President Obama's Osama Bin Laden Speech Draws 56.5 Million Viewers

That's reportedly the biggest tune-in for any speech the president has given since taking office in January 2009.
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President Obama's announcement that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden was watched by 56.5 million U.S. viewers Sunday night, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Obama's nine-minute speech was watched by more people than every other speech he has given since taking office in January 2009, the New York Times reported. For example, Obama's March 28 speech on Libya averaged 26 million viewers.

Word came early Sunday night that Obama would be addressing the nation at 10:30 p.m. ET. Obama didn't come on the air until 11:35 p.m. ET, but by that time the news of bin Laden's death had already been reported by various networks, which pre-empted regular programming to cover the news.

Nielsen compiled its 56.5 million figure based on the nine networks that carried the speech live: ABC, CBS, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, CNN, Fox News Channel, HLN and MSNBC.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.