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US Election Updates - October 5, 2012

Obama-Romney debate attracts 67.2 million TV viewers

More than 67 million Americans tuned in to watch the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

On Thursday, Final Nielsen data showed that 67.2 million people across 11 TV networks watched Obama and Romney go head to head on domestic issues, a 28 percent rise on the 52.4 million who watched the first 2008 debate between Obama and Republican John McCain.

Wednesday's head-to-head is ranked as among the top 10 debates of the past 30 years.

However, Obama and Romney failed to capture audience numbers seen during the 2008 vice-presidential debate between Republican Sarah Palin and Democrat Joe Biden, which was watched by 69.9 million. It is the second most-viewed debate ever.

According to Nielsen, which began collecting debate data in 1976, the most-watched presidential debate on U.S. television was the October 1980 face off between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, which drew 80.6 million viewers.