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The Great Debate: Will ratings match the Super Bowl?

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>> A political slug fest of super bowl proportions, that's the buzz ahead of Monday's first presidential debate. Media experts predicting a whooping 100 million viewers. Not only blowing past prior feisty political match ups, but potentially rivaling the pig skin classic, traditionally the most watched program of the year.
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Reuters entertainment reporter, Jill Sergeant.>> There's definitely an element of danger here. Donald Trump has proved himself to be the complete wild card. So far, we've seen that we just never know what he's gonna come out with and he's a showman. This is a guy who also made his name as a reality TV star.
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On the other hand we have Hillary Clinton. She's the first female to be running for president in the US, so that makes it a really high stakes event. The race is so tight at this stage that really anything could happen in this unscripted forum.>> At worst, viewership should still eclipse that of the all time top rated debate, 1980's face off between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, which pulled in 80 million viewers.
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But remember that debate took place way before the internet and even cable splintered the viewing audience. By comparison, this year's Oscars, a ratings giant pulled in just 34 million viewers. The wildly optimistic predictions for the Clinton/Trump duel also stemming from the two having already spun some Nielsen gold.
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His GOP convention speech is the year's third most watched event. Her rival moment scored a fifth place finish. The Clinton Trump face-off will air from New York's Hofstra University across multiple networks for 90 minutes without commercial breaks.>> Our communities