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Biden’s 90-minute event on ABC News garnered 14.1 million viewers, compared to 13.5 million for a full-time town hall in Trump, aired on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC. The figures, released on Friday, include those who watched town halls on television or streamed the event.
The variation of ratings may hurt for a prominent president who is obsessed with the press, but more importantly, it indicates that more eyeballs are in Biden at a time when Trump desperately needs to shake the race as shown in him by the polls catching the former vice president of the country’s double digits.
Biden fails to offer Trump a major gaffe or viral moment, instead holding a low key, focused on town hall policy with the host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosThe choice: Competence versus chaos OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA may violate courts with new rules extending the life of unskilled ash ash funds | Trump reverses course, approves aid for wildf California climate change, national security among topics for final Trump-Biden debate asked Biden town hall works as spokesman for Obama administration : report MORE. Meanwhile, Trump repeatedly clashed with NBC host Savannah Guthrie and raised an eyebrow when he refused to condemn QAnon’s unsuspecting conspiracy theory.
It appears that many people last night were interested in watching a leader with a clear plan to control this pandemic and return to work the Americans, rather than the same militant, chaotic liar whose incompetence went to us in This mess – regardless of how many channels he was on, ”tweeted the Biden spokesperson TJ Ducklo.
It turns out that many people last night were interested in watching a leader with a clear plan to control this pandemic and return to work the Americans, rather than the same militant, chaotic liar whose incompetence went into this mess – regardless of how many channels he has on https://t.co/kvN89pCzAX
– TJ Ducklo (@TDucklo) October 16, 2020
Biden’s stronger watch may also indicate a more liberal MSNBC audience refusing to watch the president.
The latest figures indicate that town halls garnered higher viewing than previous events, including 6.7 million viewers for Biden in a hall on October 5 and 3.8 million for Trump in September on ABC, indicating a possible increase in election interest. Dueling town halls also took place the same night a second debate in front of the head had to be aired before it could be cleared of disputes in its virtual format.
However, ratings dropped compared to the 73 million viewers of the first debate held last month.
NBC News is facing criticism of its scheduling of the Trump event in conjunction with the Biden town hall, which has been in the books for more than a week, making it difficult for viewers to watch both candidates.