Updated: Biden-Palin Debate Draws Larger Audience Than Obama-McCain

Second bananas Sen. Joe Biden and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin overshadowed their running mates Thursday night, outdrawing the first presidential debate by 33.4 percent.

According to Nielsen Media Research data, a whopping 70 million million viewers tuned in Thursday night to watch the vice presidential debate between the two candidates, topping the audience for the Sept. 26 presidential debate between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain (52.4 million).

The Biden-Palin showdown set a new delivery record for a vp debate, beating the previous high of 56.7 million viewers set by Rep. Geraldine Ferraro and then-vice president George H.W. Bush in 1984.

Fox News Channel led all cable news nets during the Oct. 2 debate, averaging 11.1 million viewers from 9 p.m. to approximately 10:30 p.m. CNN was close behind FNC with 10.7 million viewers, while MSNBC finished a distant third with 4.41 million.

The debate now stands as FNC