Apparently America wants to see Barack Obama and Mitt Romney go head-to-head. I think we have our Wrestlemania 29 main event - you hear me Vince McMahon?
The final Nielsen ratings for Wednesday's Inaugural Brawl debate are in and they are big. Real big - the biggest in 32 years.
The 90-minute debate, which was broadcast pretty much everywhere you looked, was watched by 67.2 million viewers. That's the highest first-round debate number since President Jimmy Carter went against Republican candidate Ronald Reagan in 1980 (which drew 80.6 million viewers. (NOTE: second- and third-round debates have beaten that number though.)
The biggest winner? ABC, surprisingly. It drew the most total viewers and won the adults 25-54 demo. Their coverage drew 11.25 million viewers, 4.65 million of which were in the demo. Fox News won the cable numbers.
Other networks that aired the debate include NBC, CBS, Univision, MSNBC, CNN, Telemundo, CNN Espanol, Current TV and the Fox Broadcast Network. YouTube and CNN.com both streamed the debate. The New York Times believes total viewership exceeded 70 million people.
Obama/John McCain drew 52.4 million viewers in their first debate. George W. Bush/John Kerry landed 62.5 million in their first go-round.
What did you think of the debate?