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Fox News absolutely crushed CNN and MSNBC in Inauguration Day ratings

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: President Donald Trump raises a fist after his inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Fox News channel absolutely crushed their two main competitors, MSNBC and CNN, in Inauguration Day ratings, more than tripling their combined total.

According to numbers from Nielsen Research, during President Donald Trump's swearing in and inauguration address — which took place from noon until approximately 12:30 p.m. EST — Fox News averaged 2.99 million viewers, compared to CNN's 521,000 and MSNBC's 315,000, The Hill reports. That means Fox's average number of viewers more than tripled the combined average of MNSBC and CNN.

In total, 11.76 million viewers tuned into Fox News during Trump's inauguration, compared to just 3.375 million who turned in CNN and 1.487 million who tuned into MSNBC.

According to The Hill, Friday was Fox's highest rated day since last year's Election Day, which also dominated other cable news outlets in ratings.

In total, Trump's inauguration was viewed by 30.6 million people across 12 different television networks. It was the third most viewed inauguration in history, falling short to former President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration and former President Ronald Reagan's first inauguration, which drew the most viewers in history — 41.8 million, according to TVNewser.

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