Sunday's Bin Laden announcement aired after primetime in 80% of country

Despite airing after primetime Sunday in about 80 percent of the country, President Obama’s 9-minute address to the country announcing the capture and death of Osama bin Laden drew about 56.5 million viewers, Nielsen said Tuesday.

Broadcasters ABC, CBS, NBC, Telemundo and Univision joined cable news outlets CNN, Fox News, HLN and MSNBC in carrying the hastily scheduled address (11:35-11:44 p.m. ET), in which Obama revealed that U.S. military forces had killed bin Laden in a targeted attack in Pakistan.

Individual breakdowns for the broadcast networks weren’t immediately available, but CNN led all cablers with nearly 10 million viewers.

Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more