We're not rating how the candidates did, becuase we all have our opinions...but how many people watched it?
These ratings are taken in the 55 top television markets. Several markets in swing states also saw household ratings boosts over the first presidential debate. Milwaukee had the largest jump, moving up 26 spots in Nielsen's ranking of debate viewing in the top 55 markets. Household viewing in Indianapolis and Dayton, Ohio (+21 spots in Nielsen's ranking), Minneapolis (+17 spots), and Cincinnati (+15 spots) also increased significantly from the first to the second McCain/Obama debate.