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Biden Edges Trump in TV Ratings for Dueling Town Halls

Friday, 16 October 2020 02:08 PM

Former Vice President Joe Biden won a TV ratings battle with President Donald Trump as the two held competing town halls with voters just weeks ahead of the Nov. 3 election, according to Nielsen ratings data released on Friday.

Biden averaged 13.9 million viewers during Thursday night's 90-minute discussion on Walt Disney Co's ABC broadcast network. Trump pulled in 13 million for his 60-minute event across Comcast Corp's broadcaster NBC and the company's MSNBC and CNBC cable channels.

Ratings figures could be adjusted later on Friday.

The primetime town halls were scheduled after cancellation of a debate that had been set for the same time. Trump pulled out of the debate after it was changed to a virtual format.

During his event on ABC, Biden attacked Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. On NBC, Trump defended his response to the virus and his own personal conduct.

NBC was criticized for scheduling Trump opposite Biden after ABC had already set its event, forcing voters to choose which candidate to watch live. Trump often brags about the size of his television audiences.

Nielsen's figures reflect people who watched on television and do not include others who streamed the events via digital platforms, which are growing in popularity.

Trump and Biden are scheduled to appear in a debate next Thursday. (Reporting by Lisa Richwine Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and David Gregorio)

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