Wednesday's recap:8 pm/ETABC's coverage of the Democratic debate averaged 10.7 million total viewers over its two-hour run, besting Deal or No Deal (9.67 mil) in the 8 o'clock hour (including in the key demos). 'Til Death (5.85 mil) and Back to You (seven mil) returned to typically sized audiences. Top Model (3.74 mil) dipped 340K from its last regular outing.9 pmOn Idol, 22.74 mil (down 1.4 mil from the last Wednesday results show) said goodbye to blondie. Criminal Minds scored 12.85 mil, sliding a quarter mil. Girlicious did 1.81 mil.10 pmTrailing both CSI: NY (13.4 mil, up 1.1 mil) and a L&O repeat, Men in Trees (6.1 mil) inched up 600 thou from its previous outing.
On the eve of April 22's Pennsylvania primary, Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will clash in a 90-minute Democratic presidential candidate debate from Philadelphia (tonight at 8 pm/ET, ABC). At ringside is Charles Gibson, the ABC World News Tonight anchor who shares moderating duties with George Stephanopoulos. We caught up with Gibson to get his thoughts on the grueling campaign.
TV Guide: Explain the significance of Obama vs. Clinton.Charles Gibson: It's self-evident — we have two candidacies that I'd never thought I'd see. It is the first time since 1928 that there hasn't been a president or a vice president on the ticket for one party or the other. It's the first time we've had anything this wide open in my lifetime.
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