TV Ratings: President Obama pulls in record 'View' audience

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Not in nearly 3,000 airings of "The View" has the series nabbed the kind of numbers it brought in for its July 29 visit from President Barack Obama.

The first ever daytime talk appearance of sitting president averaged 6.6 million viewers during its one-hour broadcast.

And more astonishing than the numbers, everyone actually behaved. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who got flack earlier in the week for some comments about lesbians, seemed just as thrilled to interview the president as her more liberal-leaning cohosts. When talking about the appearance later that night on " The Sean Hannity Show," she even sounded like she enjoyed it, revealing she "had a great conversation with the president backstage."

President Obama's appearance wasn't the only big news for "The View" that day either. It also marked host Barbara Walters' first interview since undergoing heart surgery in May.

As previously announced, Walters won't return to her regular "View" filming schedule until the season starts in September 2010. The following day's broadcast with James Marsden somehow wasn't enough to make her come back from vacation early.

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