CNN Tops Competitors With Osama bin Laden News Coverage

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The cable news network dominated Fox News Channel and MSNBC in the ratings

CNN’s coverage of Osama bin Laden's death dominated the competition Sunday night.

From 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET, CNN was up drastically, delivering 4.14 million total viewers with 2.1 million  in the key adults 25-54 demographic, according to Nielsen fast national data.

At 11:30 p.m., CNN peaked with 9.53 million and 4.77 million in 25-54.

CNN was easily the top-rated cable network in both categories and marked its best performance in the 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. period since Election Night in 2008, when it averaged 8.99 million and 4.6 million in the 25-54 demo.

During the 11 p.m. hour, when President Obama addressed the nation and announced bin Laden’s death, an average of 7.76 million (3.9 million in the 25-54 demo) tuned in to CNN, growing exponentially from the 10 p.m. hour (2.33 million) leading up to the president’s announcement.

Fox News Channel placed second, averaging 2.85 million viewers and 1.27 million in the demo. MSNBC followed with 1.58 million viewers and 800,000 in the demo during the five-hour period.

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