ABC Outdraws NBC in Thursday’s Dueling Presidential Town Halls

Biden's audience was larger, despite Trump's telecast also airing on MSNBC and CNBC

Photo of Joe Biden and Donald Trump
13.9 million people watched Joe Biden on ABC, while the Trump town hall drew 13.1 million on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC. Getty Images

The ratings for Thursday’s controversial presidential town hall faceoff between NBC and ABC are in, and ABC’s Joe Biden broadcast was the ratings winner—even though NBC News simulcast its President Trump town hall across multiple networks—according to early Nielsen data released this afternoon. (Note: This story will be updated later today with additional Nielsen data.)

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