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Strong ratings for Obama speech

Obama speechUPDATED: Barack Obama's latest speech on the economy commandeered primetime, displacing shows from the 9 p.m. hour with a highly viewed address.

Obama's talk to a joint session of Congress drew a 52.4 million viewers across cable and broadcast networks. That's slightly more than Obama's first presidential press conference from a couple of weeks ago. 

Among original entertainment programming at 8 p.m. (which is mostly accurate) CBS' "NCIS" (17.9 million viewers, 3.7 preliminary adults 18-49 rating and 10 share) and NBC's "The Biggest Loser" (9.7 million, 3.5/10) maintained their strength, while ABC saw a spike for "Homeland Security" (6.2 million, 1.9/5).

At 9 p.m., CW aired the season finale of "Privileged" (1.6 million, 0.8/2).The soap was notably left off the network's list of renewals yesterday and for good reason: it's the lowest-rated drama on the network. The network likes the show, and so do critics, so there may be a chance of a renewal -- but only if the network is unhappy with its fall pilots. The CW doesn't program very many time periods and, all things being equal, would prefer to try something new.