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Debate Viewership Drops, But Not By Much

The final presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney drew 59.2 million viewers, less than watched the first two debates this year but more than the audience for the final presidential debate in 2008.

Nielsen said that viewership was across 11 networks from 9 to 10:34 p.m. ET

The debate, the third and final of the season between
President Obama and Mitt Romney, drew a combined 59.2 million viewers across 11
networks from 9 to 10:34 p.m. ET, according to Nielsen. While a boffo total, it
couldn’t quite match the previous debates, which drew 67.2 million on Oct. 3
and 65.6 million on Oct. 16.

Four years ago, the final debate between Obama and John
McCain drew 56.5 million.

NBC drew the biggest debate audience, with 12.39 million viewers, to 11.73 million for ABC and 8.44 for CBS.

The dropoff was not that significant given that the debate competed against “Monday Night Football” and the NLCS.

 

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