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Fox News Matches Record Ratings With Debate Coverage, Rivaling Palin-Biden in 2008

Fox News Matches Record Ratings With Debate Coverage, Rivaling Palin-Biden in 2008

FNC locks down another win as viewership rises across cable, and MSNBC falls below CNN again.

11:14 AM PDT 10/17/2012 by Michael O'Connell

Early ratings for cable network coverage of Tuesday's presidential debate have numbers surging ahead of the first showdown between President Obama and Mitt Romney earlier this month -- and Fox News Channel is reaping the biggest benefits.

Nielsen figures have FNC's telecast of the town hall debate matching its highest ratings ever (Sarah Palin and Joe Biden's 2008 vice presidential debate) with 11.1 million viewers. On par with that record, FNC also scored a demo win with 3.46 million adults 25-54. Though its returns are shy of broadcast competition in NBC and ABC, it also topped CBS.

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The "ratings" are probably trumped up

They lie about everything else, why not this too? I can't imagine that many Americans (even as dumbed down as they are) tuning into something as boring and meaningless as a "debate" between these twin puppets. American Idol is absolutely fascinating in comparison. Heck, even static/snow is more interesting.