Ratings Fall During Second Debate Between Donald Trump And Hillary Clinton
The ratings for the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were significantly lower than the first matchup.
The town hall-style debate at Washington University in St. Louis averaged a 37.2 household rating — down almost 20 percent from the first debate, which averaged a 46.2 overnight rating.
Because the air debuted live across the country, the numbers are expected to change throughout the day.
As Variety noted, the overnight ratings do exclude markets that were hit by Hurricane Matthew, including Jacksonville and Orlando, Fla., Norfolk, Va., and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
A record 84 million viewers watched the first debate at Hofstra University in New York. (RELATED: Donald Trump And Hillary Clinton Just Put Up The Biggest Debate Numbers Ever)
During the second debate, Trump and Clinton sparred over the surfaced audio of him making lewd comments about women.
“With prior Republican nominees for president, I disagreed with them, politics, policies and principles, but I never questioned their fitness to serve. Donald Trump is different,” Clinton told the crowd. “I said starting back in June that he was not fit to be president and commander in chief.” (RELATED: Here’s Who Won The Debate, According To The Internet)
“What we all saw and heard on Friday was Donald talking about women. What he thinks about women. What he does to women. And he has said that the video doesn’t represent who he is. But I think it’s clear to anyone who heard it that it represents exactly who he is.”
Trump hit back by bringing up Bill Clinton’s rape accusations.
“Bill Clinton was abusive to women,” Trump said. “Hillary Clinton attacked those same women and attacked them viciously.”
“If you look at Bill Clinton — far worse. Mine are words and his were actions. There’s never been anybody in the history of politics in this nation that’s been so abusive to women.”
“So don’t tell me about words,” he said. “I absolutely, I apologize to those words. … When Hillary brings up a point like that and she talks about words that I said 11 years ago, I think it’s disgraceful, and I think she should be ashamed of herself.” (RELATED: Bill Clinton Remains Stone-Faced As Donald Trump Brings Up Rape Accusations During Debate)