NPR’s website draws record audience during first presidential debate

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Screenshot of one of the fact-checked statements.

One of the fact-checked statements.

The most-watched presidential debate in U.S. history wasn’t just a boon for television.

NPR’s website enjoyed its largest single-day audience ever Monday, thanks in part to a page that provided live fact-checking during the debate, the network said Tuesday.

More than 5 million users visited Monday. By Tuesday afternoon, the fact-checking page had received more than 7.4 million pageviews from 6 million users. From June to August, NPR’s website averaged 33.2 million users each month, according to the network.

The fact-checking page also peaked at 294,000 simultaneous users as measured by audience-tracking platform Chartbeat, making it among the most-viewed pages across sites of Chartbeat customers.

Ninety NPR stations embedded a module of the feature on their websites. The network is still working on estimating traffic to those sites, according to a spokesperson. NPR does not yet know how many people listened to the network’s live audio stream of the debate.

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