First 2016 Presidential Debate Attracts Record Number of Cable and Online Viewers

September 27th, 2016
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The 2016 Presidential Debates are among the most highly-anticipated television events of the year. Last night, a record-breaking number of Americans tuned in to the first of three Presidential debates.

All Presidential Debates will be carried on major cable news outlets, including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, as well as on network stations such as FOX, NBC, CBS and ABC. Additionally, various news networks and outlets will be offering free streaming services online for each debate so that citizens without cable connections can also watch live.

The audiences for the 2016 Debates were expected to set records in terms of viewership of a political event, and so far those predictions appear to be accurate. It is believed that last night’s 90 minute debate brought in more than 80 million viewers on major TV networks. That estimate does not even account for the additional numbers of viewers that watched via live streaming services.

Last night’s debate, which was broadcast live from Hofstra University in New York and moderated by NBC’s Lester Holt, was the first of four debate events prior to the November general election. There will be a total of three Presidential Debates, along with one Vice Presidential Debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine.

The remaining Presidential debate schedule is as follows:

  • Event: Vice Presidential Debate
    • Date: 10/4/16
    • Location: Longwood University, VA
    • Moderator: CBS News’ Elaine Quijano
  • Event: Second Presidential Debate
    • Date: 10/9/16
    • Location: Washington University, St. Louis, MO
    • Moderators: ABC’s Martha Raddatz & CNN’s Anderson Cooper
  • Event: Final Presidential Debate
    • Date: 10/19/16
    • Location: University of Nevada Las Vegas, NV
    • Moderator: Fox News’ Chris Wallace