55.05 mln watched Presidential elections, 89.8 – Super Bowl

Presidential election night coverage among the six major national news outlets – ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC – totaled a 34.5 rating and averaged 55.051 mln viewers between 8 and 11 pm, according to estimates released late Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. That places the aggregate delivery of the election coverage below CBS’ coverage of Super Bowl XXXVIII, which generated a 41.4 rating and 89.8 mln viewers, the highest-rated event carried by a single network this year.