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?