US election 2020: Debate pulled in 73 million TV viewers

Related Topics
Image source, Getty Images
Image caption,
The debate plays on a TV in Miami, Florida

Some 73 million people tuned in to the first debate between US President Donald Trump and his White House challenger Joe Biden.

The TV viewership for Tuesday's clash was lower than the 2016 debates, but final streaming counts are pending.

The 2016 showdown between Mr Trump and Hillary Clinton broke TV records, pulling in 84 million viewers.

That one shattered the previous viewership record of 80.6 million set in the 1980 Reagan-Carter debate.

On Tuesday night, around 73.1 million people tuned in on 16 networks for the first primetime political duel between the White House contenders, according to Nielsen.

Mr Trump on Wednesday responded to the preliminary numbers by saying "some day these Fake Media Companies are going to miss me, very badly".

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.View original tweet on Twitter

Though official streaming numbers for the debate have yet to be released, YouTube livestreams from just the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, CBS and ABC, for example, racked up over 20 million views combined.

Many other media outlets streamed the debate on YouTube. How many people listened on the radio or other formats is also unclear.

The next election debate will be between the running mates: Vice-President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris on 7 October in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mr Trump and Mr Biden will return to the stage two more times, on 15 October in Miami, Florida, and 22 October in Nashville, Tennessee.

Election day is on 3 November.

What questions do you have about the US election?

The US election process can be confusing. The BBC is here to help make sense of it.

Send us your questions using the form below. If you can't see the form, you may need to view the site on a desktop.

In some cases, your question will be published, displaying your name, age and location as you provide it, unless you state otherwise. Your contact details will never be published. Please ensure you have read our terms & conditions and privacy policy.