VP Debate Nets 37 Million Nielsen Viewers

Against record-setting TV viewing for the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a week ago, the Vice Presidential debate on Monday went in the opposite direction — posting the weakest results since 2000. 

Early Veep Debate Numbers Far From Records

Tim Kaine and Mike Pence draw nowhere near the audience of Joe Biden and Sarah Palin — likely closer to Biden and Paul Ryan four years ago.

And Now, With Less Pizazz, The VP Debate

Tim Kaine and Mike Pence square off in one of the least-anticipated showdowns in recent memory. They’re overshadowed by their larger-than-life running mates. Don’t expect Trumped-up ratings.

Nielsen: 51.4 Million Watched VP Debate

The turnout was significantly smaller than the 69.9 million viewers who watched the 2008 vice presidential debate between Sen. Joe Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin, but otherwise the highest-viewed VP debate since the George H.W. Bush-Geraldine Ferraro debate in 1984, which had 56.7 million viewers.