Early Ratings: VP Debate Grows 4% From 2016 Across Big 4 Broadcast Nets

Mike Pence vs. Kamala Harris top 21 million viewers across CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC in preliminary Nielsen numbers

Wednesday’s Vice Presidential Debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris bucked the downward broadcast ratings trend of previous years.

According to early Nielsen Media Research data, the showdown between the incumbent vice president and democratic hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris, which began live at 9 p.m. ET, averaged 21.3 million viewers across CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC.

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Lindsey Ellefson

Lindsey Ellefson

Media reporter • lindsey.ellefson@thewrap.com • Twitter: @ellefs0n