An empty Hofstra debate stage awaits Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
Tonight’s first 2016 presidential debate will be simulcast across a ton of TV networks, though a select few are being bold enough to do their own thing.
Cable channels like USA, Discovery, Bravo, MTV, ID and Nat Geo are airing originals against the big political event, which kicks off at 9 p.m. ET. For those not interested in seeing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squabble for 90 minutes, might we interest you in the following counter-programming?
“Real Housewives of Orange County,” 9 p.m. ET/PT, Bravo
“Demolition Theater,” 9 p.m. ET/PT, Discovery
“Sacred Steel Bikes,” 10 p.m. ET/PT Discovery
“Tiny House Hunters,” 9 p.m. ET/PT, HGTV
“House Hunters,” 10 p.m. ET/PT, HGTV
“Killer Instinct,” 9/8c, ID
“Teen Mom,” 9 p.m. ET/PT, MTV
“Mary + Jane,” 10 p.m. ET/PT, MTV
“Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks,” 9 p.m. ET/PT Nat Geo Channel
“Live Free or Die,” 9 p.m. ET/PT Nat Geo Channel
“Monday Night Raw,” 8/7c, USA Network
There’s even some fresh shows for the kiddies! Disney XD plans to run some stuff for those (luckily) not old enough to vote just yet. So, sorry about the world you’re inheriting, here are some cartoons.
As for the debate, that’ll run across C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as all cable news channels, including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, among others. It’ll also be streaming on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook Live — perhaps you’ve heard of those platforms?
Click here to find out everywhere you can view the damn thing. For the millennials, just check out our how-to-stream it guide here.
The Trump-Clinton one-on-one will draw big viewership, though it won’t top 1980’s record-holding version, when Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan brought in a whopping 80.6 million total viewers. Obviously, back then, all TV viewing was linear, making modern-day comparisons dicey at best, and complete apples-to-oranges at worst.
Click here to see all of the previous presidential debates ranked by overall eyeballs — they’re not Super Bowl numbers, but the data is pretty mind-blowing.
In conclusion, considering Barack Obama and Mitt Romney kicked off the 2012 debate cycle to 67.2 million total viewers — and obviously without the Trump trainwreck factor — TheWrap would like to wish the best of luck to “Demolition Theater.”
37 Hollywood Stars for Donald Trump in 2020 (Photos)
With time running out for the President to gain Joe Biden in the polls, here are 34 of Trump's celebrity fans rooting for the President to win a second term.
"I think Trump, no matter what anybody thinks of him, is doing a good job at trying to get these states — and all of the American people — what they need," Dennis Quaid told the Daily Beast in April 2020.
Comedian Roseanne Barr tweeted a picture of herself wearing a "Trump 2020" baseball cap with the caption, "2020 vision."
“All I gotta say is Trump 2020, bitch. Fuck I look like paying an extra 33 in taxes for Biden," rapper Lil Pump said on his Instagram story in October 2020.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus in a statement on his Twitter "strongly recommend(s) you consider Donald J. Trump for another four years. I certainly have and have already cast my vote for him!"
Lil Wayne shocked fans on Oct. 29 when he tweeted a photo of himself with President Trump. He captioned the pic by saying that "besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership."
NFL Legend Brett Favre tweeted, "In this election, we have freedom of choice, which all should respect. For me & these principles, my Vote is for @RealDonaldTrump."