Streaming or TV? How people watched the second presidential debate

A lot of you turned to YouTube, Twitter and Facebook to watch the debate.
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Viewers at a watch party at the University of Cincinnati Sunday night. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Viewers at a watch party at the University of Cincinnati Sunday night. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Watching things online is convenient. So it makes sense that millions of people used YouTube, Twitter and Facebook to stream the second presidential debate.

YouTube says the live debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (plus on-demand videos surrounding it) has drawn 124 million views since Sunday night. That's up 40 percent from debate one, which saw 88 million.

At its peak, the YouTube stream had more than 1.5 million unique concurrent users. That figure is five times higher than the concurrent peak during the 2012 debates, YouTube said. The average amount of time watched for people Sunday was 25 minutes.

Meanwhile Twitter said it recorded 3.2 million unique viewers for its streaming partnership with Bloomberg Politics. That was up from 2.5 million unique viewers for the first debate.

And to be clear: A "unique viewer" in Twitter's case is defined as a person who watches the video, 100 percent in view, for at least three seconds. So this doesn't mean 3.2 million people watched every minute of the debate.

On average, one minute of the debate had about 369,000 viewers – again up from the first debate, which had an "average minute audience" of 334,000 .

Most of the Twitter viewers were young – 70 percent of Sunday night's streamers were under the age of 35, Twitter said. It also asked users how they would watch, and got these results:

Facebook also had a bunch of streams. Wired said Facebook Live's streaming partnership with ABC News had 7.4 million views.

How does that compare to TV?

About 84 million people watched debate No. 1, which is a record for a presidential debate.

Debate No. 2 saw considerably fewer – 68.8 million people combined watch on the 10 major networks, the Hollywood Reporter reported.

That does not include NBC, because it was busy airing Sunday Night Football, which CNN Money says likely caused a dent in the TV ratings.

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