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67 million watched US presidential debate: Nielsen

Published on Oct 6, 2012 11:24 AM
 

People watch US President Barack Obama (R) and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on television sets at a restaurant in Washington, DC on October 3 for the first of three presidential debates. More than 67 million people tuned in to see Obama square off with Romney in the first debate of 2012, the largest audience in 20 years, ratings agency Nielsen reported Thursday. -- AFP

More than 67 million people tuned in to see President Barack Obama square off with Mitt Romney in the first debate of 2012, the largest audience in 20 years, ratings agency Nielsen reported Thursday.

An estimated 67.2 million people, 46 percent of whom were over age 55, watched the Wednesday night showdown as it was broadcast live from Denver, Colorado, according to Nielsen.

That's 28 percent more than the 52 million who tuned in to see Obama and Republican nominee John McCain in their first debate in 2008, and the largest audience since 69.9 million watched Democrat Bill Clinton, Republican George H.W. Bush and independent Ross Perot in October 1992.

A record 80.6 million people watched live on the three major US networks as President Jimmy Carter debated Republican Ronald Reagan on October 28, 1980, according to Nielsen.