57 million people watched Wednesday's VP debate across eighteen channels on television. About 37 million people watched the 2016 debate between Pence and Tim Kaine. Mike Pence and Kamala Harris on Wednesday night across ABC, CNN, CBS, FOX, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, and PBS. Fox News was the most-watched outlet, with 11.5 million viewers.
Fifth best result that any vice presidential debate has scored since they first started in 1976.
The total TV audience for the Pence-Harris debate will increase when Nielsen releases finalized data later in the day on Thursday. But the substantial increase from 2016 immediately stood out when the initial Nielsen numbers were shared with the networks.
Last week's presidential debate between Biden and President Trump netted more than 73 million viewers.