PBS NewsHour’s Final Presidential Debate Special Reached More Than 2.5 Million Average Viewers; 9% Growth Compared to Final Debate of 2012

Washington, DC (October 20, 2016) — PBS NewsHour’s special broadcast of the final presidential debate on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 averaged a 1.5 household rating and a delivery of 2.58 million viewers (P2+) across the 120-minute live duration (9 – 11pm ET). This marked a 9% growth in average audience size from four years ago, when the PBS NewsHour Debates 2012 third presidential debate delivered 2.36 million viewers on October 22, 2012, based on Nielsen Fast National Live+SD data.

Across the three presidential debates in 2016, PBS averaged 2.78 million viewers (P2+). This marked a 15% growth in average audience size for the three presidential debates in 2012.

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