Well over 80 million people tuned in to the first presidential debate between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump when it aired on Sept. 26, making it the most-watched debate in U.S. history. Will viewers tune in in equal numbers for the candidates’ second presidential debate, which airs Sunday, Oct. 9, at 9pm ET? Time will tell, although given the chaos that has befallen the Trump campaign in the past few days following the revelation of incredibly lewd comments he made about women in 2005, some people expect ratings to at least match those of the first debate. There will be plenty of outlets where a viewer will be able to watch Clinton and Trump go at it in Round 2.
The second presidential debate — which is being held at Washington University in St. Louis — will be in a “town meeting” format, in which half of the questions will be posed directly by citizen participants and the other half will be posed by the moderators (CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC News’ Martha Raddatz) based on topics of broad public interest as reflected in social media and other sources. The candidates will have two minutes to respond, and there will be an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate further discussion. The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters selected by the Gallup Organization.
Where to Watch Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s Second Presidential Debate on Sunday, Oct. 9 (All Times ET)
ABC — Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos anchors debate coverage from ABC News Headquarters in New York from 9pm, joined by ‘World News Tonight’ Anchor David Muir, Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, ‘World News Tonight’ Saturday Anchor and Senior National Correspondent Cecilia Vega, ‘World News Tonight’ Sunday Anchor and Correspondent Tom Llamas, “Nightline” co-anchor Byron Pitts, ABC News Political Analyst Cokie Roberts and Special Correspondent and Senior Strategic Advisor Matthew Dowd from New York, Washington, D.C., and at Washington University in St. Louis.On “Nightline” at 12:35am, co-anchor Dan Harris will recap all the pivotal moments from the evening as well as the reaction from the spin room following the debate.
ABCNews.com will livestream the debate, and ABC News Digital will have live coverage throughout the day from anchors and correspondents in St. Louis, and from watch parties across the country.
BBC World News — BBC World News will offer live coverage of the second presidential debate Oct. 9 beginning at 9pm.
Bloomberg TV — Bloomberg TV’s coverage begins at 9pm, followed by a post-debate show at 10:30pm.
C-SPAN & C-SPAN2 — Beginning at 7:30pm, C-SPAN will air a preview that explains the debate format, rules and questions. Then, at 8:30pm, the network goes inside the debate hall to hear remarks from the Commission on Presidential Debate, University President and the debate moderator. At 9pm, C-SPAN and C-SPAN2 will air the debate live (C-SPAN’s coverage will feature a split-screen showing both candidates throughout the debate). At 10:30pm, C-SPAN will feature live post-debate reaction. C-SPAN2 will feature live coverage from the spin room at 10:30pm. The debate will re-air on C-SPAN at 11:30pm, with the reaction re-airing at 1am. C-SPAN will also be live-streaming the debate at c-span.org.
CBS — Scott Pelley and John Dickerson will lead CBS News’ primetime coverage of the debate Oct. 9 from 9pm-11pm. They’ll be joined by Nancy Cordes and Major Garrett, while Bob Schieffer will provide commentary after the debates. Dickerson, Cordes and Garrett will also report live from St. Louis. Additionally, Dickerson will anchor Face the Nation live from Washington University earlier on Oct. 9 (check local listings for time in your area).
CBSN will offer complete coverage before, during and after each debate, with primetime coverage beginning at 7pm. Elaine Quijano, who last week moderated the vice presidential debate, will lead CBSN’s live coverage.
CNBC — CNBC’s “Your Money, Your Vote: Presidential Debate” will air live on Oct. 9 at 9pm. The broadcast will be anchored by Carl Quintanilla, Kelly Evans and Michelle Caruso-Cabrera from the NASDAQ in New York with additional reporting and analysis from Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood live from St. Louis, MO. The debate will also be livestreamed on CNBC.com and on the CNBC Facebook page.
CNN — CNN will air the event in its entirety on its networks as well as through a live stream on CNN.com.CNN Politics will host a live blog offering instant analysis and reaction as the debate unfolds at the top of the page, and CNN’s Reality Check Team will also conduct live fact-checking. CNN’s coverage will be preceded at 8pm, and followed at 10:30pm, by “Debate Night in America.”
CNN en Espanol — Live coverage of the debate begins at 9pm on Oct. 9.
CNN International — CNNI will air the debate Oct. 9 beginning at 9pm.
Facebook Live — ABC News and Facebook continue to team to air live coverage of the debates with this second one. Two hours before the debate, at 7pm, ABC News contributors Matthew Dowd and LZ Granderson will kick off evening coverage on Facebook Live with original series “Strait Talk.” That will be followed by anchored coverage from “Nightline” co-anchor Dan Harris along with Granderson and digital host Amna Nawaz through the completion of the debate, which is scheduled to run from 9-10:30pm.
FOX (broadcast) — FOX News Channel’s Shepard Smith anchors live coverage of the debate Oct. 9 from 9-10:30pm. (Note that local programming will air on the West Coast from 9pm PT, and that Family Guy and The Last Man on Earth are preempted tonight.)
FOX Business Network — FBN will present live coverage of the second presidential debate from 8pm-1am. Neil Cavuto will anchor the primetime debate coverage on site at Washington University. In addition, Trish Regan will host her show Intelligence Report from 6-7pm from her studio in New York, and Lou Dobbs will host his program Lou Dobbs Tonight (7-8pm) live from the debate site in St. Louis. Dobbs and Regan will join Cavuto throughout the evening’s coverage along with FBN’s Kennedy, Connell McShane and Blake Burman.
FOX News Channel — FNC will present special live programming leading up to the second presidential debate on Oct. 9. Beginning this weekend, coverage will be available on FNC, as well as on additional platforms, including FOX News Radio, FOX News Mobile and FOXNews.com, where the debate will livestream for free without authentication.
FNC’s signature programs and primetime line-up will have special Sunday telecasts live from the debate site throughout the day. Special Report’s Bret Baier and The Kelly File’s Megyn Kelly will headline primetime debate coverage live from inside the debate hall beginning at 9pm through 11pm. Baier and Kelly will be joined by a team of commentators for post-debate analysis, including The Five’s Dana Perino and political contributors Laura Ingraham, Juan Williams and Tucker Carlson.
FOX & Friends will kick off Sunday’s schedule followed by on-location editions of MediaBuzz, America’s Election Headquarters with Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum, Shepard Smith Reporting, Your World with Neil Cavuto and The Five.
Additionally, Bret Baier will anchor Special Report (6pm) live from St. Louis on both Saturday and Sunday while On the Record (7pm), The Kelly File (11pm) and Hannity (12am) will all have special Sunday programs from Washington University. The O’Reilly Factor will telecast live from New York at 8pm.
Free Speech TV — Free Speech TV will have an hourlong pre-debate special at 8pm, followed by coverage of the debate at 9pm, and a post-debate special at 10:30pm.
Fusion — Fusion features live coverage of the debate Oct. 9 from 9-11pm.
Hulu — A replay of the debate can be streamed on Hulu beginning the next day, Monday, Oct. 10.
MSNBC — MSNBC will air a preview of the debate at 8pm, followed by live coverage at 9pm. Post-debate coverage will begin after the debate, at 10:30pm.
NBC — (NBC will be airing Sunday Night Football on Oct. 9, so if you want coverage from NBC News you’ll have to tune in to MSNBC.)
One America News — OAN coverage begins at 9pm on Oct. 9.
PBS — PBS NEWSHOUR presents live coverage (90 minutes) of the presidential candidates’ debate followed by analysis (30 minutes), co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, with David Brooks, Mark Shields and Amy Walter in studio and NEWSHOUR correspondent Lisa Desjardins on location.
Twitter — Twitter will again stream this debate as part of its partnership with Bloomberg Television, and will be preceded and followed by analysis from members of the Bloomberg Politics team.
Univision — Univision will offer live coverage of the second presidential debate Oct. 9 from 9-11pm.