Second Presidential Debate Draws 63.2 Million Viewers

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October 8th, 2008

Broadcasting & Cable is reporting:

The second presidential debate between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain was watched by 63.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen.


That easily surpassed the total audience for the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, which was watched by 52.4 million viewers on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, BBC-America, CNBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC. 


But last week's vice presidential debate between Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Joe Biden is still the top-rated face-off of the 2008 campaign with more than 70 million viewers.

Here are our overnight broadcast results for the night.

Here are our cable news results for the night.

Update: More data from Nielsen.

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