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The President gets top TV ratings for speech, but NBA and murder come in close second.

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President Obama gives a speech about the BP oil spill from the Oval Office, Tuesday, June 15, 2010.

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Photo credit: President Barack Obama is photographed after delivering a televised address from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday June 15, 2010. President Obama said the nation will continue to fight the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for "as long as it takes." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Barack Obama was king of the television ratings hill Tuesday night for the 20 minutes he was on, but when he was done, most of America turned back to what really matters, professional sports and murder mysteries.

FOXNews dominated the cable news ratings last night as President Barack Obama delivered his oil spill speech from the Oval Office of the White House, and for the following two-and-a-half hours of analysis and "analization."

The Nielson Co. said Wednesday, that 32.1 million people watched President Obama's BP oil spill speech, and that 11 separate networks carried the speech live, including The Weather Channel. ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, along with the cable news networks and the Spanish-language networks Univision and Telemundo.

Immediately following the President's speech with the post-speech political analysis, TVbytheNumbers.com, reports that The O’Reilly Factor had 3,642,000 viewers, with 869,000 in the 25-54 age bracket, and 1,619,000 in the slightly older 35-64 age bracket.

MSNBC's panel with Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, and MSNBC Contributor from Newsweek magazine, Howard Fineman came in a distant third with just over a million viewers.

Sean Hannity dominated the 9 p.m. post speech slot with almost 2.5 million viewers. Larry King Live on CNN edged out the Rachel Maddow Show for second, with King getting 965,000 viewers and Maddow getting 865,000.

The good news though, is that there must still be hope for America and Americans, as we struggle for a way to put this whole Gulf oil spill thing behind us, and fast. For while millions may have watched the President's somber speech, hoping for leadership, hoping for answers, right after he was done, tens of millions of viewers switched off the analysts, and turned to NCIS repeats and the pre-game show of Game 6 of the NBA Finals championship series between the Lakers and the Celtics. Nothing like murder and sports to get your mind off the dying people, birds, fish and jobs; nothing like sports and graphic murder victims to help us move on.

Photo credit: President Barack Obama is photographed after delivering a televised address from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday June 15, 2010. President Obama said the nation will continue to fight the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for "as long as it takes." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Sources:TVbytheNumbers.com, WSBTV.com, Associated Press

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