Early Ratings: Biden's ABC Town Hall Tops Trump's on NBC


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Via:  sister-mary-agnes-ample-bottom  •  2 weeks ago  •  9 comments

By:   Tony Maglio (TheWrap)

Early Ratings: Biden's ABC Town Hall Tops Trump's on NBC
Initial Nielsen numbers don't include MSNBC viewership or time-zone adjustments

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And the (ratings) battle of the Thursday town halls goes to…former Vice President Joe Biden and ABC! For now, at least.

On ABC, Biden drew 12.7 million viewers from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. On NBC alone, Trump got 10.4 million viewers in the same time slot.

Including the full 9 o'clock hour for Biden, the ABC event's viewership average was 12.2 million.

Biden also beat Trump among adults 18-49, with a 2.6 rating to the president's 1.7 rating.

The Trump town hall aired on NBC and was simulcast on NBCU cable channels MSNBC and CNBC. Trump was live coast-to-coast on cable, but waited for 8 p.m. PT for west-coasters. A few NBC affiliates in the Mountain and Pacific time zones may have elected to air Trump live.

The Biden town hall aired live coast-to-coast on ABC (and only ABC), which makes the above Nielsen numbers subject to significant adjustment for that network.

We'll get the cable ratings — and final Nielsen numbers, which will be adjusted for time zone differences and include out-of-home viewing — later today.

To make things even less apples-to-apples, while both town halls started at 8 p.m. ET, Biden's ran longer. While Trump's event ended at 9 p.m. ET, Biden continued with moderator George Stephanopoulos until about 9:30 p.m. ET. The former vice president of the United States then stuck around answering questions from the sparse audience, though ABC News' analysis ran over that audio.

Also Read:Conan O'Brien Just Beat Any Trump Town Hall Joke You've Got

NBC's Oct. 5 Biden town hall initially drew 3.8 million viewers, according to the early, comparable (to our above numbers) data set from Nielsen.

In final, adjusted numbers that also — and more importantly — lumped in cable channels MSNBC (2.7 million) and CNBC (171,000), the Oct. 5 Biden town hall jumped to 6.7 million viewers, making the simulcast the most-watched town hall of the 2020 cycle.

It also topped the 2016 town halls.

An additional 2 million viewers streamed the event on NBC News Now, NBC said.

Also Read:Savannah Guthrie's Trump Town Hall Performance Gets Rave Reviews From Journalists

Prior to Thursday, Trump's lone town hall audience came in at 4 million viewers Sept. 15 on ABC, according to Nielsen. That broadcast-only number was better than Biden's Oct. 5 NBC-only haul of 3.9 million viewers, which goes to show the power of a simulcast.

ABC, which is owned by Disney, does not really have cable channels that would make sense for a news programming simulcast. (We're looking at you, ESPN and Freeform.)

In addition to his two thus far this October, Biden has had eight — yes, eight — other town halls in the past year or so. All have aired solely on CNN.


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Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    2 weeks ago

$50 says Trump will want a re-count.

1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1    2 weeks ago

There was one moronic twit in the audience behind the trumpturd who appeared to be agreeing with everything the moronic shithead said.  

1.1.1  Ender  replied to  Tessylo @1.1    2 weeks ago

I read about that. The donald bobblehead.

Probably a paid staff member.

1.2  JBB  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1    2 weeks ago

Butt, Biden's margin of victory is probably going to be over ten million votes. It is going to be glorious!

1.2.1  MUVA  replied to  JBB @1.2    2 weeks ago


2  Kavika     2 weeks ago

The line of the night on Trump town hall was when the moderator said to him. 

Trump replied, “That was a retweet, that was an opinion of somebody … I’ll put it out there, people can decide for themselves.” “I don’t get that,” Guthrie replied. “You’re the president, you’re not like someone’s crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever.”

LMAO, classic.

Dismayed Patriot
2.1  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  Kavika @2    2 weeks ago
"You’re the president, you’re not like someone’s crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever."

This was the only false statement by Guthrie during the townhall. We all know Trump is exactly like someone's crazy uncle who just retweets whatever.

2.2  JohnRussell  replied to  Kavika @2    2 weeks ago

Savannah Guthrie was great. She calmly sat there asking good questions and letting Trump make a fool out of himself. 

3  JBB    2 weeks ago

Biden performed admirably. Trump doesn't do that...

How can y'all observe Trump lying and vote for him?


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