Clinton-Trump forum a ratings winner
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NBC’s “Commander-in-Chief Forum,” featuring Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDoes Joe Biden really want to be president? Trump team picks fight with Twitter, TV networks over political speech Why Gretchen Whitmer's stock is rising with Team Biden MORE and Republican Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' MORE, was a winner for the broadcast network.


The one-hour event Wednesday night — moderated by Matt Lauer from New York — beat out CBS's "Big Brother" and Fox's "MasterChef," easily taking first in the overall audience race with 10.77 million viewers, nearly doubling the 5.97 million people who tuned in for "Big Brother."

In the 18- to 49-year-old demographic that advertisers covet most, however, the Clinton-Trump forum could only manage a tie for second with "Big Brother," with a 1.8 rating.

NBC's sister network, MSNBC, also carried the event live. Numbers for MSNBC's ratings compared with Fox News and CNN will be out later Thursday.

The highly anticipated event marked the first time the presidential nominees have appeared on the same stage, albeit not at the same time.