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Nielsen: 71 Million Watch Election Night

An average of more than 71 million people watched election coverage last night, Nielsen reports.

Live news coverage was carried on both broadcast and cable networks, including Spanish-language networks: ABC, CBS, FOX Broadcast, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, BBC America, BET, CNBC, CNN, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, and TV One.

ABC was the most watched network with 13.1 million viewers, and CNN was the top cabler with 12.3 million.

Print media thrived on Election Day, a rare break from a bleak landscape of declining circulation.

The Tribune Company sent out a memo:

“Every one of our newspapers increased their press runs last night, and virtually every one is printing additional copies today.  In Los Angeles, Chicago, and Newport News, people literally poured into the offices of the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, and Daily Press to buy a paper.  The Chicago Tribune will distribute an additional 200,000 copies, the Times an additional 100,000.

“The traffic at our newspaper websites is way up, too, with both the Tribune and LA Times sites experiencing record page views yesterday, and huge numbers again today.”

Copies of the New York Times sold out in Manhattan, and lines formed at the Times building from people wanting to get copies of the historic edition.

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