NBC News Commander-in-Chief Forum Received a lot of Criticism and a lot of Eyeballs

14.7 million tune in.

There weren’t many, if any, fans of Matt Lauer‘s turn as moderator for last night’s Commander-in-Chief Forum, but that certainly didn’t seem to have an effect on the numbers.

According to Nielsen Fast National data, 14.7 million viewers tuned in to either NBC or MSNBC to watch the one-hour forum, including 4 million in the A25-54 demo. MSNBC’s share of that amounted to 3.43 million total viewers with 856,000 in the A25-54 demo.

The data is the sum of NBC’s 8 p.m. ET and PT airings, a live 5 p.m. PT airing for select West Coast affiliates and MSNBC’s 8 p.m. ET airing.