Web, Cable Topple Networks' Election Ratings

Big three see ratings fall 16% from 2004 election
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Nov 5, 2008 3:26 PM CST
Barack Obama's victory speech drew nearly 10 million global visitors to video streaming sites Akamai and Ustream.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – After proving itself indispensable in this year’s campaign, the internet won again on election night, Liz Gannes writes on NewTeeVee. Web users marked record traffic on several sites, while TV’s big three networks lost 16% off 2004 ratings, with cable and internet picking up the slack. During Barack Obama’s acceptance speech, video streaming sites recorded millions of global visitors; CNN.com and ABCNews.com set site records.