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Trump's Supreme Court unveiling draws 32 million viewers

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/1/2017
President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, to announce Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court. Gorsuch kisses his wife Louise. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) © The Associated Press President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, to announce Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court. Gorsuch kisses his wife Louise. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 32 million viewers watched President Donald Trump reveal his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

The sizeable prime-time audience may reflect how Trump handled Tuesday's announcement, using his skills honed as a reality TV host on "The Apprentice" to showcase Neil Gorsuch.

Unlike past such announcements, this one wasn't leaked earlier to reporters and was made in prime-time.

The audience edged that for President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address last year, 31.3 million. But it was dwarfed by the 56.5 million that saw Obama announce the killing of Osama bin Laden, among the decade's most-watched presidential speeches.

On Tuesday, CBS was the overall leader and among broadcast networks with 7.97 million viewers, followed by Fox News Channel with 7.56 million, according to Nielsen company figures.

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