Clinton vs Trump: most watched debate ever

Clinton vs Trump: most watched debate everThe presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump gathered 84 million people in front of their TVs during 13 US TV live streaming on Monday evening.

Such number of those, who decided to watch the debate, broke a previous record set 36 years ago. Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan's debate in 1980 drew 80.6 million viewers.

The viewing figures only count those who watched the debate on the 13 US TV channels that carried it live, meaning the true figure may be much higher. Millions are also thought to have watched worldwide through online live streams or in bars and at parties.

The data provider Nielsen said that viewers stayed tuned through the 98-minute debate.

There are two more presidential debates to come between the candidates - on 9 October and 19 October - before the election on 8 November. But on 9 October, Clinton and Trump will have competition for the attention of the US. NFL teams the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants will be playing at the same time as the second debate.

On the next day after debate Clinton said she felt it had highlighted important differences between her and Trump.

"He can run his campaign and present himself however he chooses, but the real point is about temperament and fitness and qualification to hold the most important, hardest job in the world and I think people saw last night some very clear differences between us," Clinton said.

Asked how he felt about the debate on the television news programme Fox and Friends on Tuesday, Trump said it had gone well, but complained that the moderator Lester Holt had not pressed Mrs Clinton on her "scandals".
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