The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had 2.7 million Indian TV viewers tuned in to watch the live telecast on 27th September 2016. Aired from 6 AM to 8:30 AM IST, the live broadcast experienced the highest viewership in the last hour of the debate –  0.9 million viewers.

Looking at the recent viewership for live American content on Indian television, the debate witnessed a much larger number of Indian viewers compared to the NFL Kickoff match on 9th September, both of which aired live during the same time-slot. 

Among cities in India, Hyderabad experienced the highest viewership with 0.41 million individuals watching the debate LIVE on television. Take a look at some of the viewership trends:




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US Presidential Debates | Captivating interests of Premium TV viewers across India – ZAPR · November 2, 2016 at 1:17 pm

[…] Out of all three Clinton vs Trump debates, the first one on 27th September received the highest viewership – 2.7 million Indian TV viewers. For more detailed viewership breakdown of the LIVE telecast, click here. […]

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