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Presidential Debate Drew More Than 70 Million Viewers:

The initial of three presidential debates among President Obama as well as Mitt Romney reached more than 70 million viewers on Wednesday night.

Nielsen, a television measurement company, said 67.2 million viewers watched on television at residence — the actual highest number for a initial debate since 1980. That year, 80.6 million watched the actual only debate among President Jimmy Carter as well as the actual Republican presidential candidate, Ronald Reagan.

A some second- as well as third-round presidential debates since then have attracted more than 67 million viewers, including the actual second debate of the actual 1992 cycle. Nonetheless, Wednesday’s totals were surprisingly high by most any standard.

About 52.4 million viewers tuned into the actual initial debate in 2008, according to Nielsen, though that debate was held on a Friday night, typically a lower-rated night of the actual week. approximately 62.5 million viewers tuned into the actual initial debate in 2004, which similarly featured an incumbent president as well as a challenger.

Nielsen’s total for Wednesday’s debate did not count people who watched exterior the actual residence (in offices, bars or airports) or who watched in other countries. Nor did not count any of the actual millions of people who had access to the actual debate on computers, tablets or phones. CNN.com, for instance, said it recorded 1.2 million live streams of its debate coverage around the actual world. YouTube, the actual Web video giant, said its partners had “millions of live-streamed views of the actual debates,” yet declined to release exact numbers.

Of the actual 11 traditional channels that televised the actual debate as well as subscribed to Nielsen ratings, ABC was the actual most-watched, along most 11.3 million viewers when the actual commercial-free debate, Nielsen said. NBC as well as CBS were close behind, along 11.1 million for NBC as well as 10.6 million for CBS.

Fox News Channel was as huge as any broadcaster, along approximately 10.4 million viewers when the actual debate (up from 8.2 million in 2008 as well as 9.6 million in 2004). the actual Fox broadcast network attracted approximately 6.9 million; CNN, 6 million; as well as MSNBC, 4.7 million. (Fox News, MSNBC as well as CNN all skew toward older viewers, yet interestingly, CNN had a surge of 18- to 34-year-old viewers for the actual debate — nearly 1.5 million, versus 882,000 for Fox News as well as 772,000 for MSNBC.)

More than 2.6 million Spanish-language viewers watched on Univision, as well as other 248,000 watched on Telemundo, according to Nielsen. (Telemundo showed the actual debate on a tape delay.) the actual lowest-rated of all the actual channels along the actual face-off was Current TV, Al Gore’s fledgling liberal cable channel, which had approximately 100,000 viewers.

Another measurement company, Rentrak, found that the actual total audience for the actual debate was remarkably stable from 9 to 10:30 p.m. the actual company, which tracks viewership demeanor in one million homes, found a delicate uptick at 10 p.m.

TiVo, which tracks the actual rewinding demeanor of digital video recorder owners, found that the actual most-rewound moment of the actual debate came at 9:27, during Mr. Romney mentioned his plan to cut funding from PBS (and gave huge Bird a shout-out). approximately 250,000 viewers watched the actual debate on PBS.
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