Will Kamala Harris and Mike Pence Buck the Trend of Declining VP Debate Ratings?

As COVID-19 diagnoses have shaken the White House, plans for Wednesday’s vice presidential debate has soldiered on

As COVID-19 diagnoses have shaken the White House, plans for Wednesday’s vice presidential debate between current Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris has soldiered on. The only unknown is whether the event will break the trend of declining vice presidential debate ratings seen in the past few election cycles.

In 2008, when then-senator Joe Biden faced off with Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, 11.098 million people tuned into Fox News, on average, according to Nielsen Media Research. Of those, 3.751 million were in the advertiser-coveted age demographic of 25 to 54. CNN took in an average of 10.685 million, of whom 4.522 million were in the demo, while MSNBC brought in an average of 4.412 million with 1.863 million in the demo.

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Lindsey Ellefson

Lindsey Ellefson

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