65.6 Million Viewers Watch Second Presidential Debate
Matchup is down from first debate, up from 2008
By Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/17/2012 5:45:34 PM
The town hall-style debate, which aired live from approximately 9-10:45 p.m., was down 2% from the first presidential debate this election cycle, though it gained 4% from the second presidential debate between Obama and Sen. John McCain in 2008.
Twelve networks carried the debate: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, PBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Current TV and CNBC.
On broadcast, NBC led with 13.8 million total viewers, ABC had 12.5 million, CBS drew 8.9 million and Fox averaged 4.6 million. Among the cable news networks, Fox News was the most-watched (11.1 million viewers), followed by CNN (5.8 million) and MSNBC (4.9 million).
mike toscano - 10/17/2012 10:18:26 PM EDT
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