The 66.46 million viewers who watched the second presidential debate across 11 networks represents a big drop from the first presidential debate’s record-breaking 84 million. One factor to account for the difference was NBC, which aired a Sunday Night Football game between the Giants and Packers instead of the debate.
The last time around, NBC has been the most-watched network during the debate with 18.156 million viewers. This time around, the title went not to ABC, which had come in second for the first debate, but to CBS, which had 16.456 million viewers tune in to last night’s debate. CBS was also first in the A25-54 demo with 6.411 million viewers, according to Nielsen Fast National data. ABC came second in total viewers (11.512 million), and was third in the demo (4.641 million). CNN was third in total viewers (11.289 million) and second in the demo (4.858 million).
Fox News Channel topped Fox in total viewers, 9.888 million to 5.589 million, as well as in the demo. They took the 4th and 5th spots. MSNBC was 6th with 5.542 million total viewers, PBS 7th with 2.82 million and Univision 8th with 2.364 million.
FBN beat CNBC in total viewers, 565,000 to 395,000, while CNBC beat FBN in the demo, 187,000 to 147,000.
Spanish language channel Azteca brought up the rear with 43,000 viewers.