Whoever wins Monday’s long-awaited presidential debate — and of course, each side will declare its own candidate the winner once it’s over — the biggest winner will be the networks carrying the program and the companies who purchased ad time.
Everyone knows that Trump’s appearance on the Republican candidates debates brought in massive viewership, as fans and detractors alike tuned in to see the unpredictable showman in action. At The Hill, Joe Concha looks at predictions that Monday’s show will break ratings records:
The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump promises to be the most watched ever, with an audience that could exceed 100 million people, according to experts interviewed by The Hill.
A debate with an audience that size would be something never seen before in U.S. politics and would be a figure close to what the Super Bowl gets.
The figure would be even more remarkable in an era in which Americans have countless cable and streaming options.
The 1983 finale of “M*A*S*H” is the only television show that has hit the 100 million mark.
Unlike this year’s previous debates, the Clinton/Trump showdown, while hosted by NBC’s Lester Holt, will be carried on all broadcast networks, along with cable channels, Univision and PBS.
The broadcast will coincide with Monday Night Football, however, so that may prevent it from hitting the coveted “100 million viewer” record.
Source: The Hill