According to preliminary Nielsen numbers, about 39.97 million total viewers watched the first presidential debate on the broadcast networks last night. The debate was also carried by cable news outlets, but those numbers are not yet available. Once the cable audience is included, this should put last night’s debate in contention to match or slightly beat the audience for the first presidential debate of 2008, which was watched by about 52.4 million total viewers including the cable channels. However, it will be hard for this debate to match the highest-rated matchup of the 2008 cycle–the vice presidential debate between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden, which was watched by 69.9 million people and ranks as the second most viewed debate ever. Read More
The Business Council of New York State, Inc. today released its 2011 Voters’ Guide this afternoon and lawmakers from New York City in both chambers received by far the lowest grades.
Among the most “anti-job” lawmakers are Ruben Diaz of the Bronx, who scored only a 14 percent rating; Tom Duane and Bill Perkins of Manhattan and Kevin Parker of Brooklyn don’t do much better, getting a mere 29 percent rating.
Meanwhile, over on the Assembly side, Brooklyn’s Inez Barron received a score of zero, and fellow Brooklynites Karim Camara and Annette Robinson garnered scores of 33 and 36 percent, respectively. Read More