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Monday TV's Big Draw: President Obama's first prime-time press conference, which was watched, on average, by a combined 41.4 million on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and Univision from 8-9 p.m (ET), Nielsen estimates showed.

Presidential Scorecard: Obama easily bested an early George W. Bush address on stem-cell research (31.6 million on six networks in 2001), per Nielsen stats. But he couldn't touch an early Bill Clinton speech on the economy (64.3 million on four networks in 1993).

Economic Un-Stimulus: The Obama speech threw time slots out of whack, so right now most shows, including Two and a Half Men (night-best 14.9 million), are looking down from last week. Maybe the final numbers will save Heroes (7.9 million), 24 (10.5 million), and a Sean Combs-boasting CSI: Miami (13.7 million—down more than 2 million). Or maybe they won't. 

Etc.: As it stands now, NBC scored more viewers for Obama (9.8 million) than it did for either Heroes or Medium (7.9 million). Obama also delivered ABC a bigger audience (11.5 million) than the network got for the otherwise-strong The Bachelor (10.9 million).