ABC's coverage of Election Night tops ratings

New York, NY, USA Preliminary Nielsen Media Research estimates show that ABC News, with Charles Gibson leading a team that broadcast from New York's Times Square, won bragging rights with 13.1 million prime-time viewers.

That topped CNN's 12.3 million and NBC's 12 million. CNN essentially doubled its audience from the 2004 Election Night, reflecting how cable is increasingly the go-to choice for television news. NBC had 15.2 million viewers four years ago, when Tom Brokaw and the late Tim Russert led in the ratings.

Nielsen did not immediately have a full audience estimate for the countdown to Obama's win, which would also include viewers who watched returns on networks like CNBC and BET.



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