, tim!
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