Michael M. Grynbaum describes Lester Holt's performance in last night's presidential debate as one of restraint. Brian Lowry says Donald Trump gave a poor performance, and Todd VanDerWerff notes that Trump's reality TV tricks don't work in the debate format. James Poniewozik analyzes how the debate looked via split screens that framed the candidates. Ellen Gray calls it "one of the odder debates." Caroline Framke notes that Trump had an audience response problem.
Viewers were very busy performing on Twitter during the debate. Hadas Gold and Alex Weprin says the cable news ad-haul for the election campaign will be big, but the news isn't all good. And Maria Sciullo wonders if presidential ads even work anymore. Ryan McGee offers suggestions to Saturday Night Live for getting its political humor credibility back in the wake of Trump hosting.