The first of three presidential debates was a ratings hit Wednesday night, with a total of 67.2 million viewers tuning in across 11 networks.
The showdown between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Gov. Mitt Romney was up 28 percent from the first 2008 debate between Obama and Sen. John McCain (though that event took place on a Friday night instead of midweek.).
Fox News was the most popular cable channel for debate coverage, with an average of more than 10.4 million people tuning in during the 90-minute broadcast. On network television, CBS, ABC, and NBC were all the same ballpark, with ABC leading the way. Here’s how the networks stacked up: