ABC News scores with Presidential Debate

Ratings: ABC News wins Presidential Debate viewing, and helps deliver record numbers to Planet America.

Interest in PT Barnum’s Circus the US Presidential Debate was a drawcard for ABC yesterday.

ABC News topped multichannels at 215,000 viewers yesterday morning, ahead of those watching on Nine (173,000), Seven (139,000) and SBS (83,000).

But it also helped deliver record numbers to Planet America in primetime at 430,000, winning its 9:30 slot.

Elsewhere The Block won its slot at 828,000 viewers ahead of Hard Quiz (705,000), 7:30 (654,000), Highway Patrol (449,000 / 443,000), The Masked Singer USA at just 285,000.

Mad as Hell led its slot at (585,000), then Utopia (356,000), The Front Bar (342,000), and Australian Crime Stories (328,000).

Nine network won Wednesday with 29.3% then Seven 27.2%, ABC 19.3%, 10 16.7% and SBS 7.5%.

Nine News was best for Nine at 1.02m / 990,000. A Current Affair drew 691,000 then Hot Seat 507,000 / 306,000. Footy Classified was 154,000 in 3 cities.

Seven News was #1 at 1.05m / 993,000 for Seven. Home & Away was 581,000 and The Chase drew 573,000 / 351,000. The Latest was 285,000.

ABC News won its slot at 773,000. The Drum was 221,000.

The Project pulled 525,000 / 319,000 for 10. 10 News (355,000 / 217,000) and Bull (204,000 / 160,000) followed.

On SBS it was SBS World News (174,000), Arabia with Levison Wood (169,000), Hillary (127,000), Mastermind (68,000) and The Good Fight at just 65,000.

Sunrise: 261,000
Today: 211,000
News Breakfast: 138,000 / 58,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 30 September 2020

14 Responses

  1. The US Presidential Debate was one of the worst debates ever. Not only were both leaders lacking decorum, I thought the blatant bias and lack of neutrality of the moderator was also terrible. I only hope they take on and address all the criticisms and issues with how the debate is conducted before the next debates.

    Subsequent news reports had seemingly twisted semantics or made their own assumptions about the meanings of debate statements to match their bias. It goes for any reporting that it should be reported solely what was said, without the reporters implying the meaning of what was said and what was not said without clarification from the person making the statements. Can’t the news consumers make up their own minds?

      1. I’ll agree. It’s the worst I’ve ever seen. Just covering in case there were ever any leader debates in some country throughout history that ended up in fisticuffs. I also agree with many of the other comments. America is going to need all the blessings it can get. Big population to choose from but consistently poor leadership. I thought Obama was the only standout leader and exception in recent history.

  2. Watched about 10 minutes in the middle of it, couldn’t watch any more than that what a shambles, both a couple of half wits behaving like that. Where’s the policies, just mud slinging, how embarrassing for America to have that shown to the world.
    I was thinking should just turn their mic off when others turn.

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