The U.S. presidential debates are always broadcast on TV, but these days you have other options. You can watch it in several places online, even Twitter has been streaming them.
Well, YouTube has beat TV in viewership numbers for the last debate. Twice as many people watched the debate on YouTube than they did on conventional TV.
The official numbers released by Google show that the live debate and on-demand videos surrounding it generated more than 124 million views. This is a 40 percent increase from the first debate which generated 88 million views. If you compare this to 63 million TV viewers, you can see which was the preferred medium to watch the second debate. It was not TV.
Most viewers came to YouTube to just watch the debate live and at one point there were more than 1.5 million peak concurrent viewers which is five times higher than the second presidential debate back in 2012. Other stats include the fact that viewers watched the debate for 25 minutes on average and they came from across the world. After the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Great Britain, and Vietnam contributed the most viewers. These numbers help YouTube as a whole, not just either candidate.
YouTube will also stream the third and final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton which takes place in Las Vegas on Wednesday, October 19th.