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CNN Wins Michael Jackson Memorial Service Cable News Ratings Race

08/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

CNN drew the most viewers for Michael Jackson's memorial service Tuesday, averaging more than Fox News and MSNBC combined in both total viewers and the news demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research.

CNN averaged 5.300 million total viewers from 1-4PM Tuesday, while Fox News averaged 2.230 million and MSNBC' averaged 1.393 million. Sister network HLN came in second with 377,000 total viewers.

In the A25-54 demo, CNN averaged 2.258 million total viewers to Fox News' 673,000 and MSNBC's 550,000. HLN averaged 190,000 A25-54 viewers for second place in the demo, as well.

In primetime Tuesday night, Fox News edged out CNN in total viewers — 2.437 million to 2.283 million — but CNN won in the news demo, averaging 927,000 A25-54 viewers to Fox News' 683,000.

MSNBC averaged 1.013 million total viewers and 353,000 A25-54 viewers, while HLN averaged 754,000 total viewers and 355,000 A25-54 viewers.

CNN.com also had an impressive day, recording its second largest live video streaming day in history (behind Obama's Inauguration Day). CNN.com streamed 10.5 million live streams Tuesday, and 4.4 million live video streams during the hours of the memorial (1-4PM ET).

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