How to Watch the Presidential Debates 2020: Schedule, Channels, and More
When is the next presidential debate? Check out our quick and easy guide to find out.
Election season is upon us (whether we like it or not), so it’s time to bone up on the candidates and throw some wild watch parties.
This guide will help you find out when the next presidential debate is and how to watch all the gaffes and takedowns that are sure to ensue.
Presidential debate schedule
There will be three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate in 2020. As you can see below, the 2020 presidential debates will air live across the nation at 9 p.m. eastern standard time (EST) on every major network.
2020 presidential debate dates, times, and more
|Who's debating?||Scheduled date||Scheduled time||Channels|
|Biden vs. Trump||Tuesday, September 29||9 p.m. EST||ABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX, FOX News, NBC, and more|
|Harris vs. Pence||Wednesday, October 7||9 p.m. EST||ABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX, FOX News, NBC, and more|
|Biden vs. Trump||Thursday, October 15||9 p.m. EST||ABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX, FOX News, NBC, and more|
|Biden vs. Trump||Thursday, October 22||9 p.m. EST||ABC, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, FOX, FOX News, NBC, and more|
How to watch the presidential debate live
You can watch each presidential debate live on the Big Four networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC) and some popular cable channels by streaming them on an app or watching them live on TV.
The same goes for the vice presidential debate on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, which will also be broadcast nationwide on the Big Four networks and several popular cable channels like CNN and FOX News.
So, no need to worry about scrambling for the right livestream or finding the exact channel on the clicker like you had to for the presidential primary debates (*moment of silence for all the Bernie Bros out there*).
How to watch the 2020 presidential debates FAQ
When is the next presidential debate?
The next 2020 presidential debate is on Tuesday, September 29 at 9 p.m. eastern standard time (EST).
What time is the presidential debate tonight?
Each 2020 presidential debate will start at 9 p.m. eastern standard time (EST). That translates to 8 p.m. central daylight time (CDT); 7 p.m. mountain standard time (MST); and 6 p.m. Pacific daylight time (PDT).
What channel is the presidential debate on?
Each 2020 presidential debate will be broadcast on the following TV channels:
- FOX News
- FOX Business