TV scores: Presidential debate sinks with Spherical 2, Thursday soccer falls

In the latest TV ratings, the second presidential debate recorded 23 million viewers on ABC, CBS and NBC, a decrease of 20 percent from the broadcast-only numbers for last month’s first audition, which also aired on Fox.

TVLine readers gave presenter Kristen Welker an average grade of “B” compared to Chris Wallace’s “D-” on the first debate (and Susan Cage’s “C-” from VP presenter Susan Page).

In the first round of Trump / Biden, 34.1 million television viewers were reported in the Nielsen finals, and then a total of 73.1 million when cables and others were folded. Check back later for updates!


CBS | Big Brother (4.3 mil / 1.0, read summary) rose in the audience and was stable from week to week in the demo.

THE CW | Supernatural (925K / 0.3, see summary) and The Outpost (464K / 0.1) both showed up in the audience while being stable in the demo.

FOX | Thursday Night Football drew 7 million and 2.1, a 30 percent decrease from the Swift Citizens on Fox’s previous hosting of the game.

The Live + Same Day numbers given in our rating column do not reflect the overall performance of a program as there is increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, as well as viewing outside the home. Instead, these numbers (Nielsen Fast Nationals, unless labeled finals) aim to merely illustrate trends or superlatives. Warning: content can be hot!

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