Third Presidential Debate Watched By 56.5 Million

The third and final presidential debate drew nearly as many viewers as the second, even with major league baseball as its TV competition.

A total of 56.5 million viewers watched Wednesday's debate in Hempsted, N.Y., between Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain, Nielsen Media Research said Thursday.

That figure represents the collective audience for 11 networks. But Fox wasn't one of those networks, skipping debate coverage to air what turned out to be the final game of the National League Championship Series as the Philadelphia Phillies moved on to the World Series.

Nielsen tallied viewership for Wednesday's debate on ABC, CBS, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, BBC-America, CNBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC and MUN2.

On Oct. 7, a total of 63.2 million viewers watched the second debate, while the candidates' first faceoff on Sept. 26 was seen by 52.4 million viewers. More than 70 million saw Sen. Joe Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin's sole meeting on Oct. 2. Fox was among the networks airing those debates.


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  • by ??? Location: NC on Oct 17, 2008 at 04:51 PM
    If Obama were to get in office and allow the Demobrats to try to pass Federal legislation banning guns or concealed carry, then the states should stand up for it's citizens and do as Montana has threatened to do and secede from the Union.The Demobrats feel that the criminals life is more important than the law abiding citizens is anyway.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Oct 17, 2008 at 08:37 AM
    Demobrats remind me of lemmings. For all you Demobrats out there with less brain power than a lemming, lemmings are small rat like animals with even smaller brains than rats.They play follow the leader and choose one lemming to follow right over the side of a cliff, where they fall to meet thier ends, splattered all over the hard rocks below.Am I the only Republican that can see the similarity?
  • by Yep, me Location: NC on Oct 17, 2008 at 04:25 AM
    Oh my God Mike... this is what I have been preaching to people!!!! I just received my concealed weapons permit and to have that TAKEN AWAY from me is worrisome! Also, we are stocking up on guns around our house - as I know a lot of people are... Obama wants our guns - he wants to close 90% of gun stores and raise gun prices 500%!!!! Yeah, so some people don't care about this - but I sure do - if he takes away guns... and someone breaks into your house and threatens you with a gun - what do you do? Beat them to death with your golf club??! People of America - please wake up and see what Obama is really about!!!!
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Oct 17, 2008 at 02:54 AM
    I watched all the debates. It is common knowledge to everyone that the major news media have a Liberal bias, though the libs won't admit it. The moderators were among that group. Why didn't we have a Bill O'Reilly or a Neill Bortz as a moderator? Unless I somehow dozed off and missed it there was one glaring topic that was not asked about or discussed even though it is of great importance to millions of voters..... GUN CONTROL! It's absence speaks LOUDLY of the moderators' Liberal bias, especially with Obama's stand and consistent voting record. He would take away your Second Amendment rights altogether if he could. He has voted in favor of EVERY bill in both Illinois and D.C. that would restrict these rights even though he failed to vote at all on over 100 issues. He even voted for a bill that would place a 500% TAX on guns and ammunition! Get real people! Responsible gun owners abide by the law. It's the UNLAWFUL you must worry about! NO Obama!
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