Pa. debate most-watched to date


ABC's broadcast of the Democratic presidential debate was the most-watched of the 2008 presidential campaign.

The two-hour debate (10.7 million, 2.7/7) won the 8 p.m. hour, then fell into third place overall for the second half. At 10 p.m., "Men in Trees" was on par (6.1 million, 1.6/4).

Fox won the night thanks to "Idol," which matched its lowest rating in five years (22.7 million, 8.5/21). At 8 p.m., comedies "Til Death" (5.8 million, 2.0/7) and "Back to You" (7 million, 2.4/7) returned to originals, with "Back" up 14% from its prior season average and "Death" down 9%.

CBS was second with "Big Brother" (6.1 million, 2.3/7), "Criminal Minds" (12.8 million, 3.5/9) and "CSI: NY" (13.3 million, 3.7/10).

NBC came in forth, with an episode of "Deal or No Deal" (9.7 million, 2.6/8) and repeats.

The CW aired "America's Next Top Model" (3.7 million, 1.8/6) and "Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious" (1.8 million, 0.9/2).