The sophomore (and sophomoric, at times) debate’s final numbers marked the second-biggest audience for a second battle, falling behind George H.W. Bush-Bill Clinton-Ross Perot in 1992 (69.9 million viewers).
Individually, CBS was debate No. 2’s top dog, with 16.5 million total viewers. That broadcaster was followed by ABC (11.5 million), CNN (11.3 million), Fox News Channel (9.9 million), Fox (5.6 million), MSNBC (5.5 million), PBS (2.9 million) Univision (2.4 million), Fox Business News (565,000), CNBC (395,000) and TV Azteca (43,000).
Trump-Clinton 2 may not have broken Nielsen TV viewing records, but it did on Twitter and Facebook. On Twitter, it accounted for 17 million live tweets. Facebook saw 19.8 million U.S. users generate more than 92.4 million related likes, posts, comments and shares.
The social stats for the third go-around remain to be seen.