The third and historic final presidential debate looks to have done better than Debate 2, scoring an early overnight 39.7 household rating. Debate 2, which battled NFL on NBC, had bagged an early household 37.2/52 – a nearly 20% drop from the first debate’s overnight household 46.2 rating.
Among those networks Donald Trump claims are rigged against him, NBC and ABC led the pack, ratings-wise in the early derby, with a 6.6/10 in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets for this election cycle’s third and final presidential debate. Fox News Channel, whose Chris Wallace moderated, marking a first for that 20-year-old network, nipped at their heels with a 6.5/9. CBS followed at 6.1/9, ahead of CNN’s 5.6/8.
Fox broadcast network also was in the game, clocking a 4.6/7 for its broadcast from from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. That’s ahead of MSNBC’s 3.6/5.
Last night’s debate made headlines and history, marking the first time a candidate from a major political party has said on stage that he might not accept election results on November 8. The reality TV star- turned-candidate said so, when asked by Wallace, explaining he wants there to be a cliffhanger. No word whether Donald Trump intends to accept these early ratings results.
He did, however, once again cite unscientific polls to tweet this morning that he’d won the debate, though pundits last night said otherwise:
The most-watched third debate in televised debate history was the October 19, 1992 debate. It featured Billy Bush’s uncle, George H.W. Bush, and Hillary Clinton’s husband, Bill Clinton. It also featured Ross Perot, and averaged 66.9M viewers across ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN. In this election cycle, Debate 1 clocked a record 84M viewers, and Debate 2 66.5M
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