A whopping 54% of households in the Boston-area TV market watched last night's vice presidential debate -- the third-highest viewership of the 55 top local markets. And we don't even have a local horse in the race. We're not even a swing state (although portions of southern NH are included).
Ranked #2 was the debate's host city of St. Louis. #1 and #4 were the politically overrun DC-area Baltimore and Norfolk markets, respectively.
Neither Biden's or Palin's hometowns are big enough to be on the list. Barack Obama's hometown of Chicago ranked 40th, and John McCain's hometown of Phoenix ranked a lowly 51st. Maybe they were afraid to watch.