Regardless of where you stand on the issues, here are some facts that no one can argue. For fun. Or for, you know, discussion as you make your way through today.
NBC drew a 15 share from 9-10:39pm E.T., according to Nielsen’s early numbers. ABC scored a 9.0/13, CBS drew a 7.5/10, and Fox shoed a 3.7/5. Coming in second during that time period was “The Big Bang Theory” at a 3.7/5. What’s more, the debates aired commercial-free on the networks, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, PBS and in Spanish on Univision and Telemundo. (Source: Variety)
A Night of Interruptions
Trump interrupted Clinton 51 times and Clinton interrupted Trump 17 times by the end of the night. Moderator Lester Holt interrupted Clinton, too, 15 times. In the first 26 minutes of the debate, Hillary Clinton was interrupted 40 times. (Source: Vox.com)
Early Polls Are In
The first post-debate poll numbers are in. The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Clinton ahead by 5 percentage points, with 41 percent of likely voters. Another poll from Reuters/Ipsos showed that half of American voters would rely on the debates to help them make their choice. More than half of those polled, 61 percent, were hoping for a civil debate and weren’t interested in the bitterness we’ve seen so far. (Source: ABC Australia)
Fact Checking Was HYUGE Online
Digital outlets went to town fact checking both candidates. Just entering the word “fact” into Google already yields results like: “fact check” and “fact check debate.” Those in on the digital fact-checking game included CNN, NPR, PolitiFact, New York Times, Fortune, ABC News, The Washington Post, USA Today… heck—even LifeHacker.
Trump Dominated Social Media
On Facebook, Trump dominated conversation with 79 percent of mentions compared with 21 percent for Clinton. The top issues discussed on Facebook included: taxes, ISIS, racial issues, the economy, and crime. On Twitter, the most-tweeted topics included: the economy, foreign affairs, energy & environment, terrorism and guns. The top retweeted tweet during the debate was from Trump himself. (Source: USA Today)
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012