4:15pm November 20, 2012

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney Beat Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera… in Ratings


Remember the ratings for the three presidential debates? The first was watched by 72 million people.  The  third, which was the lowest rated, reached 59 million viewers.

Interestingly, the “American Music Awards” suffered the smallest audience in 40 years of the show’s history — 11 million people — on Sunday night. Even though the broadcast featured performances by Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Carrie Underwood and Pitbull, the show still didn’t top any of the presidential debate performances in audience share or total numbers.

“An estimated 59.2 million people tuned in across 11 networks to watch Monday’s final face-off between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney before Election Day,” the Washington Post wrote in October.

About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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