The vice presidential debates scored a strong 28.0/40 (household rating, share) just on the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC) between 9p-10:30p. As predicted by our readers, last night's debate seems poised to out-rate the presidential debate from last Friday. Though the cable news numbers aren't included here, we should have them up on the site hopefully around 3pm PDT and imagine that Nielsen will also publish complete ratings for the event later in the day. We'll have viewer numbers up once we have seen the fast affiliates.
Due to the debates there wasn't a ton of new programming, but Survivor: Gabon won the 8pm hour with a 7.5/12. Ugly Betty had a 6.0/9 and NBC's My Name Is Earl, which languished with a 4.7/7. The only good news for Earl was that the bloom is all the way off the rose for Fox's Hole in the Wall which scored a pitiful 2.7/4.
CW's Smallville netted a 2.7/4 and Sam and Dean of Supernatural faced off against Sarah Palin and still managed a 2.6/5 -- slightly better then last week's 2.5/4 in the metered market numbers when it faced off against The Office and Grey's Anatomy (which didn't air last night due to the debates).
In the early metered market numbers NBC won the after-debate analysis on the broadcast networks, edging out ABC. NBC had a 7.8/12, ABC a 7.6/11. CBS was last with a 5.5/8.
We'll have the full overnight report up with viewer numbers and demographic information hopefully sometime before 9:30am PDT.
P.S. Sorry Cubs fans