Where to Watch the Presidential Debate: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Square Off Tonight

From Twitter and Facebook Live to almost every channel on TV, voters have a ton of options

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump square off on Monday night at 9 p.m. ET in a debate that will be available on pretty much every television channel and streaming platform.

NBC’s Lester Holt will moderate the 90-minute matchup from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Many pundits are predicting that it will attract a record 100 million-plus viewers. The debate will consist of six roughly 15-minute segments on major topics that Holt personally selects.

Here’s where you can watch the back-and-forth between the Democratic and Republican nominees.


The debate isn’t an NBC production, but NBC’s News’ biggest star, Holt, will be the moderator on stage. Coverage on the NBC broadcast network airs from 9 o’clock to 11 p.m. ET, anchored by “Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie and “Meet the Press” moderator and NBC News political director Chuck Todd. NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw and a team of NBC News correspondents and contributors, will join Guthrie and Todd for post-debate analysis.


George Stephanopoulos will lead special coverage from ABC News Election Headquarters in New York at 9 p.m. ET with “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir, “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz, chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, “World News Tonight” Saturday anchor Cecilia Vega, “World News Tonight” Sunday anchor and Correspondent Tom Llamas, “Nightline” co-anchor Byron Pitts, ABC News Political Analyst Cokie Roberts and Special Correspondent and Senior Strategic Advisor Matthew Dowd providing additional coverage.


“CBS Evening News” anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley and “Face the Nation” anchor and CBS News political director John Dickerson will lead CBS News’ live primetime coverage at 9 p.m. ET. Nancy Cordes and Major Garrett will provide additional coverage while Bob Schieffer, who moderated presidential debates in 2004, 2008 and 2012, will provide commentary.

Fox News Channel

Fox News will present extensive live programming from Hofstra throughout the day, with “Fox & Friends,” “America’s Newsroom,” “Shepard Smith Reporting,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” “The Five,” “Special Report,” “On the Record,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” The Kelly File” and “Hannity” all on location. Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly will co-anchor special primetime debate coverage live from the debate hall beginning at 9 p.m. ET with Brit Hume, Dana Perino, Juan Williams and Tucker Carlson providing additional insight and analysis.


“Debate Night in America” kicks off at 7 p.m. ET and will provide analysis until at least 1 a.m. ET. Dana Bash, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will host the primetime coverage along with Erin Burnett from inside the Spin Room at the debate site. More than 30 anchors, correspondents, analysts, reporters and commentators will provide additional insight. “New Day,” “CNN Newsroom,” “Inside Politics,” “Wolf,” “The Lead with Jake Tapper” and “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” are live from campus.


MSNBC is live from Hofstra throughout the day, with primetime coverage kicking off at 7 p.m. ET with Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams live from Election Headquarters in New York and Chris Matthews live from Hofstra. Todd and Chris Hayes will also host live editions of their shows from the ground in Long Island.

Fox Business

Fox Business Network’s coverage will be available on FBN, as well as on FOXBusinessGO and FOXBusiness.com. Neil Cavuto, anchor and managing editor of business news, will anchor the primetime debate coverage live from Hofstra’s debate hall beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Lou Dobbs, Charlie Gasparino, Trish Regan and Kennedy will assist Cavuto with coverage, while Connell McShane, Blake Burman and Peter Barnes, will provide live reports on the campaigns from the debate hall.


“PBS NewsHour Debates: A Special Report” kicks off at 9 p.m. ET.


Facebook Live will be everywhere on Monday night, with Fox News, PBS, ABC News, CBS-NY, NowThis, Univision, the New York Times, Telemundo, Buzzfeed and CNBC using the platform to stream the debate. Along with Fox News’ stream of the debate on Facebook Live, they’ll host a watch party where key talent will be weighing in to engage fans on Facebook during the debate. The Washington Post will host a post-debate show on Facebook Live hosted by Ed O’Keefe, and BuzzFeed will use “reactions” to gauge viewer sentiment during the debate stream.


CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service is partnering with Instagram to feature curated Instagram stories in its live coverage of the upcoming presidential and vice presidential debates. CBSN’s Josh Elliott, Vladimir Duthiers and Reena Ninan will anchor the coverage.


Katie Couric will host a live show beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET with contributions from Matt Bai, Michael Isikoff, Jamal Simmons, Alice Stewart, Dr. Gail Saltz, Rick Newman and Bianna Golodryga live from the spin room at Hofstra. Yahoo’s Hunter Walker, Holly Bailey and Liz Goodwin will be at the site of the debate to provide additional coverage.


Twitter will team with Bloomberg to live stream the upcoming presidential debates. The exclusive deal prevents other networks from airing the presidential debates on any official Twitter platform. Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will anchor Bloomberg’s coverage and pre-debate and post-debate shows will be included in the Twitter stream, along with the debate itself.

This page will be updated as additional information becomes available.