Debate Draws 84 Million Viewers

The highly anticipated Presidential debate Monday night between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drew 84 million viewers on TV according to Nielsen.

Held at Hofstra University on Long Island, the event was the most-watched Presidential debate in history.

NBC News was the highest-rated network for the debates (9-10:39 pm ET) averaging 18.2 million total viewers, outperforming ABC by 4.6 million (+34%) and CBS by 6.1 million (+50%). Among Adults 25-54 NBC News averaged 8.3 million viewers, leading ABC by 3.5 million (+73%) and CBS by 3.6 million (+75%). In Adults 18-49, NBC averaged 7.5 million, topping ABC by 3.1 million (+72%) and CBS by 3.6 million (+91%). MSNBC’s coverage of the debate (9-10:39pm ET) averaged 4.9 million total viewers, 1.58 million Adults 25-54 viewers and 1.4 million Adults 18-49 viewers.

Earlier on Monday, “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” averaged 8.4 million total viewers, outperforming ABC by 1 million and CBS by 1.7 million. “TODAY” averaged 4.3 million total viewers, outperforming ABC by 203,000 and CBS by 789,000.

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt moderated the first presidential debate.