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More than 56 Million in U.S. Watch President Obama’s Speech on Death of Bin Laden
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More than 56 Million in U.S. Watch President Obama’s Speech on Death of Bin Laden

On Sunday, May 1, 2011, President Obama announced that U.S. military forces killed Osama bin Laden in a targeted attack. The address was carried live from approximately 11:35 PM- 11:44 PM ET on 9 networks. The sum of the average audience for those networks was 56,512,179 viewers, with a combined household rating of 33.9. The networks carrying the address included ABC, CBS, NBC, TEL, UNI, CNN, FOXNC, HLN and MSNBC.

U.S. Viewership of President Obama’s Address on Death of Osama Bin Laden
Networks # of Networks Combined Household Rating Combined Household Share Number of Households Number of Persons
ABC, CBS, NBC, TEL, UNI, CNN, FOXNC, HLN and MSNBC 9 33.9 57 39,242,395 56,512,179
Source: The Nielsen Company

*All viewing is based on Live+Same day data for closest Quarter Hour (11:30PM-11:45PM)

U.S. Viewership for Previous Speeches from President Obama
Subject # of Networks Combined Household Rating Combined Household Share Number of Households Number of Persons
Address on Libya (3/28/11) 8 16.9 30 19,543,951 25,636,310
Address on Iraq (8/31/10) 11 18.8 36 21,818,342 29,232,689
Speech on Afghanistan (12/1/09) 10 25.9 44 29,806,000 40,767,134
Source: The Nielsen Company