According to Nielsen, approximately 84 million viewers tuned in on Monday night to watch the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
84. Million. People. That destroys the previous record (set in 1980) where nearly 81 million watched the debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. What makes this all the more surprising is that the 84 million-viewer statistic does not even include those who watched the debate on another platform. One can expect that the total viewers would have reached the 100 million mark if it did. Continue reading