SOTU: Fox #1 On Broadcast

By Brian 

Fox’s broadcast of the State of the Union was #1 on Tuesday night, thanks to a big American Idol lead-in.

The Fox coverage, hosted by Shep Smith, averaged 10,486,000 viewers, according to preliminary fast national broadcast numbers. Most of the viewers came from AI, which delivered a 19.0 rating/28 share at 8pm, according to Drudge.

On NBC, Brian Williams averaged 8,523,000 viewers; on CBS, Katie Couric delivered 8,430,000; and on ABC, Charles Gibson had 7,022,000…