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Nearly 67 million viewers watch election coverage

Associated Press Modified: November 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm •  Published: November 7, 2012
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Networks didn't call the race for Obama until after 11 p.m., so limiting ratings to prime time is akin to measuring viewership for the first three-quarters of an exciting football game decided in the fourth quarter.

Expand the window out to between 7 p.m. and 12 a.m., and Fox News had 10.6 million viewers to CNN's 8.9 million, Nielsen said.

Open it even wider, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., and CNN has a narrow edge over Fox News: 8.8 million to 8.7 million. The later hours include Romney's concession speech and Obama's victory speech — events that, presumably, wouldn't appeal as much to the Republicans who make up the bulk of Fox News' audience.

Nielsen measured viewership on 13 networks, including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, Univision, Telemundo, CNBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Current TV and TV One.