UPDATED: NBC led all networks in vice presidential debate ratings Tuesday, with 7.03 million total viewers, ahead of CBS’ 6.46 million, ABC’s 6.15 million, Fox News Channel’s 6.08 million, CNN’s 4.17 million, MSNBC’s 3.13 million, Fox’s 2.21 million and Fox Business Network’s 392,000.
Adding in PBS, Nielsen said around 37 million tuned in to the debate, which pitted GOP hopeful Mike Pence against Democrat Tim Kaine. Elaine Quijano, anchor at CBSN, moderated the showdown in Virginia. That number came nowhere near the viewership for the 2012 VP debate, with Joe Biden versus Paul Ryan (51.4 million) or the 2008 matchup featuring Biden and Sarah Palin, at nearly 70 million.
Among viewers 25-54, it was, again, NBC (3.0 million), then CBS (1.88 million), then ABC (1.86 million). CNN drew 1.68 million, Fox News 1.51 million, Fox broadcast 1.12 million, MSNBC 908,000 and Fox Business 84,000.
A full 84 million watched the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Sept. 26. The two face off again Oct. 9.