US Vice President Mike Pence’s debate with Democrat Kamala Harris attracted 57.9 million TV viewers, the second-highest viewers ever for a matchup between vice presidential candidates, based on Nielsen information launched on Thursday.
The viewership determine for the Wednesday night faceoff in Salt Lake Metropolis included folks watching throughout 18 networks. The tally got here in 56% larger than 4 years in the past, when 37 million folks tuned in to see Pence debate Democrat Tim Kaine.
Through the policy-heavy 90-minute occasion, Pence and Harris clashed over the Trump administration’s dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic.
Vice presidential debates sometimes draw smaller audiences than presidential clashes. President Donald Trump’s Sept. 29 debate with Democratic challenger Joe Biden pulled in 73 million viewers, making it the second-biggest occasion on US tv this yr, after the Tremendous Bowl.
The TV viewing file for a vice presidential debate was set in 2008, when Biden debated Republican Sarah Palin. That telecast drew 69.9 million viewers.
For the Pence-Harris matchup, Fox Information Channel led all networks, with 11.9 million viewers.
The Nielsen numbers included folks watching at dwelling and at such venues as bars and eating places. It additionally included some digital viewership by way of televisions related to the web.
The figures don’t seize the complete extent of on-line viewing, which has grown in reputation as conventional TV audiences decline, nevertheless. The controversy was streamed dwell on Twitter, YouTube, community web sites and different digital platforms.
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