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First Prez Debate Retains Steady TV Audience Throughout
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First Prez Debate Retains Steady TV Audience Throughout

As previously reported, 31.6% of all television households nationwide tuned in for John McCain and Barack Obama’s first presidential debate.

A closer look at the minute-by-minute TV ratings, released Wednesday by Nielsen, reveals few peaks or drop-offs in household viewing during Friday’s debate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Nielsen’s analysis, after an early ramp-up in the debate’s first five minutes, the percentage of households watching the debate held steady throughout the remainder of the telecast. 

The percentage of TV households watching the McCain-Obama debate peaked at 32.9% at 9:38pm EST Friday night. 

Debate viewing dropped off significantly after the debate ended at approximately 10:30pm EST.