MEDIA
05/02/2011 03:37 pm ET Updated Jul 02, 2011

Osama Bin Laden Dead: CNN Dominates Coverage Ratings

CNN dominated the Sunday night coverage of the death of Osama bin Laden, beating Fox News and MSNBC handily in the ratings.

CNN averaged 4.142 million total viewers throughout the night, with 2.101 million of those in the all-important A25-54 category. Fox News trailed far behind, with 2.845 million total viewers and 1.267 in the demo. MSNBC lagged behind, with 1.584 million total viewers and 800,000 in the demo.

At its peak, 9.5 million people were tuned into CNN--a respectable rating for a primetime broadcast show, let alone a cable news network at 11:30 on a Sunday night. Fox News also saw its highest ratings on a Sunday night since the Iraq War in 2003. At its peak, 5.1 million viewers were tuned in.