The NBC News Commander-in-Chief Forum drew a total of 14.7 million viewers on NBC and MSNBC on Wednesday, more than any broadcast network primary debate of this election cycle.
According to Nielsen Fast National data, the one-hour program averaged 4.0 million viewers A25-54 (3.3 rating) and 3.0 million viewers A18-49 (2.4 rating) on the NBC and MSNBC simulcast. The total forum rating represents the NBC primetime airing (8 p.m. ET), the 5 p.m. PT live airing on a selection of West Coast NBC affiliates, and the 8 p.m. ET MSNBC live airing.
This first joint event of the general election featuring presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, moderated by Matt Lauer (whose performance is being criticized as a “disaster”), finished first in network primetime on Wednesday i n total viewers and all key demos. Of the total forum audience, over 3.43 million viewers watched live on MSNBC, including 856,000 viewers A25-54.