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It wasn't like a spectacular car chase, or that evolution of dance video, or what's been called the greatest moment in sporting history (except if you were rooting for the USSR), but it wasn't supposed to be entertaining.
How does this compare to other presidential news conferences? It wasn't a record breaker.
President Clinton had 64.3 million people watch his first press conference in 1993. And 64.8 million tuned for President George W. Bush's prime time address following the 9/11 attacks in October 2001.
Variety notes that "today's audience is much more splintered, with the average home receiving 118 channels today, according to Nielsen. By comparison, the average viewer in 1993 had just 40 channels to choose from, while that number rose to 61 channels in 2000."
Who won the battle of the networks? Among cable outlets, Fox News racked up the biggest numbers with 4.3 million people, CNN had 3.2 million, and MSNBC had 2.1 million.
Among the networks, ABC was the winner with 11.49 million viewers, followed by CBS (10.3 million), NBC (9.75 million), and Fox (5.9 million).
These numbers do not include people who watched the address on the Internet.