Presidential Debates 2012

Nielsen: 59.2 Million Watched Debate

Lowest number of viewers out of the three


59.2 million people watched the final presidential debate, the lowest turnout for a presidential debate this cycle, according to Nielsen.

Last night's foreign policy debate in Boca Raton, Fla., was carried across 11 networks, as Fox News instead ran Game 7 of the MLB NLCS playoffs, which drew 8.1 million viewers. Monday Night Football also drew 10.7 million viewers to ESPN.

The 59.2 million reflects total audiences for ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, PBS, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, CurrentTV and CNBC between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET, and for Telemundo, which aired the debate on tape delay.