After all of the concerns about the threat to democracy in tracking ratings, the duel between Donald Trump on NBC and Joe Biden on ABC on Thursday was a very good night for Savannah Guthrie, a very good night for the Atlanta Braves, and an excellent night for the former Vice President.
While sitting with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos and voters in the Philadelphia Constitutional Hall on the night of the second presidential debate, there were concerns that Biden’s long-planned City Hall was dwarfed by the last-minute deal from the former host of the Celebrity Apprentice could become his former home network.
Those worries turned out to be unfounded as Biden, who led the poll, led Trump to the rating cleaners.
Joe Biden’s ABC Town Hall was Deep Dive TV, which was good for democracy and bad for Donald Trump – Review
The Ex-Veep between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET The Vice President and the People reached 12.2 million viewers and a 2.6 rating for adults between 18 and 49 last night. Over on Comcast’s own network, Guthrie and Miami voters grilled an irritated Trump from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET when 10.3 million Americans tuned in, with a 1.7 rating among the top demos.
You can do arithmetic, but the numbers speak loud and clear.
Now those numbers are going to change as more results come in and Trump’s town hall has the advantage of being simulated on MSNBC and CNBC as well. However, right now in the fast affiliates we call it a solid win for Joe Biden.
At Fox, the Peach state baseball team consolidated their lead in the NL Championship series 3-1 against the LA Dodgers with a 10-2 win. This was also a win for Murdoch’s own network, with ratings of 0.7 and 2.5 million viewers in Nielsen’s early numbers – results that are sure to increase when the adjusted metrics come in later.
We’ll update of course as more metrics come in … but this is how Atlanta, and probably Joe Biden, feel:
– Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 16, 2020