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 independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been 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 weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for NBCNews.com and TheRoot.com Ms. Burke has also authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics creator 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. E-mail: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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