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 HarrisBrown vows Democrats will 'find a way' to raise minimum wage Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson vs. Donald Trump: A serious comparison Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren 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 KaineWarner: White House should 'keep open additional sanctions' against Saudi crown prince Overnight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission Biden administration to give Congress full classified briefing on Syria strikes by next week 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.


Four years ago, the debate between Pence and Kaine drew 37.2 million viewers. In 2012, the showdown between then-Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits MORE and Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanCPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be Cruz hires Trump campaign press aide as communications director Bottom line 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 TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress 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 ClintonMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE and Donald Trump battle for the first time in September 2016.