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Debate Ratings: 65.6 Million Watch 2nd Presidential Debate

The final numbers are in, and 65.6 million people watched the second presidential debate live on TV last night, according to Nielsen.

Nielsen’s number includes NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, PBS, Univision, Telemundo, Fox News, CNN, Current TV, CNBC and MSNBC.

All told, the second debate was down slightly from the first Presidential debate of the cycle, which drew 67.2 million viewers, and up significantly from last week’s VP debate, which drew 51.4 million. Compared to the second debate of 2008, the ratings are up by a few million viewers.

You can view the breakdown of the cable and broadcast ratings from last night here.

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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The Morning Ticker: More Moonves, Walters/Lohan, Piers’ Prez Pick

  • CBS CEO Les Moonves has inked a contract extension that will keep him at the Eye network through mid 2017. “I look forward to all Leslie will continue to do as the genius that he is.” said CBS chairman Sumner Redstone in a statement.
  • ABC’s Barbara Walters has scored an exclusive primetime sit down with troubled actress Lindsay Lohan. The interview will air on “20/20″ Friday, November 16, tied to the debut of Lohan’s Lifetime movie “Liz and Dick,” in which she plays Elizabeth Taylor.

BuzzFeed: VP Joe Biden Planning Post-Debate Morning Show Interviews

In the wake of his own debate last week, Vice President Joe Biden is planning to make the morning show rounds on Wednesday, following the second debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama. Biden will speak to NBC’s “Today,” “CBS This Morning” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller has the details:

The pre-booking stands in contrast to the last debate, when the Obama campaign was temporarily shell-shocked by the president’s performance. Aides waited more than 10 minutes to enter the “spin room” in Denver as they formulated a message. The following morning, aides, not high profile surrogates, took to TV.

Mitt Romney Cancels On ‘The View’

Hell hath no fury like “The View” co-hosts scorned?

At the top of the ABC talk show this morning, Barbara Walters announced that GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will not be appearing for an interview on Thursday. Romney had scheduled an appearance on the program last month. Earlier in September Romney said that going on “The View” was “high-risk” because “of the five women on it, only one is conservative, and four are sharp-tongued and not conservative.”

As The Huffington Post notes, Walters told the audience today:

Gov. Romney was supposed to be on with us this Thursday with Ann Romney. We were looking forward to it. Over the weekend, his people said that he had scheduling problems and would not be coming on with us. Nor at this point did he feel that he could reschedule. We are happy to have Mrs. Romney on with us. We are sorry that we won’t have Governor Romney and that’s the situation…He can change his mind and we hope he does. It would be our pleasure to have him on the program.

Greta Van Susteren: ‘It scares me that the campaigns and candidates may be a bunch of scaredy cats’

Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren has issues with the Obama and Romney camps complaining about CNN’s Candy Crowley. As we noted earlier the campaigns are apparently worried that Crowley might actually ask follow-up questions. The horror!

Van Susteren:

The is no question that Candy Crowley is a pro with years and years of real experience….but if a candidate fears what Candy might ask at a debate, what happens when the candidate faces world leaders? Shrink and run?

It scares me that the campaigns and candidates may be a bunch of scaredy cats.

‘That’s Tonight, After Chris Matthews’ Head Explodes’

As we prepare for the first Vice Presidential debate, David Letterman had some fun with MSNBC’s coverage of the first Presidential debate. Showing a faux promo of the, “MSNBC debate remix where you can see Mitt Romney going head to head against video of Barack Obama from his 2008 campaign. When he wasn’t phoning it in. That’s tonight, after Chris Matthews‘ head explodes. Only on MSNBC.”

See it at the end of the monologue…

First Andrea Mitchell, Now Big Bird

Yesterday, the Obama campaign used MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell in a campaign ad, sparking a complaint from NBC News (as of this morning the ad was still airing, at least on our TVs here in the office).

Today, the campaign is using another popular non-partisan public figure in an attack against the Romney campaign: Big Bird.

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The ad has aired on some TV news programs, but those are not paid buys. BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller has the details:

 

Update: No surprise here, Sesame Workshop has released a statement asking the Obama campaign to remove the ad.

Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.

Nick News ‘Disappointed’ That Mitt Romney Declines to Appear In Special

Nick News, the series of TV news specials on Nickelodeon, says it is “disappointed” that GOP candidate Mitt Romney declined to appear on this election cycle’s “Kids Pick the President” special. President Obama is appearing, and taped his answers to kids questions at the White House. Archive video clips of Romney answering similar questions to the ones kids asked will be used during the special.

“After numerous attempts by “Nick News” to get former Governor Mitt Romney to participate in the special, his camp declined saying he was unable to fit it into his schedule,” said a Nickelodeon statement.

“By answering kids’ questions directly, candidates show respect for kids,” said host Linda Ellerbee in a statement.  “We are disappointed that Mitt Romney wouldn’t take the time to answer the questions, but are thrilled that President Obama participated in the special.”

“Nick News” has been a staple on Nickelodeon for 21 years, and its “Kids Pick the President” specials have been better than most pundits when it comes to predicting who will win the Presidential election. The “kids” in the specials have correctly predicted who will win in five of the last six elections.

More information, after the jump.

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Andrea Mitchell Not Cool With Being in an Obama Ad

MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell dedicated a few moments of “Andrea Mitchell Reports” to address the new campaign ad from the Obama campaign, an ad that features her “fact checking” Mitt Romney. As we noted earlier NBC sent a letter to the Obama campaign, and now Mitchell herself wanted to clear the air on her daily program:

“Some viewers might be understandably confused by the fact that the Obama campaign is airing a commercial right now including a video clip of me fact-checking Gov. Romney after last week’s debate. You should know that NBC News has not granted either campaign permission to use our news material, and immediately requested that the campaign refrain from using NBC News material in this and future advertisements. In this case the Obama commercial uses only a short clip from a Truth Squad report that in fact pointed out exaggerations and/or misstatements that both candidates had made during the debate. Just wanted to make that clear.”

WATCH: (via Politico)

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