8.29 Million Viewers Watched the Vice Presidential Debate on the ABC Television Network

By Curt Villarosa

Oct 14, 2012 3:19pm

“Vote 2012: Vice Presidential Debate-Thu” (9:00-10:33 p.m.)

ABC News’ “Your Voice, Your Vote – 2012 Vice Presidential Debate” ran neck and neck with CBS as Thursday’s most-watched debate coverage on the broadcast networks (8.29 million vs. 8.31 million). In addition to beating NBC’s 2012 Presidential debate coverage the prior week, ABC outdrew NBC’s coverage of the Vice Presidential debate on Thursday night  by 6% in Total Viewers (8.29 million vs. 7.85 million).

 

“Vote 2012: Analysis-Thu-10/11″ (10:33-11:00 p.m.)

In Thursday’s 10:30 p.m. half-hour, ABC News’ “Vote 2012: Analysis” topped CBS’ post-debate analysis by 2% (6.06 million vs. 5.93 million).

ABC News’ Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz moderated the lively 90-minute debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan.

Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchored ABC’s special coverage of the first and only Vice Presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky on Thursday, October 11. To give viewers the whole picture on how each candidate performed and what impact it could have on the campaign going forward, Sawyer and Stephanopoulos were joined by members of ABC’s powerhouse political team including – Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper, “ABC World News” Weekend Anchor David Muir and Senior Political Correspondent Jonathan Karl, as well as ABC News Political Contributors Matthew Dowd, Nicolle Wallace and Donna Brazile.

Marc Burstein is the senior executive producer of ABC News Special Events.

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