Clegg got off to a flying start, Cameron stood still, Brown performed as you'd have expected to perform (ie as a plank of wood minus the animation).
Predictable complaints about it being an "English" debate; considering how many N.Irish, Scottish and Welsh issues have been taken away from Westminster courtesy of the Devolution Experiment, then obviously it was always going to be the wider national issues which would predominate.
But if I, as a political anorak, found myself nodding off within the first ten minutes, I can only imagine the reaction of the typical viewer to what was a boring piece of television- political theatre it was not. These kind of debates "work" in the US due to the gladiatorial format; two challengers battling to land the killer punch on their opponent. Here three was one too many (particularly when that one has no chance of picking up the ultimate prize) to make the same kind of thrilling, meaningful contest.
So, whilst the pundits and apparatchiks will be poring over and arguing about the intricacies this morning, the rest of the electorate will carry on regardless, making sure that they have their hair to wash or dog to walk at the time of the next debate.