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NBC News Commander-in-Chief Forum Seen by 14.7 Million Viewers

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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.

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  1. Matt Lauer is one of the worst interviewers on the planet! NBC ended up with egg on their faces and suspicions that Trump may have secretly paid Lauer money to softball him and attack Hillary Clinton. Since Lauer is a registered Republican, he should have been disqualified from moderating and if paid by Trump, he should be suspended or fired!

    • Lauer is not registered with any Party and is known to be a Democratic supporter.

      He’s been criticized rightly for one thing (being too soft on Trump) and wrongly for another (daring to direct real questions at Saint Hilary of the Media).

      Has he done the reverse, he’d have been lauded by the same people criticizing him. You just don’t question the Annointed One. He shall be excluded from our parties from now on.

  2. I was reading, not sure if it is true, that they had considered some other NBC real journalists but chose Lauer. Not for sure what in the world they were thinking.
    As well, I wonder if Lauer himself chose the questions or if he was given them. They were terrible. I thought that it was to be solely focused on the military, defense, etc.

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