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Nielsen Votes Are In: Biden's ABC Town Hall Nabs More Viewers Than Trump's Event on 3 NBC Networks

And it wasn’t even as close as you might think

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Final Nielsen numbers are in, and Joe Biden has comfortably claimed victory over Donald Trump in the battle of dueling Thursday town halls.

Biden’s town hall on ABC averaged 14.1 million total viewers across the program’s 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. time slot. From 8-9:30, which was actually Biden’s time answering questions for the benefit of the television audience, his average audience was 15.1 million total viewers. The final half-hour was saved for ABC News analysis, though Biden could be seen sticking around to converse with the sparse and socially distanced studio audience.

Trump’s town hall, which was simulcast across NBC, MSNBC and CNBC, drew 13.5 million from 8 to 9 p.m. Looking at it head-to-head, Biden’s 14.3 million total viewers from 8-9 made his margin of victory about 800,000 viewers.

Trump’s simulcast tune-in breaks down like this: NBC’s broadcast channel drew 10.9 million total viewers, MSNBC added 1.8 million and CNBC chipped in with 720,000 viewers.

Clearly, it was not enough to topple Biden on ABC alone.

More to come…

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