NEW YORK (AP) – Television viewers gave Tom Brokaw a going-away present, making NBC their network of choice for election-night coverage.

Brokaw, who is stepping down as “Nightly News” anchor on Dec. 1, was watched by 15.2 million viewers during prime-time Tuesday, according to Nielsen Media Research. Brokaw and analyst Tim Russert worked through the night on election coverage.

More than 55 million people followed the returns on English-language television, and an additional 41 million people followed Spanish-language returns on Univision, Telemundo and Telefutura, Nielsen said Wednesday.

ABC’s coverage was seen by 13.2 million viewers, CBS’ coverage by 9.5 million and Fox’s by 4.7 million, Nielsen said.

Among cable news networks, 8.1 million people watched Fox News Channel, 6.2 million saw CNN and 2.8 million viewers tuned in to MSNBC.


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