The Flies Have It: 2020 Veep Debate Soars 56% Over 2016

Nearly 58 million people watched the vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris in Salt Lake City Wednesday night, an increase of 55.9% over the 37.2 million people who watched the 2016 debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine.

While there were more TV network sources of viewing this year -- as well as the inclusion of both out-of-home TV viewing and viewing from connected TV sets -- the increase is an impressive jump in the national TV audience, especially since more people likely viewed it online in 2020 than did in 2016.

Nielsen estimates that the contribution from connected TVs can boost the audience for televised political events by as much as 11%.



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