PBS NewsHour’s First Presidential Debate Special Broadcast Saw 2.96 Million Viewers

WASHINGTON, DC (September 27, 2016) — PBS NewsHour’s live coverage of the presidential candidates’ debate followed by 30 minutes of analysis on Monday, September 26, 2016 from 9 – 11pm ET saw an a average household rating of 1.7 and a delivery of 2.96 million viewers (P2+) across the 120-minute live duration. This marked a 20% growth in average audience size from four years ago, when the PBS NewsHour Debates 2012 first Presidential Debate had a delivery of 2.47 million on October 3, 2012, based on Nielsen Fast National Live+SD data.

NewsHour’s online streams of its debate special were viewed more than 1.8 million times on Youtube, Facebook, Ustream, and the recently launched PBS NewsHour and Microsoft interactive civic education and voter engagement site WatchTheDebates.org, which provides access to every general election debate since 1960 including this election cycle.

Monday night’s special broadcast was co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, with David Brooks, Mark Shields, and Amy Walter in studio and NewsHour correspondent John Yang on location.

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