President Obama's 9 minute speech on Osama bin Laden's death on CNN led all cable viewing for the week averaging over 9.9 million viewers. CNN's coverage from 11p-11:51p (before and after the speech) averaged 7.44 million. In normal programming,edged out ESPN's coverage of the NFL draft (though combined with NFL Network's coverage, the draft had more viewers).
Top 25 Basic cable shows for the week ending May 1, 2011:
|1||PRES SPEECH B LADEN DEAD||CNN||Sun||11:35P-11:44P||9,905|
|2||BN/BIN LADEN DEAD||CNN||Sun||11:00P-11:51P||7,440|
|5||NFL DRAFT L||ESPN||Thu||08:00P-11:49P||6,003|
|7||BN/BIN LADEN DEAD||CNN||Sun||12:00A-01:00A||5,306|
|9||SR/OBAMA -BIN LADEN DEATH||FOXN||Sun||11:35P-11:45P||5,193|
|11||LAW & ORDER: CI (ORIG)||USA||Sun||09:00P-10:00P||5,102|
|12||SR/BIN LADEN DEATH CVG||FOXN||Sun||11:45P-12:00A||4,775|
|13||SR/BIN LADEN DEATH CVG||FOXN||Sun||11:00P-11:35P||4,651|
|22||IN PLAIN SIGHT||USA||Sun||10:00P-11:00P||3,867|
|25||LAW & ORDER:||USA||Sun||08:00P-09:00P||3,731|
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