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Biden-Ryan TV ratings down sharply from first presidential debate

Biden-Ryan TV ratings down sharply from first presidential debate

Reuters – 4 hours ago

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - More than 51 million Americans watched Thursday's feisty showdown between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan, down sharply from the audience for the first presidential debate last week.

Final Nielsen ratings data on Friday showed that the vice presidential match-up on issues ranging from the economy to foreign policy and abortion, was seen by 51.4 million Americans across 12 cable and broadcast networks.

The October 3 debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney drew a TV audience of 67.2 million, putting it among the 10 most-watched debates of the past 30 years.

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