LOS ANGELES (AP) – The final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden drew 10 million fewer viewers than their first meeting.
The Nielsen Company said Friday night that an estimated 63 million viewers debated featuring Trump and Biden. The debate was held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
The number was tallied among the 15 networks broadcasting the debate.
According to Nielsen, Fox News scored the most viewers with 14.7 million compared to other networks. The network topped ABC and NBC, which both drew more than 10 million viewers.
CNN attracted 7.2 million, MSNBC attracted 6.7 million and CBS attracted 5.5 million.
Trump and Biden’s first matchup was viewed by 73.1 million people last month. The second debate was canceled after Trump’s coronovirus infection and replaced the dueling town hall on ABC and NBC – with both presidential candidates putting together 27.6 million viewers.
Biden Town Hall reached 14.1 million people, while Trump had 13.5 million.
On Thursday, candidates debated mostly on health care, energy policy and how Trump handled the coronovirus epidemic. The two candidates also had an exchange term on the business efforts of Biden’s son.
In 2016, the first debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton attracted 84 million viewers, the most-watched debate ever. But their final debate was slightly less than 71.6 million, more than in their second matchup.