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September 30, 2008 11:59 AM

Friday's debate audience on TV was smallest ever

About 52.4 million viewers watched McCain and Obama. That's well below the 62.5 million who watched the first debate between John Kerry and George W. Bush in 2004, and not even close to the 80.6 million who watched Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan on Oct. 28, 1980. If you compare just first debates, McCain/Obama tied for last with Dole/Clinton in 1996.

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