The presidential debate had 45 million viewers...on the 4 networks alone

Early ratings of last night's presidential debate indicate 45 million viewers via the 4 major networks alone. That's a 22 percent increase from the same numbers in 2012.

Michael O'Connell reports, "Overnight ratings among Nielsen's metered markets have the Big Four networks pulling a total 31.2 rating among households. (The 2016 Super Bowl, which is the only real comparison for the year, pulled an early 49 rating for CBS and ultimately brought in more than 100 million viewers.) As overnight ratings go, that's also more than double last week's Sunday Night Football score. It nabbed a 13.7 rating, which ultimately translated to 22.8 million viewers. Ahead of tallies from the main trio of cable news networks and the multitude of broadcasters carrying the commercial-free stream, this puts the debate on track to smash that 2012 total and very likely approach an all-time high."


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