Nearly 20 Million Fewer Americans Watch 2012’s VP Debate Than in 2008

Nielsen’s ratings for the Vice Presidential debate are out.  They’re not bad.  The debate in and of itself seems to be doing some considerable damage to the Obama/Biden ticket considering Biden’s immature behavior.

NEW YORK (AP) – Paul Ryan debating Joe Biden wasn’t quite the same television draw as Sarah Palin versus Biden was four years ago.

An estimated 51.4 million people watched Ryan, the Republican challenger, debate Vice President Biden, a Democrat, on Thursday night, said Nielsen, the company that measures television audiences.

Four years ago, just under 70 million people watched Palin debate Biden. But that was unusual; it was a debate that had more viewers than even any presidential contest dating back to 1992.

Excluding 2008, [emphasis added] the Biden-Ryan debate had a larger audience than any other vice presidential debate since George Bush was matched up with Geraldine Ferraro in 1984, Nielsen said.

You can read the whole thing here.

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