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VP debate shatters TV ratings record

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You think anyone watched that one debate on Thursday night?

You may just be right.  Forget Obama and McCain, the American TV public seemed much more interested in the Biden - Palin showdown.

Nielsen reports that 69.9 million people tuned in for the broadcast.  PBS doesn't like to be lumped in with the mass media, and snootily does their own accounting.  They estimate some 3.5 million viewers tuned in, which brings the grand finale total to 73.4 million.

U.S. versus Canada

Speaking of snooty, a Canadian blogger named Doug Peterson was discussing the quandary he experienced on Thursday night  when faced with the choice of watching the Cubs - Dodgers game, the Canadian Prime Minister debate, or the U.S. vice presidential debate.

Contrasting the two debates, Peterson recaps:

It was almost like the barometer for success for the Prime Minister debate was who won and for the Vice-President debate, it was who would perform the least worst.

But then again, maybe he's not that off-base.  As many have surmised, including we here at The Vote, a lot of the draw was the "train wreck" factor.

Records

The prior record for a vice presidential showdown was 1984 when Vice President Bush and Democratic nominee Geraldine Ferraro grabbed some 56.7 million viewers.

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