The Second Debate: 65.6 Million Viewers

Tuesday’s presidential debate drew 65.6 million viewers, down slightly from the 67.2 million who watched the first debate earlier this month, according to Nielsen.

The figure is slightly higher than the ratings for the second presidential debate in 2008.

Fox News topped all of the news networks, with 11 million viewers, followed by CNN with 5.8 million and MSNBC with 4.9 million.

NBC News topped broadcasters with 13.8 million viewers, followed by ABC with 12.5 million, CBS with 8.9 million and Fox with 4.6 million.

Update: NBC News also topped all networks in post-debate analysis, with 11.4 million viewers, followed by ABC with 9.5 million and CBS with 7 million. A factor in NBC’s win may be “The Voice,’ which topped all series on Tuesday. More here.

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