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01/22/2013 05:12 pm ET Updated Jan 22, 2013

CNN Wins Inauguration Ratings For Cable News; Fox News Comes In Last

AP

CNN was the top-rated cable news network during President Obama's inauguration on Monday.

The network came in first place during the oath and inaugural address (11:45am -12:15pm) among total viewers, drawing 3.136 million viewers in all. MSNBC came in second with 2.273 million total viewers, while Fox News had 1.316 million total viewers.

CNN topped Fox News and MSNBC in the demo during that block, with 1.107 million adults ages 25-54. It also led the cable news networks during primetime (3.573 million total viewers vs. Fox News' 1.666 million total viewers and MSNBC's 1.365 million total viewers) and in total day (1.923 million total viewers vs. Fox News' 1.104 million total viewers and MSNBC's 1.095 million total viewers).

Overall, however, all three networks saw huge drops in viewership from the 2009 inauguration, as noted by The New York Times. Fox News was down the most, with a 75% drop-off from 5.291 million total viewers for the oath and the speech in 2009. CNN was down 61%, compared to 8.119 million total viewers. MSNBC saw a drop-off of 25%.

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