Primetime Ratings: ABC Wins Debate Drama

Donald Trump and Joe Biden during the first presidential debate in Cleveland
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ABC won Tuesday prime, putting up robust numbers for the contentious debate between President Trump and Joe Biden. Pre-game show Trump vs. Biden: The Main Event got a 1.2 and the debate got a 2.6 across its two hours, with 10.3 million total viewers.  

NBC had the premiere of game show Weakest Link, hosted by Jane Lynch, at 1.3. The debate got a 2.0. 

CBS and Fox both scored a 0.9/4. On CBS, Love Island shot up 50% to 0.6 and the debate notched a 1.1. 

Fox had Cosmos: Possible Worlds at 0.5, up from the previous week’s 0.4 and 0.3 across two hours, and the debate at 1.3. 

Telemundo and Univision both scored a 0.4/2. Telemundo had Decision 2020 across prime. 

Univision had Dulce Ambicion at a flat 0.3 and Destino 2020 Presenta: El Primer Debate at 0.4. 

The CW got a 0.1/1. A Whose Line Is It Anyway? rerun led into the Tell Me a Story season closer at 0.1. 

Michael Malone

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.