Biden-Trump Debate Tops 73 Million Total Viewers, Down 13% From 2016

That’s counting three additional TV channels, out-of-home viewing and connected TVs

Tuesday’s cable news numbers are in, and now we know just how “yuge” the Biden-Trump debate ratings declined from 2016’s first Trump-Clinton faceoff.

From 9 p.m. ET to 11 p.m. ET, a 16-channel simulcast reached 73.1 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. In a first for a presidential debate, that tally counts connected TVs and out-of-home viewing.

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Tony Maglio

Tony Maglio

TV Editor • tony.maglio@thewrap.com • Twitter: @tonymaglio

J. Clara Chan

J. Clara Chan

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