Thursday night's town hall events replaced a presidential debate that was canceled after Trump's bout with coronavirus.
A combative Trump, sparring with moderator Savannah Guthrie on NBC, refused to condemn the bizarre conspiracy theory QAnon, reiterated his unsubstantiated assertion that the 2020 election was rife with fraud and questioned whether masks help fight the spread of COVID-19.
Biden delivered policy-heavy answers and focused his attacks on Trump's handling of the pandemic, which has killed 216,000 people in the United States and hammered the economy.
Biden won the TV ratings battle between the two events, according to Nielsen ratings data reported by CNN on Friday.
DONALD TRUMP: And I had a great-- thank you. I had a really-- I had a lot of fun last night with that. It was a nice--
--that was a nice evening. It was a nice, pleasurable evening, as I have somebody going totally crazy last night.
But I told you. I told you that. She told me. She's going to tell-- oh, OK, I'll believe you, right?
No, but I understand that worked out very well last night. That's what the word is, so it's good.
Another evening in paradise, I call it.
I didn't watch Sleepy Joe last night. I just wanted to see what he looked like. He wasn't looking too good.
I just couldn't quite-- it was too painful. But-- but-- you know, they didn't-- I understand that they did not ask him a question about this. Can you believe it?
Now, think of it-- and Stephanopoulos interviewed me two weeks ago, and it was-- you know, he was nasty. He was nasty. I mean, he was tough. He was-- he's a tough guy. I watched last night-- the little stuff I watched-- and what I heard, it was like softballs everywhere. It was-- but he didn't-- with-- this is the hottest subject there is. They didn't ask him one question about their corruption in the family. They didn't ask him one question about how big tech is protecting him.