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Pence-Harris debate draws more than 50M viewers, up 26 percent from 2016

Pence-Harris debate draws more than 50M viewers, up 26 percent from 2016
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Wednesday night's debate between Vice President Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden, Harris send well wishes for Father's Day The U.S. and Mexico must revamp institutions supporting their joint efforts Harris signals a potential breakthrough in US-Mexico cooperation MORE drew 50.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research, marking a 26 percent increase from the 2016 debate between Pence and Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine Democrats introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for government discrimination Democrats scramble to unify before election bill brawl MORE (D-Va.). 

Fox News topped the seven major broadcast and cable networks with 11.315 million total viewers. ABC was second with 9.405 million, followed by CNN's 7.31 million and MSNBC's 6.67 million.

NBC was fifth with 6.55 million, while CBS attracted 5.18 million viewers and Fox-TV registered 4.1 million.

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Four years ago, the debate between Pence and Kaine drew 37.2 million viewers. In 2012, the showdown between then-Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenExpanding child tax credit could lift 4 million children out of poverty: analysis Maria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back MORE and Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNow we know why Biden was afraid of a joint presser with Putin Zaid Jilani: Paul Ryan worried about culture war distracting from issues 'that really concern him' The Memo: Marjorie Taylor Greene exposes GOP establishment's lack of power MORE (R-Wis.) delivered 50.2 million viewers.

The most-viewed vice presidential debate of all time occurred in 2008 when Biden debated then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) before more than 69 million viewers. 

Last week's chaotic debate between President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE and Biden, now the Democratic presidential nominee, scored more than 73 million viewers, which marked one of the most-watched in history but still 11 million viewers short of the 84 million who turned in to see Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: The center strikes back Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE and Donald Trump battle for the first time in September 2016.