Vice President Mike Pence with fly (Image: AP/Julio Cortez)

Thursday's US vice presidential debate was the second most watched since the televised debates began in 1976. Nielsen says 59 million people watched the back and forth between Democratic hopeful Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence. The most watched VP debate is the 2008 meet-up between then-Delaware senator Joe Biden (now the Democratic Presidential challenger) and then-Alaska governor Sarah Palin (rightwing flake) with 70 million viewers.

That debate on October 2 2008 was broadcast on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Telemundo, TF, CNN, FOXN, MSNBC, CNBC, and BBC America.
The latest debate had even more outlets -- ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Telemundo, Univision, PBS, BET, BET HER, CNN, Fox Business Network, FNC, MSNBC, Newsmax, Newsy, VICE and WGNA, and was delayed on. Fox News channel led all networks with 11.3 million viewers, as it did for the first presidential debate last week, which attracted just over 73 million viewers. 

In Australia 373,000 people watched the debate on ABC News 24 and SBS. That’s quite high for a debate that doesn’t really mean much. No histrionics, no Trumpin -- except for Pence talking over Harris' at times. A male thing!