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Thursday's VP debate drew 70 million viewers

Thursday’s vice-presidential debate was the most watched in history, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The televised debate was between Sen. Joe Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin, candidates for the Democrat and Republican parties, respectively. Approximately 70 million viewers tuned in to watch all or part of the debate.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, only around 52 million people watched the Sept. 26 presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain.

The Salt Lake Tribune also included information about the general percentage of people who watched the debate. “In the top 56 of the country's television markets, an average of 45 percent of households watched part or all of the debate.?

The Los Angeles Times noted that the particular market with the lowest viewership of the debate was, in fact, Los Angeles. The newspaper attributed this to the simultaneous showing of the Dodgers playoff game.

Though both articles drew on almost exactly the same facts from the Nielsen Media Research release, each article contained at least one interesting figure the other did not. This comes down to the decision of what newspaper editors and reporters think their particular audiences want to read about.