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Final Presidential Debate Draws 59 Million Viewers

Marc Serota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The third and final presidential debate, which aired Monday night, wasn't quite the ratings draw that the previous two were.

The most recent debate between President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney in Boca Raton, Fla., drew 59.2 million viewers across several networks, according to Variety.

By comparison, the first debate was seen by 67.2 million viewers and the second debate attracted 65.6 million.

For the week ending Sunday, the top-rated primetime program was NBC's broadcast of the Pittsburgh Steelers-Cincinnati Bengals football game.  It enjoyed an audience of 17.5 million viewers.

CBS won the network ratings race for last week, followed by ABC, NBC, Fox, Univision, the CW, Telemundo and ION Television.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of Oct. 15-22, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. NFL Football: Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati, NBC, 17.47 million
2. 60 Minutes, CBS, 15.86 million
3. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 15.73 million
4. Person of Interest, CBS, 13.93 million
5. Dancing with the Stars, ABC, 13.64 million
6. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 13.6 million
7. The Voice, NBC, 13.01 million
8. Dancing with the Stars Results Show, ABC, 12.92 million
9. Modern Family, ABC, 12.28 million
10. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 12.039 million

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