In the latest sign of the intense interest in this election, Nielsen Media Research says preliminary estimates are that 71.4 million people watched election night coverage on TV.
That's the average audience between 8 and 11 p.m. EST, when Barack Obama was declared the 44th president.
And that figure is significantly higher than for the tighter contests the past two elections: 59.2 million viewers in 2004 and 61.6 million in 2000.
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