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Unlike first, second debate doesn’t set viewership record

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An estimated 66.5 million people watched the second debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, down from the record-setting audience who saw their first match but on par with the Obama-Romney contests four years ago. The first debate reached a total of 84 million viewers, more than for any other presidential debate on record, the Nielsen company said on Monday. The previous record of 80.6 million had been set for the only debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan in…

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The Donald Trump campaign’s ground game gets going in Hillsborough County

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Though it’s been criticized for a lack of an organization in the Sunshine State, the Donald Trump campaign isn’t in terrible shape, if you go by the most recent public opinion polls. Post-Labor Day, the campaign seems to be getting more focused in Hillsborough County, with a slate of events designed to knock on doors of registered Republicans and sign up new voters before the Oct. 11 registration deadline for the Nov. 8 election. The Trump campaign will host a training…

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A virtual-reality Olympics? It’s OK, but TV is still king

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If you want to glimpse the future of sports broadcasting, you can check out the Rio Olympics in virtual reality. But if you really want to immerse yourself in the competition, just turn on the TV. NBC, BBC and other Olympic networks around the world are offering the opening and closing ceremonies and selected events in VR, giving viewers a 360-degree perspective — that is, the ability to look up, down and all around — when they wear special headsets.…

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Rio Olympics opening ceremony highlights Brazil, environment

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There’s nothing like the unique Brazilian vibe — and the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will see no shortage of samba, culture, diversity and history as the South American nation proudly showcases its traditions and environmental wonders. Millions of television viewers from around the world are expected to watch the three-hour ceremony Friday night, which comes as the country is reeling from political and economic turmoil. The event won’t focus on issues that are…

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How Super Tuesday played out on TV, cable networks

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Here’s a look at highlights from television coverage of Super Tuesday voting in the presidential campaign: — TRUMP’S PODIUM The broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC gave the campaign an hour of prime-time coverage, and Donald Trump put pressure on them right away. Trump has dominated coverage almost since his announcement last summer, and was in the midst of a hybrid news conference and victory speech in Florida at 10 p.m. ET when the broadcast networks began their election specials.…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.18.16 – Clinton and Sanders clash in Charleston

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Happy MLK Jr. Day, everybody. We’re 30 years into this day being a national holiday, and yet not even 40 percent of American businesses give the day off to their employees. Last night (at the very inconvenient hour of 9 p.m.) the three Democratic contenders for president debated in Charleston, South Carolina, two weeks before the Iowa caucuses commence. Last week was probably the greatest week of the entire campaign for Bernie Sanders, who now is within striking distance there, with…

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Breaking down the NFL playoff Saturday

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Here it is football fans, the best weekend in the NFL season: four premier playoff games over the next two days. Unlike last weekend, this week the NFL’s four best teams recordwise are on the schedule. Let’s break it down Saturday’s games, shall we? 4:35 p.m. Saturday afternoon – Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots, CBS, Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts on the broadcast. The question is: Can K.C. do it? Can they go into Foxborough and somehow steal a…

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