Tuesday evening’s debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden failed to draw an audience as big as the presidential debate opener between then-candidate Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, dropping 36 percent, preliminary results reveal.
According to Deadline, the debate drew 27.3 million viewers across ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox.
That represents a 36 percent drop from the first presidential debate between Trump and Clinton in September 2016.
Ratings plummet for Trump-Biden presidential debate First debate 2016: 84 million First debate 2020: 27 millionhttps://t.co/4tZvfdfcPP — Jack Posobiec ???????? (@JackPosobiec) September 30, 2020
Update: According to CNN, “preliminary Nielsen ratings showed an average audience of roughly 64.7 million viewers across eight channels” for Tuesday’s debate.