Vice pres­i­den­tial de­bate seen by 37 mil­lion view­ers

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

More than half of the 84 mil­lion view­ers who flocked last week to the first pres­i­den­tial de­bate be­tween Don­ald Trump and Hil­lary Clin­ton found some­thing else to do when their re­spec­tive run­ning mates faced off Tues­day night.

A to­tal of 37 mil­lion view­ers watched GOP vice pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Mike Pence de­bate Demo­cratic ri­val Tim Kaine on nine net­works mea­sured by the Nielsen com­pany.

NBC was on top with 7 mil­lion view­ers, fol­lowed by CBS, ABC, Fox News Chan­nel (the most-watched cable out­let), CNN, MSNBC, Fox broad­cast­ing, PBS and Fox Busi­ness Net­work.

This num­ber was down sharply from the es­ti­mated 50 mil­lion view­ers who saw Repub­li­can chal­lenger Paul Ryan de­bate Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den in 2012. An ex­traor­di­nary 70 mil­lion peo­ple watched GOP can­di­date Sarah Palin de­bate Bi­den in 2008.

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