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Clinton-Trump Showdown Is Most-Watched Presidential Debate

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton are introduced during a start of Monday night’s presidential discuss during Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

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Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton are introduced during a start of Monday night’s presidential discuss during Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

David Goldman/AP

An estimated 84 million people watched Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in their initial discuss Monday, according to TV ratings information from Nielsen, creation it a most-watched discuss ever.

These total tip a ratings for a 1980 discuss between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, when only underneath 81 million people tuned in. As The Associated Press reports, “No discuss given afterwards had exceeded 70 million viewers.”

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Nielsen’s numbers embody 13 radio networks. They don’t comment for viewers who watched a discuss online — and NPR’s media match David Folkenflik has been crunching those numbers.

As David tells All Things Considered, a live streaming numbers are “where things get interesting”:

“I looked during a series of outlets and their feeds on Facebook. If we demeanour during a live streams of 7 opposite vital outlets including places like Al-Jazeera, ABC News, NowThis news, The New York Times, Univision, Fox, a integrate others — that was in additional of 35 million views. They’re not counted equally to a radio viewer, though 35 million people looked during slightest during partial of a live streams of a discuss that way.

“Similarly, about 5 million people looked during a live streams and streams accessible on YouTube. And that’s not including a particular websites as good — for example, an additional of 2.4 million people, estimated, watched in on CNN.com by their giveaway feed. So there are a lot of opposite ways people are entrance this now.”

These figures, he says, prove a change in observation patterns — ” even as we’re entrance together [to watch a debate] we’re doing it in a most some-more fragmented approach — so many some-more radio outlets, so many some-more online outlets, opposite ways to consume.”

David points out one premonition to a record-breaking figure from Nielsen: The U.S race has grown extremely given 1980. That year, “the race of a United States was a small over 220 million. Now it’s roughly accurately 100 million some-more people. So clearly during least, a TV numbers — not so startling that there competence be expansion in them,” he explains.

And vocalization of records, EPSN tells David that Monday Night Football ratings strike a ancestral low. The diversion between a Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints was directly competing with a Trump-Clinton showdown.

Listen to David’s full discussion with a uncover here:

According to Politico, of a other programming that has drawn upwards of 80 million viewers, “most were NFL Super Bowl broadcasts,” and a others were “the finales of M.A.S.H. and Cheers.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/27/495692196/clinton-trump-showdown-is-most-watched-presidential-debate?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=politics