Viewership for the first 2008 Presidential debates topped 4 million viewers. MSNBC carried the debates and released those numbers.
The Democratic debate at South Carolina State University drew 2.3 million viewers.
The Republican debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library drew 1.8 million.
MSNBC also says web traffic to the network's political page increased five-fold the days of the debates. The network reports a total of 1.96 million people watched the debates on their computers within three days of each. (The Greenville News)