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FOX News Channel Beats MSNBC And CNN Combined During Obama Address

FOX News Channel was #1 during President Obama's address from the Oval Office last night, according to Nielsen Media Research. FNC beat CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewers during primetime and during the highly anticipated speech. All ratings must be attributed to Nielsen Media Research.

PRIMETIME (8:00-11:00 PM/ET)
FNC: 2,545,000 in total viewers (569,000 in 25-54)
CNN: 1,043,000 in total viewers (358,000 in 25-54)
MSNBC: 797,000 in total viewers (239,000 in 25-54)

PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS (approx. 8:01-8:18 PM/ET)
FNC: 2,880,000 in total viewers (656,000 in 25-54)
CNN: 1,234,000 in total viewers (433,000 in 25-54)
MSNBC: 1,144,000 in total viewers (230,000 in 25-54)

FOX News Channel beat CNN and MSNBC combined in total viewers during the primetime hours and President Obama's address.

NOTE: FOX News Channel's analysis of the President's address averaged 3,395,000 viewers with 877,000 in Adults 25-54.

(source: Nielsen Media Research)