NEW YORK Oct 5 The television audience for
Tuesday's vice presidential debate between Republican Mike Pence
and Democrat Tim Kaine is expected to be 40-50 million,
according to early U.S. media reports on Wednesday.
The Hollywood Reporter, citing preliminary Nielsen and
network data from the four main U.S. broadcasters, said the
debate scored a 13.2 household rating. That would translate into
a total TV audience of around 51 million - about the same figure
for the 2012 vice presidential encounter - when the numbers from
cable and other channels are included later in the day.
CNN calculated that the final audience would be in the 40-50
million range. Last week's first encounter between White House
contenders Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton
was watched by a record 84 million TV viewers.
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant)