Another huge turn-out for yesterday’s debate:
65.6 million people watched last night’s presidential town hall debate between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney, according to newly released numbers from Nielsen.
Debate viewership was slightly higher than the 63.2 million who watched the 2008 town hall debate, but slightly lower than the 67.2 million who watched this year’s first presidential debate in Denver, Colo. 51.4 million watched last week’s vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan.
The total number is based on totals across twelve networks, including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, CurrentTV and CNBC, which carried the debate live, and Univision and Telemundo, which carried it on tape delay. The total does not include online and out-of-home viewers, which likely puts the true number well-north of 70 million.
As with the first debate, more than 30 million viewers — nearly half — were above the age of 55. 19.4 million were between the ages of 35 and 54, 11.2 million were between the ages of 18 and 34.