The earliest numbers from the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Monday night indicate record highs.
As the two candidates went head to head at Hofstra University in New York, the “Big Four” networks — ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — averaged a total 31.2 rating among households, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
That is more than double last week’s Sunday Night Football rating. (RELATED: Rudy Giuliani: ‘Lester Holt Should Be Ashamed Of Himself’)
NBC had the largest audience among the broadcast networks as it averaged an 11 household rating, according to Nielsen’s preliminary fast national ratings. The network’s own host, Lester Holt, moderated the debate. (RELATED: Judging By These Facebook Numbers, Everyone Was Watching Donald Trump Debate Hillary Clinton)
ABC averaged a 9/13 rating, CBS had 7.5/10, and Fox had 3.7/5.
This piece will be updated as more numbers are released Tuesday