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Published: Wed, September 28, 2016
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Debate may have been most-watched in USA history


More recently, the first Obama-Romney debate in 2012 averaged 67 million viewers. The announcement cites Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings, live + 3-day ratings and the network's own estimates. Snapchat will also be at the debate, covering it via a "Live Story".

"Kevin Can Wait's" 11 million viewers makes it television's top new comedy, according to the announcement.

Just last week, Facebook announced that it will team with ABC to live stream all four of the debates, three for presidential candidates, one for potential vice presidents.

Monday night is the first presidential debate of the year between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. So did some of the broadcast networks.

The debate watch party begins at 8 pm, with a Question and Answer session following, held in Ambrose Hall.

Many of these channels also have an accompanying app which will also be providing a live stream of the event to subscribers using mobile devices.

Many more people I spoke with either are not planning to watch or were not interested in it at all. Contrary to some speculation, there was not a big drop-off after the first hour of the 98-minute debate. The 1980 encounter between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter was seen by 80.6 million.

"Twitter is the most direct way to engage with the candidates and issues of this election and to participate in the live, public conversation around its key events", said Adam Sharp, Twitter's head of news, government, and elections, in a statement.

Online streaming remains a young, growing market, and most analysts agree there is probably room for both Facebook and Twitter at the moment.

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"I have to say, in our history, the moderators have found it appropriate to allow the candidates to be the ones who talk about the accuracy or the fairness of what the other candidate or candidates might have said", said Janet Brown, the commission's executive director.

Still, the post-debate coverage on TV focused on Trump, partly because of surprising and confounding comments he made on stage.

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