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TV audience for second Trump-Clinton debate looks lower than first: U.S. media

TV monitors in the press room show Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton on stage as they participate in the 2nd debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri October 9, 2016.
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The TV audience for Sunday's second debate between White House contenders Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton looks unlikely to be as large as their first, record-setting encounter, according to preliminary ratings data cited by U.S. media.

The Hollywood Reporter and CNN said on Monday that very early overnight ratings from Nielsen showed the TV audience was about 20 percent down on the Sept. 26 encounter, which attracted a record 84 million viewers.