ABC with 12.6 million viewers, NBC with 9.6 million viewers and CNN with 8.2 million viewers placed second.
That is three additional TV channels, out-of-home watching and connected televisions.
Tonight’s cable news numbers are in and now we know how much Biden-Trump debate ratings from 2016’s first Democrat-Clinton head-to-head were “yuge”.
From 9:00 p.m. AUT to 11 p.m. According to Nielsen, ET, a 16 channel simulcast reached 73.1 million viewers. In a first for a presidential debate, this counts connected TVs and outdoor-viewing televisions.
It still represents a decrease of 13% from 2016
Between 9:00 p.m. ET-10:38 p.m. The Fox News Channel averaged 17,8 million viewers ABC was placed second with 12.6 million viewers; NBC with 9.6 million viewers and CNN with 8.2 million viewers. MSNBC arrived fiveth among the seven main channels with 7.1 million viewers, while CBS and Fox broadcasting followed 6.3 million and 5.4 million viewers.
Also, FNC ranked No. 1 in the 25-54 population for the same time frame. NBC follows with 5.3 million viewers and ABC with 4.8 million viewers with 4.1 million viewers. CNN rounded fourth in the key demo with 3.5 million viewers, Fox came on fifth with 2.4 million, CBS had sixth with 2.1 million and MSNBC followed with 1.7 million.
Fox News, which hosted the debate, reported that 9.7 million total video streams were deployed across the Fox News digital properties, Facebook and YouTube.
Find Nielsen ratings for broadcast television channels available earlier here. Those preliminary figures had not been adjusted for time differences.
The first Trump – Clinton – debate broke the previous Nielsen record for a presidential debate, which was set in 1980 when Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan combined 80.6 million viewers.
Here is a list of all televised debates dated before 2016 ranked by Nielsen ratings, including that previous high -water mark from 36 years ago. Back in 1980 there were far fewer televisions and a smaller population in the United States but also less competition and fewer modes of viewing.
The Tuesday night matchup between the two candidates, topped by frequent interruptions by Trump and bickering, was criticized as one of the most chaotic presidential debates in history by several anchors and pundits.
Here is a list of the networks from Tuesday’s replay: Fox, Telemundo, Univision, Fox, CNN en Espaol, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Newsmax, Newsy, Vice and WGNA.
And from Clinton – Trump 1 in 2016: ABC, CBS, Fox, Univision, NBC, Telemundo, Azteca América, PBS, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel and MSNBC.
More to come…
Alec Baldwin and 11 other actors who portrayed Donald Trump on screen (photos)
Before Baldwin, Hammond was the go-to impersonator of Trump, starting with two sketches in 1989 and then more repeatedly over the next ten years in several sketches. He even returned to wear a long red tie when Trump guest hosted on 2015
Louis Ferreira, “Trump Unauthorized” (2005)
The Portugiese-born actor is well-known for his work on TV series like “Stargate Universe”, “Breaking Bad” and “S.W.A.T. — starred as the real estate mogul-turned Reality – Star in a 2005 ABC film.
Jason Sudeikis, ‘Saturday Night Live’ (2012)
In a cold-open parody of “Fox’Friends,” Sudeikis has publicly criticized Trump for President Barack Obama’s handling of hurricane Sandy. Ironically he also played Joe Biden in the first years of the Trump administration.
Taran Killam, Saturday Night Live :
Johnny Depp, Introducing Ivana ” #FODTrumpMovie…
The former “30 Rock” star began playing Trump in October 2016 — just a month before the mogul announced the surprise victory in the election — and he has continued to attack the president throughout his presidency, often in the coldest format that kicks off the show.
: Bob DiBuono, The Nightly Show Larry Wilmore Show 2016
Comedian Bob DiBuono has emerged as one of the leading Trump-impersonators and regularly appears on Larry Willmore’s comedy Central show as well as “Murphy Brown” and “The View.”
Jimmy Fallon was far less favorable for his own Trump impression on the Tonight Show — as well as for infamous hair-cuts of the then-candidate in a 2016 Pre-election appearance.
Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule (2020)
Irish actor Brendan Gleeson plays Commander in Chief in Showtime’s miniseries on the Trump-related standoff with the former FBI Director James Comey. New York Times critic James Poniewozik wrote : « Glassone moves the program to life. His rendering of Trump’s wandering diction is the best I’ve seen outside a lip sync. Half his performance is in his bearings – chin jutted forward like a swollen yacht”
Jeff Rector,’s ‘Bad President’ (2020)
In this satire the comedian plays a Trump who is seduced by the Devil himself (Eddie Griffin) to run for the presidency.
Irish actor Brendan Gleeson is the latest to play the property mogul turned commander in chief