The one and only vice presidential debate for 2012 is in the history books, and according to Nielsen, 51.479M people aged two or greater tuned in. That is roughly 16M less than were on hand for the first of three debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
In both cases, the 55+ demographic was by far the biggest part of the audience. There were well over three times more 55+ viewers than in there were in the 18-34 group, and not quite twice as many as the 35-54 group.
The two younger demographics comprised a higher share of the total audience in the preceding presidential debate.
Here are the breakdowns from Nielsen for the debates held thus far:
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