Debate ratings

October 02, 2004|By David Folkenflik

Not since October 1992 -- when President George H.W. Bush faced Gov. Bill Clinton and Ross Perot -- have so many Americans tuned in for a presidential debate.

On Thursday, more than 65 million Americans saw the first debate between President Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry. Here's how many people watched on each channel, according to estimates from Nielsen Media Research:

NBC: 17.2 million

CBS: 13.5 million

ABC: 11.5 million

Fox News Channel: 9.6 million

Fox Broadcast Network: 5.2 million

CNN: 4.4 million

PBS: 3.1 million

MSNBC: 1.2 million

The sole vice presidential debate is scheduled to air Tuesday from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Other presidential debates will be held on Oct. 8 and Oct. 13. All debates are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

-- David Folkenflik

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