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Where to Watch the Final Presidential Debate

Tonight is the third and final Presidential debate of this election cycle. CBS’ Bob Schieffer moderates at Lynn University in Boca Raton. Here’s a round up of what the cable and broadcast networks have planned…

Scott Pelley anchors on CBS from 9-11pmET. With Schieffer moderating, certain CBS programs — including yesterday’s “Face the Nation” and today’s “CBS This Morning” — originate from Florida. Pelley will be joined by Major Garrett of National Journal and Julianna Goldman of Bloomberg, among others.

ABC’s coverage kicks off at 9pmET with Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchoring. They will be joined during the two-hour broadcast by VP debate moderator Martha Raddatz, Christiane Amanpour, Jake Tapper, David Muir and Jonathan Karl.

Brian Williams anchors on NBC from 9pm-11pmET. Williams will be joined by David Gregory, Savannah Guthrie, Tom Brokaw, Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Richard Haass.

PBS’ coverage runs from 9-11pmET, with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff anchoring and political editor Christina Bellantoni contributing.

Plans for the cable networks after after the jump. Read more

SNL Takes on Town Hall Debate, and New York Accents

“Saturday Night Live’s” cold open was a send up of Tuesday’s Town Hall debate moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley complete with the varied accents of New York residents like 38-year-old college student Jeremy Blaustein and Giants fan/agitator Dominic Fonte, as the face-off turned into a near fist fight until Pres. Obama had the last word with a mic drop.

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CNN’s Mark Whitaker Defends Candy Crowley’s Debate Performance In Email To Staff

TMZ reports that CNN Worldwide managing editor Mark Whitaker sent an email to CNN staffers discussing Candy Crowley‘s performance as debate moderator. He praises her performance, and takes aim at her critics, writing:

“The reviews on Candy’s performance have been overwhelmingly positive but Romney supporters are going after her on two points, no doubt because their man did not have as good a night as he had in Denver.”

He went on to discuss Crowley’s real-time fact-check of Mitt Romney, and the fact that President Obama got more time to speak than his GOP challenger.

The full memo is below.

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Schieffer Optimistic Format Will Help Him Keep Obama And Romney In Line At 3rd Debate

The New York TimesBrian Stelter writes about Candy Crowley‘s performance during the 2nd presidential debate, and the challenges facing all moderators.

“Moderators are like umps and refs — sooner or later everyone is unhappy with them,” said Tom Brokaw, who helmed the town hall debate between Mr. Obama and John McCain 2008. “That’s exacerbated in part because the rules are never entirely clear and the candidates go on stage determined to bend them to their advantage.”

He also talks to CBS anchor Bob Schieffer, who is helming the 3rd and final debate next week:
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Candy Crowley: ‘Goodness I Hope They Get Back to One Another’

Candy Crowley, who’s still being hit for her “terror” fact check at last night’s Town Hall — from VP nominee Paul Ryan on “Good Morning America” to Tucker Carlson on Fox News — hopes the attention turns back to the candidates and away from her. “Goodness, I hope the get back to one another,” Crowley said on CNN’s “Starting Point” of the criticism of her.

“I was trying to move this along,” Crowley says. “The question was Benghazi … there was this point they both kind of looked at me, you know, Romney’s looking at me, the president is looking at me, and I wanted to move this along.”

Crowley also said she’s not backtracking. Watch:

Debate Ratings: Most Channels Up From Round One, Fox News Poised to Tie Record Palin-Biden ’08 Debate

The second Presidential debate between Pres. Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney delivered massive ratings last night.

As it did for the first two debates, Fox News led the way among the cable news channels garnering 11.1 million viewers, on par with its most-watched telecast ever, the Sarah Palin-Joe Biden debate in 2008. CNN’s Candy Crowley was the moderator of the debate, but it did not appear to give a significant ratings boost to the channel. It was the only cabler to lose viewers compared to the first Presidential debate, and was down significantly from the second Presidential debate in 2008. MSNBC was third in cable news, but was able to improve its viewership compared to both 2008 and the first debate two weeks ago.

All three channels were up in the demo compared to the first debate of the cycle, with all three hitting highs.

Among the broadcasters, preliminarily ABC and NBC are up compared to the first debate, with CBS down. The numbers will adjust when finals are released.

Update: NBC News was the most-watched network for both the debate and the post-debate analysis.

Update 2: 65.6 million people watched last night. Those numbers are here.

The numbers:

Cable News, 9-10:30PM:

FNC: 11,102,117 in total viewers / 3,455,243 adults 25-54
CNN: 5,770,449 in total viewers / 2,583,272 adults 25-54
MSNBC: 4,876,967 in total viewers / 1,913,571 adults 25-54

8-11 PM, Cable News primetime:

FNC: 9,000,869 in total viewers / 2,687,147 adults 25-54
CNN: 4,343,325 in total viewers / 1,896,333 adults 25-54
MSNBC: 3,884,487 in total viewers / 1,489,602 adults 25-54

9-10:39PM Broadcast (based on Nielsen Fast Nationals):

NBC: 13,817,973 total viewers
ABC: 12,463,912 total viewers
CBS: 8,921,671 total viewers

10:39-11PM, Broadcast post-debate analysis:

NBC: 11.367 million total viewers / 5.564 million adults 25-54
ABC: 9.516 million total viewers / 3.621 million adults 25-54
CBS: 6.994 million total viewers / 2.728 million adults 25-54

VIDEO: Candy Tries To Rein Them In

While the early moderator reviews reviews were much more positive than in the first Presidential debate (though admittedly not in certain parts of the blogosphere), Candy Crowley still had to face some of the same issues that Jim Lehrer did. A big one: getting the candidates to stop talking.

Both Fox News and ABC News got the same idea, and put together montages of Crowley trying to bring order to the auditorium.

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Candy Crowley: ‘I Expected Them To Come At Me When I Would Try to Rein Them In’

Tonight’s Town Hall battle was more pitched and pointed than the first, as the two men running for president paced the stage answering questions from undecided voters, and follow-ups from moderator Candy Crowley. After both the Obama and Romney campaigns expressed concern about Crowley’s role, the CNN anchor says, “I expected them to come at me when I would try to rein them in,” adding, “I didn’t take it personally.”

In fact, Crowley says Obama/Romney Round Two was what a passionate debate of the issues should be: “They were so good at sort of being in each other’s face.”

Crowley’s turn is being remembered most for her fact-checking of Mitt Romney who said “it took the president 14 days” to call the attack in Benghazi a terrorist act. But Crowley, referencing a White House transcript noted in Rose Garden comments the day after the attack Pres. Obama said, “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation.”

On Fox News, Charles Krauthammer called Crowley’s correction an “intervention, which is essentially incorrect,” saying Crowley was “supporting Obama on the transcript.” On Fox Business, Neil Cavuto added, “Calling something a terror act is very different than calling it a terrorist act. And then a moderator intervening to defend the president as if he did say that… is a little, you know — and I like Candy a lot.”

Of course, there was bound to be criticism of Crowley just as there will likely be next week when CBS’s Bob Schieffer moderates the final debate.

For Crowley, who went on CNN not long after signing off from her moderating duties, it was a good night: “I thought the first part of the especially was fun to watch, and hopefully enlightening to people.”

POLL: Pointing Out More Points as Obama and Romney Spar in Second Debate

Here we go. Debate number two between Pres. Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. Romney won the coin toss, and was asked the first question from first-time voter college student Jeremy Epstein who is concerned about his future. Romney went so far as to promise him a job when he graduates in 2014 … if he’s elected. CNN’s Candy Crowley is moderating the debate, and as she said she might — and the campaigns were concerned she would — she asked a follow-up to the Town Hall questioner, which led to the first jabs of the night as Obama criticized Romney’s 5-point plan as “a one point plan.”

Megyn Kelly on Debate Coverage: ‘Let’s not start criticizing the moderator before she’s moderated’

The Presidential debates have brought interest in the election to a fever pitch, and for Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier — who are the face of Fox News’ political coverage — that extra push has led them to a major milestone.

More than 10 million people watched Kelly and Baier’s coverage of the Vice Presidential debate last Thursday, putting Fox News ahead of its competitors: cable and broadcast.

“It’s amazing to me,” Kelly told TVNewser Monday as we stopped by the set of her “America Live” program.

“FNC has been such a powerhouse for a long time, but it’s still a cable news operation, and people have to pay for cable, and not everybody has it. So whenever we beat the nets, that’s a big deal. That gets all of our attention.”

From her perch at the Fox News anchor desk, Kelly has had a front-row seat to the first two debates. She is quick to defend Jim Lehrer, who was widely criticized for his handling of the first Presidential debate, saying he did “exactly what a moderator should do, which is get out of the way.”

Kelly said the campaigns and the media “are not aligned in their missions when it comes to the debates,” noting the early criticism of tonight’s moderator, CNN anchor Candy Crowley, came from the campaigns’ concern that she might ask follow-up questions of the candidates.

“Let’s not start criticizing the moderator before she’s moderated! Let’s give the woman a break and let her do her job and let’s see how she does it,” Kelly said. “If she tries to make the debate all about her, and insert a bunch of Candy Crowley questions, instead of the town hall questions, that won’t be

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