ABC Again Tops in Viewership

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By SteveK Comments

ABC had the top broadcast last night during the VP debate, with 13,130,000 Total Viewers. ABC edged NBC, which had 12,820,000. CBS had 11,100,000.

FNC was the top cable network, coming in at a network-record 11,098,000.

This was ABC’s highest rated VP debate since 1992. But as a whole, the ratings shatter the top-rated VP debate of all time, in 1984, which had 56.7 million total viewers.

This debate had 69.9 million total viewers, tied for 2nd highest rated debate ever (1980 had the highest, 1992 was tied).

In post-debate analysis, FNC was #1, followed by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC.

Total Viewers for the debate:

Network Total Viewers
ABC 13,130,000
NBC 12,820,000
CBS 11,100,000
FNC 11,098,000
CNN 10,685,000
FOX 4,500,000
MSNBC 4,412,000