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Tuesday February 10, 2009 10:42 pm

Monday Ratings: Obama Rules Over Primetime

As depressing as economy talk might be, President Obama had people listening. Last night’s news conference raked in approximately 49.5 million over eight networks. While it was clearly the biggest event of the evening, the presidential presser paled in comparison to Bill Clinton’s first newser in February 1993. (That primetime event drew in 64.3 million.) Although its news coverage came in second, CBS ended up winning the night in both categories.

President Barack Obama8pm

  • ‘s coverage of the Obama presser (3.1/8 in 18-49) pulled in 11.49 million.
  • Approximately 9.78 million watched the conference on (3.0/8).
  • had 9.75 million (3.1/8) listening about the economy.
  • attracted 5.9 million (2.2/6) for the newser.
  • * (1.7 million, 0.8/2) was down 600,000.

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9pm

  • (15 million, 4.8/11 in 18-49) gave up 1.6 million; (12.7 million, 4.5/10) benefitted greatly from its lead-in.
  • (11.6 million, 4.2/10) hit another season high.
  • (10.6 million, 3.4/8) lost 700,000.
  • (7.9 million, 3.6/8) fell by 700,000.
  • * (1.4 million, 0.7/2) slipped by 1.3 million.

10pm

  • * (13.8 million, 4.0/10 in 18-49) shaved off 2.3 million.
  • (7.9 million, 2.6/7) turned away 700,000.

*denotes repeat

(You can review last Monday’s ratings here.)

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