Ryan/Biden debate drew 51.4 million viewers at home

posted at 7:22 pm on October 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

No other circus has ever drawn more.

Nielsen, a television ratings company, estimated Friday that 51.4 million viewers watched at home on one of the 12 rated networks that showed the debate. Nielsen’s total did not include television viewers in offices, restaurants, bars, or other areas, nor did it include any Web viewers.

The Oct. 3 debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney garnered about 67.2 million viewers at home, according to Nielsen, and untold millions more via the Web.

Unlike Mr. Obama and Mr. Romney, Mr. Biden and Mr. Ryan had stiff competition from two big sporting events: a baseball playoff game between the Yankees and the Orioles and an NFL match-up between the Steelers and the Titans. Both games were watched by between 5 and 6 million viewers, potentially deflating the vice presidential debate audience.

Here’s a ratings chart of prior VP debates for comparison. The Palin/Biden match four years ago is in a class by itself, but until last night, the only other to crack 50 million was Bush/Ferraro in 1984. No surprise that debates featuring the first Republican and Democratic women on the tickets would be big draws. More than half of last night’s viewers were over 55, which, per Politico, may explain why Biden addressed the camera directly when talking about seniors. It might also explain his theatrical disdain for Ryan: Seniors lean Republican and they’ve proved more or less immune to Democratic Mediscaring so far, so maybe Greasy Joe figured the way to make them waver was to show that the young guy simply isn’t worth taking seriously.

Here’s fair-and-balanced newsman David Shuster dutifully rattling off the party line on Current TV, capped by the surreal assertion that Biden just made himself the frontrunner in 2016. Back in reality, if the Democratic field proved so incredibly weak in four years that The Joker really did emerge as likely nominee, Hillary would be drafted by panicky party elders and would roundly crush him in the primaries. No one believes her when she says she’s tired of politics, but even if she is, the fact that the only thing standing between her and becoming the first major party woman nominee is a guy prone to remarking aloud about how many Indians work at 7-11 would ultimately draw her in. Easy pickings.

But since we’re talking about unlikely electoral realities, here’s your sinister exit question via a trouble-making Philip Klein: Could Biden end up becoming … Romney’s VP? Click the image to watch.


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Atomic.

Del Dolemonte on October 12, 2012 at 7:24 PM


The veep debate, in one image

Seven Percent Solution on October 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM

A plea from Shyster to be relevant…

d1carter on October 12, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Hey, we need the photo on the front page of Biden and his imaginary beach ball.

http://spectator.org/blog/2012/10/11/bidens-goal-was-the-wrong-one

INC on October 12, 2012 at 7:27 PM

The Joker is still popular..?

d1carter on October 12, 2012 at 7:28 PM

If I wanted to hear an old angry white man scream for 90 minutes I could go to a soccer game, or just kick a random golden-age neighbor in the heinies…

Archivarix on October 12, 2012 at 7:29 PM

The elephant in the middle of the room is that Biden acted like a loon. Most of the MSM is ignoring that. I can’t, and won’t. It that how Biden conducts policy discussions with others? He demeaned the dignity of his office.

Paul-Cincy on October 12, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Why was Biden allowed onstage without a leash?

aunursa on October 12, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Nice. The more people that saw Biden make an ass of himself the better.

The Notorious G.O.P on October 12, 2012 at 7:30 PM

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canopfor on October 12, 2012 at 7:30 PM

No one…NO ONE…is refuting anything Paul Ryan said. It’s all about Biden’s lies or his slimy grin.

SouthernGent on October 12, 2012 at 7:31 PM

How many people started out watching, and how many stayed through to the end?

El_Terrible on October 12, 2012 at 7:32 PM

A little on the light side.

Bmore on October 12, 2012 at 7:32 PM

But since we’re talking about unlikely electoral realities, here’s your sinister exit question via a trouble-making Philip Klein: Could Biden end up becoming … Romney’s VP?

Can you please not insult us all by passing this question off as if it were some sort of surprise loophole?

In the extraordinary event of a tie in the Electoral College, the House picks the president and the Senate the vice president, as outlined by the Constitution. This is basic stuff that is only fresh and exciting to the people who, I don’t know, don’t spend their time reading political blogs and delving into the finer points of United States politics?

KingGold on October 12, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Could Biden end up becoming … Romney’s VP? Click the image to watc

well, that’s helluva way to cap off this week Allah. …. gee thanks.

ted c on October 12, 2012 at 7:33 PM

The veep debate, in one image

Seven Percent Solution on October 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Love it,and one back at ya!:)
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Andrew Kaczynski ‏@BuzzFeedAndrew

The scariest Biden GIF to come out of the debate. http://twitpic.com/b3ivyx

http://twitpic.com/b3ivyx

canopfor on October 12, 2012 at 7:34 PM

I hope seniors are not gullible enough to buy Biden’s malarkey. Hopefully they are upset at Biden being rude to that nice clean cut young man.

SAZMD on October 12, 2012 at 7:35 PM

So, Joe was smart enough to know who was watching the debate before it happened but not smart enough to control his Joker impressions..?

d1carter on October 12, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Crazy Joe Plugs made a National spectacle of himself and the Office he sadly holds. Paul Ryan will restore the integrity and Crazy Joe Plugs will lose his Secret Service Renters…It all works itself out!

Tbone McGraw on October 12, 2012 at 7:36 PM

The elephant in the middle of the room is that Biden acted like a loon. Most of the MSM is ignoring that. I can’t, and won’t. It that how Biden conducts policy discussions with others? He demeaned the dignity of his office.

Paul-Cincy on October 12, 2012 at 7:29 PM

I don’t think it’s been ignored. I think his boorish behavior was covered quite extensively. I also think it’s the one thing everyone will remember about this debate, especially after SNL gets done with Crazy Joe. None of the major media outlets are saying Biden was the clear victor. This debate didn’t change much. Frank Luntz’s group last night was proof of that.

Corporal Tunnel on October 12, 2012 at 7:36 PM

David Shuster: “Joe Biden Made Himself The Frontrunner For 2016″
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canopfor on October 12, 2012 at 7:38 PM

GaffeBiden just opened up a new can of Libya Whoop*ss!!

canopfor on October 12, 2012 at 7:39 PM

There was a poll released this week showing Romney ahead in one of Maine’s congressional districts. This could end up being huge factor as a tiebreaker.

Mark1971 on October 12, 2012 at 7:43 PM

OT- FBI getting closer to a Jesse Jackson JR indictment…..

Guess they aren’t buying the Bi-Polar shtick.

How insensitive.

FlaMurph on October 12, 2012 at 7:49 PM

“Knock-knock!”
“Who’s there?”
“Joe Biden.”
“Joe Bide–”
“HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA, HA!!!”

clayj on October 12, 2012 at 7:50 PM

There was a poll released this week showing Romney ahead in one of Maine’s congressional districts. This could end up being huge factor as a tiebreaker.

Mark1971 on October 12, 2012 at 7:43 PM

How sweet would that be if it made the difference. Of course, I would rather have a Romney landslide…

SAZMD on October 12, 2012 at 7:51 PM

http://twitpic.com/b3ivyx

canopfor on October 12, 2012 at 7:34 PM

:)

*clink*

Seven Percent Solution on October 12, 2012 at 7:52 PM

The veep debate, in one image

Seven Percent Solution on October 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM

A classic. Run thed add on fairness from their lying lips.

Don L on October 12, 2012 at 7:56 PM

I had trouble watching it. I’ve never seen a side-show-Joe type person in a serious debate so I wasn’t sure if I was watching a debate or some satire from The Onion.

Key West Reader on October 12, 2012 at 7:59 PM

So, Joe was smart enough to know who was watching the debate before it happened but not smart enough to control his Joker impressions..?

d1carter on October 12, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Haha, yeah. It’s funny how Allah always likes to dig deep into the opposition mindset and find the true reasons for such and such…dude, sometimes people are just F’ing idiots…if we’re talking about leftists and/or Joe Chompers it’s more like all the time.

jaygatz33 on October 12, 2012 at 8:01 PM

No one…NO ONE…is refuting anything Paul Ryan said. It’s all about Biden’s lies or his slimy grin.

SouthernGent on October 12, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Squirrel

Key West Reader on October 12, 2012 at 8:01 PM

OT- FBI getting closer to a Jesse Jackson JR indictment…..

Guess they aren’t buying the Bi-Polar shtick.

How insensitive.

FlaMurph on October 12, 2012 at 7:49 PM

FlaMurph:Correct:)
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http://www.suntimes.com/15716117-761/feds-probing-suspicious-activity-in-rep-jesse-jackson-jrs-finances-sources.html

canopfor on October 12, 2012 at 8:02 PM

The Yankees win! Theeeeeeee YANKEES win!!!

JohnGalt23 on October 12, 2012 at 8:02 PM

that is seriously bizarre. does he know how old biden is?

wasn’t he the guy that showed up in a hunter’s vest on msnbc once?

r keller on October 12, 2012 at 8:03 PM

…I thought 70 million watched
Palin and Biteme four years ago?..

KOOLAID2 on October 12, 2012 at 8:03 PM

http://twitpic.com/b3ivyx

canopfor on October 12, 2012 at 7:34 PM

:)

*clink*

Seven Percent Solution on October 12, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Seven Percent Solution:*Le Clink* back at cha:)

canopfor on October 12, 2012 at 8:05 PM

LOOK AT IT! Look at your modern Democratic party, and drink deep.

SMACKRUNNER on October 12, 2012 at 8:13 PM

I’ll bet that most of last night’s viewers were women the last demo that is going to respond well to Biden’s antics. I can tell from some of the lefties on cable that their private focus groups didn’t go well. This is what you get when your debate prep consists of watching the cartoon channel.

rik on October 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM

I’ll bet that most of last night’s viewers were women the last demo that is going to respond well to Biden’s antics. I can tell from some of the lefties on cable that their private focus groups didn’t go well. This is what you get when your debate prep consists of watching the cartoon channel.

rik on October 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Mixed with Ryan’s P90x pics…the real AtomicBomb.

CW on October 12, 2012 at 8:31 PM

I’ll bet that most of last night’s viewers were women the last demo that is going to respond well to Biden’s antics. I can tell from some of the lefties on cable that their private focus groups didn’t go well. This is what you get when your debate prep consists of watching the cartoon channel.

rik on October 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM

My husband and I spoke with one low info voter (women) each today…
Biden’s performance was a disaster.

MontanaMmmm on October 12, 2012 at 8:41 PM

So, Joe was smart enough to know who was watching the debate before it happened but not smart enough to control his Joker impressions..?

d1carter on October 12, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Thought the smile looked a little more like something out of The Shining. “Heeeeres Joey”.

TXUS on October 12, 2012 at 8:43 PM

As much as I like Paul Ryan, the thought of Joe Biden as Romney’s VP would be too compelling for me.

“Hey, Biden – more coffee, and make it snappy, boy!”

Bouncing Beatnik on October 12, 2012 at 8:58 PM

We watched the debate with a high school student from Germany whom we are hosting. He was glued to the debate. His reaction (not verbatim, but close):

“I think when you have facts and a program like Mr. Ryan, you do not need to make faces and interrupt like Mr. Biden.”

Looks like a lot of Americans saw it that way, too.

de rigueur on October 12, 2012 at 9:03 PM

What Google can tell us about Joe Biden, Paul Ryan and ourselves — in one graphic
on October 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm
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To (kind of) quote Bill Parcells: You are what your search history says you are.

And so, for all the media critics who insist the press focuses on all the wrong things, prioritizing superficial pomp over policy heft, we give you a chart of the top search terms on Google during Thursday night’s vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan.

It’s eye-opening and reveals that deep down at places you don’t talk about at parties, you are interested in seeing Paul Ryan shirtless and, possibly, working out shirtless. Or knowing just how old Joe Biden actually is. Embrace it.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/10/12/what-google-can-tell-us-about-joe-biden-paul-ryan-and-ourselves-in-one-graphic/?wprss=rss_the-fix

canopfor on October 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM

I don’t think the President gained much by letting Joe be Joe, more like letting the laughing stock of American upstage your pathetic, arrogance on parade debate performance.

Smirky Biden upstages his boss in debate vs. Paul Ryan

DANVILLE, Ky. — Vice President Joe Biden last night gave a powerful debate performance that helped clean up President Obama’s own debate mess, but may have caused another problem — he showed up his boss.

Speakup on October 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Apolitical people I know turned the debate off after a half hour because they couldn’t take any more of the braying ass Biden.

OxyCon on October 12, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Dominating the debate is not the same thing as winning it.

Cleombrotus on October 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM

What?!?! 2 Sporting Events??? Hellooooo don’t us Michiganders get any respect around here anymore???

Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland As also played during Debate.
Tigers won!!!!

Varchild on October 12, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Dominating the debate is not the same thing as winning it.

Cleombrotus on October 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM

No but it’s a start. Blocking your opponent from simply expressing his thoughts is a worthwhile tactic if you have little to say yourself. You can do it through Biden buffoonery or Bammie’s monopolizing of the time to ramble on about nothing. If they can’t win, they’ll take a draw.

slickwillie2001 on October 12, 2012 at 10:44 PM

The Yankees win! Theeeeeeee YANKEES win!!!

JohnGalt23 on October 12, 2012 at 8:02 PM

“The horror…the horror”

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on October 12, 2012 at 11:41 PM