More than 71 million tune in for final Clinton-Trump debate

More than 71 million viewers tuned in to watch the final debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Wednesday night, according to Nielsen figures released Thursday.

The 71.6 million people who watched the Las Vegas debate was far below the 84 million who tuned in for the first Trump-Clinton debate in September — the most-watched presidential debate ever — but more than the 66.5 million viewers who watched the second debate in St. Louis earlier this month.

Four years ago, the final debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney was the lowest-rated of their meetings, drawing 59 million viewers.

On social media, Nielsen reported that there were 53.2 million interactions on Facebook and Twitter (which includes posts, tweets, retweets and likes of tweets) that pertained to the debate on Wednesday generated by 16.9 million people in the United States.


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