You think anyone watched that one debate on Thursday night?
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.
As for the McCain - Obama debate, only a paltry 52.4 million people tuned in.¬† Nielsen attributes much of the difference between the numbers to the timing of the debates, apparently not factoring in the aforementioned "train wreck factor."¬† The presidential contest was held on a Friday while the Palin - Biden showdown was held on a Thursday.
Who watched where
Where did most people watch the debate?