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Obama's speech on Osama bin Laden outdraws Royal Wedding, recent policy addresses

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President Obama’s speech Sunday night announcing the death of Osama bin Laden drew twice as many viewers as last week’s Royal Wedding and outpaced his recent policy addresses.

Despite being hastily scheduled and a late hour on the East Coast, the President’s telecast was watched by 56.5 million viewers.

That’s more than Obama’s recent scheduled and promoted primetime addresses, such as March 28’s speech on Libya (25.6 million) and his August speech on Iraq (29.2 million), as well as more than doubling the audience of the supremely hyped, though early a.m., Royal Wedding (22.8 million). The networks carrying the address included ABC, CBS, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, CNN, Fox News Channel, HLN and MSNBC.

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