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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