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Michael Jackson memorial propels to 81 million page views

July 7, 2009 |  5:32 pm

The Michael Jackson memorial earlier today already looks like it gathered big, if not exactly record-breaking, crowds.

CNN reports that its website generated 81 million page views with 11.8 million unique visitors from midnight to 5 p.m. Eastern time, according to Omniture. That is well above's daily average of roughly 35 million page views. In addition, a total of 9.7 million live video streams were logged, with a peak usage of 781,000 concurrent live streams.

However, those numbers pale beside the figures for Election Day last November and President Obama's inauguration. CNN hit a record of 1.3 million concurrent live streams on Inauguration Day, with a total for the entire day of nearly 27 million. And on Election Day, recorded 276 million page views.

Television ratings will start rolling in Wednesday morning. Stay tuned to Show Tracker for further updates.

-- Scott Collins