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Election night draws 71.4 million viewers, just shy of ratings record

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Some 71.4 million Americans were glued to their TVs during prime-time coverage of the presidential election that saw Donald Trump emerge victorious Tuesday night.

According to the Nielsen company (via the Associated Press), estimated viewership came up just short of the record 71.5 million people who watched Barack Obama win his first term in the 2008 election. (66.8 million people tuned in during the 2012 election.)

This year, CNN was the most-watched network during prime-time hours (8 p.m.-11 p.m. ET), with 13.26 million viewers.

Fox News Channel came in second with 12.11 million viewers, and NBC led broadcast networks with 11.15 million viewers. ABC had 9.24 million, CBS had 8.09 million, MSNBC had 5.95 million, and Fox broadcasting had 4.2 million.