Debate Ratings: 65.6 Million Watch 2nd Presidential Debate

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By Alex Weprin Comment

The final numbers are in, and 65.6 million people watched the second presidential debate live on TV last night, according to Nielsen.

Nielsen’s number includes NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, PBS, Univision, Telemundo, Fox News, CNN, Current TV, CNBC and MSNBC.

All told, the second debate was down slightly from the first Presidential debate of the cycle, which drew 67.2 million viewers, and up significantly from last week’s VP debate, which drew 51.4 million. Compared to the second debate of 2008, the ratings are up by a few million viewers.

You can view the breakdown of the cable and broadcast ratings from last night here.