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Fox News wins cable race with State of the Union coverage and analysis

President Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday evidently fired up the opposition on Fox News.

An average of 5 million total viewers watched the address on Fox, handily beating the 3 million for CNN and 2.5 million for MSNBC, according to the Nielsen Co.

Fox did even better with its post-speech analysis, which scored 5.4 million viewers and was largely critical of Obama. "The president didn't really offer much," Fox anchor Brit Hume said.

The broadcast networks were on a "sustaining" basis -- that is, not commercially supported -- and therefore did not have their ratings officially measured. However, Nielsen will report an aggregate viewing figure for the address later Wednesday.

-Scott Collins (@scottcollinsLAT)

Photo: President Obama delivers his State of the Union speech Tuesday. Credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

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I doubt anyone at Fox would ever care what anyone else says except the Tea party and are they mistaken...if that weird senator from Minnesota, a Sarah Palin wannabe, had a chance to debate the issues intelligently, they would be the losers, again.

It's sad how propaganda is so effective.

It is no surprise that Fox News beat out MSNBC. I turned to MSNBC for 30 seconds and was disgusted by the things I heard. Fox News offered different opinions and a fair debate, with several left of center pundits, although almost all were not satisfied by the speech. MSNBC had Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz, both as far-left as possible, bashing Republicans and name calling.


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