NYT: 70 Million People Watched Last Night's Debate - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
NYT: 70 Million People Watched Last Night’s Debate

The consensus is in. Nine out of 10 talking heads in your TV agree that Mitt Romney won last night’s debate, hands down. The question is: Was anybody paying attention? Well… yes, the New York Times reports:

The first of three presidential debates between President Obama and Mitt Romney reached more than 70 million viewers on Wednesday night.

Nielsen, a television measurement company, said 67.2 million viewers watched on television at home — the highest number for a first debate since 1980. That year, 80.6 million watched the only debate between President Jimmy Carter and the Republican presidential candidate, Ronald Reagan.

Also of note:

TiVo, which tracks the rewinding behavior of digital video recorder owners, found that the most-rewound moment of the debate came at 9:27, when Mr. Romney mentioned his plan to cut funding from PBS (and gave Big Bird a shout-out).

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