Debate Ratings Surprise

Here is some good news for ABC for whatever reason, which we have no idea why. On this the day of the Vice Presidential, debate from St. Louis, Missouri that will be moderated by Gwen Ifill. The first debate between McCain and Obama was ratings win for which network, ABC. That is right we said ABC, why we do not know but numbers do not lie. During the nine pm hour on that Friday night which includes the actual debate. This is not the talking heads before; this was the actual face-to-face debate. The rating for the alphabet net was a 6.4/10 against NBC 4.9/8, and CBS 4.8/8. This is impressive and is a credit to the strides the news department at ABC has made. The coverage was hosted by Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, although for this hour there were not even on the screen. The terribly week CBS news department is the reason they are number three you can blame anyone from Bob Schieffer to Katie Couric. The vacuum that was left by the death of Tim Russert at NBC and the guilt by association with MSNBC could be the reason for the lag over there. This could even be because the viewer watches that channel for late local news. This will be an interesting ratings war to watch, as it has nothing to do with people, opinion, or a Fox, CNN type battle. In an interesting side note, will the debate over the next leader of the free world the plenty of people who choose to watch CW showing of Smackdown had received a rating of 2.5/4.


Countdown to the vice presidential debate: Tonight
Countdown to the second presidential debate 7 days
Countdown to the third presidential debate: 15 days
Countdown to Election Day 2008: 34 days
Countdown to Inauguration Day 2009: 111 days


Said I’m a mean machine
Been drinkin’ gasoline
An honey you can make my motor hum
W.Axl Rose Nightrain (1987)

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