The figures are of viewership across 15 networks that carried the event from roughly 9 Pm Et to 11 Pm Et.
The viewership dropped 14% from the 73.1 million who watched the first debate on September 29. It also was lower than the audience for the final debate of 2016 between Trump and Hillary Clinton. That event, on October 19, 2016, drew 71.6 million viewers.
Updated, 11:19 Am: There are still more outlets to come, but right now the final presidential debate of the 2020 campaign is no 2016 or even last month.
Facing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, colder weather and record-breaking early voting, the public tuned out the last clash between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, at least at this stage. Nielsen has the 9-10:30 p.m. Et debate that was shown on ABC,