The ratings are in for President Donald Trump's head-to-head TV matchup against Joe Biden, and he lost.
The president reportedly hoped to score more viewers than Biden by scheduling a town hall on NBC at the same time the former vice president held one of his own on ABC, but TV ratings show nearly a million more viewers watched the Democratic challenger.
"Joe Biden's town hall on ABC averaged 13.9 million viewers on Thursday night, easily surpassing the Nielsen ratings for President Trump's town hall on NBC," reported CNN's Brian Stelter. "That alone was a result virtually no one in the TV business expected. And that's not even the most surprising part.
"The Trump town hall was simulcast by two of NBC's cable channels, MSNBC and CNBC, but even when those channels are included in the total, Biden -- on only one network -- still prevailed," Stelter added.
Breaking: @JoeBiden's town hall on ABC averaged 13.9 million viewers. @realDonaldTrump's town hall across NBC, MSNB… https://t.co/rFlpaspfFJ— Brian Stelter (@Brian Stelter)1602868488.0
Social media users gloated about Biden's ratings victory and hoped it signaled an election win coming next month.
@brianstelter @JoeBiden @realDonaldTrump Biden beats Trump. I really like the sound of that.— Robert Sorkin (@Robert Sorkin)1602868890.0
@brianstelter @JoeBiden @realDonaldTrump Trump is a ratings disaster. Everyone's ready to cancel the show.— 🦅Mark Hartig🇺🇸 (@🦅Mark Hartig🇺🇸)1602868659.0
@brianstelter @JoeBiden @realDonaldTrump Yeah, people who aren't ready to turn the channel because they're tired of… https://t.co/91uY7Md9XQ— Pé (@Pé)1602869111.0
@brianstelter @JoeBiden @realDonaldTrump It’s a mistake for the media to assume that Trump is “ratings gold.” Many… https://t.co/DPJ6ejxLQq— Kim K659 (@Kim K659)1602870191.0
@brianstelter @JoeBiden @realDonaldTrump Trump couldn’t even win with 3 NBC outlets against ABC’s one and the “trai… https://t.co/GJoWbkN2s3— Gailen David (@Gailen David)1602869245.0
@brianstelter @JoeBiden @realDonaldTrump Looks like even Trump supporters planning to quietly vote for him are too embarassed to watch him.— TrialByCombat (@TrialByCombat)1602869886.0
@brianstelter @jaketapper @JoeBiden @realDonaldTrump It’s probably a much bigger Biden victory once you adjust for… https://t.co/lSoLeog37Q— D. OB (@D. OB)1602868827.0
@brianstelter @Popehat @JoeBiden @realDonaldTrump FAKE NEWS. They're just not taking into account that everyone wat… https://t.co/JugwWRtMZs— SK (@SK)1602868577.0
@brianstelter @JoeBiden @realDonaldTrump He also won the Youtube ratings. Final approximate viewership between the… https://t.co/uNow74AY8r— Uri Nuff 🏳️🌈 🐻 (@Uri Nuff 🏳️🌈 🐻)1602869867.0