If the Obama campaign was hoping Wednesday night's debacle in Denver would go unnoticed,Company has some bad news: More than 67 million Americans tuned in to watch the first televised debate between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
That’s a 28% increase over 2008’s Obama-McCain debate, according to Joanne Ostrow of The Denver Post. That makes it the highest rated first election-season debate since 1980 and the most watched presidential debate since 1992.
Surprisingly, 12 million of those viewers were 18- to-34-year-olds. The bulk of the audience, 30 million, were age 55-plus, Ostrow notes.
Most accounts had Romney cleaning Obama's clock in the Mile High City.
Here's Nielsen's breakdown by network:
FOX NEW CHANNEL: 10,421,380