Democratic Debate Hits Record 15.3 Million Viewers

Democratic Debate Hits Record 15.3 Million Viewers

CNN’s Tuesday night debate averaged 15.3 million viewers, which is the highest-rated Democratic debate ever. The total viewers was much lower than the totals for both Republican debates, but the 15.3 million total far exceeded expectations.

In comparison, the previous Democratic debate record was set in 2008, when “Clinton and Barack Obama squared off in prime time on ABC.” That debate had 10.7 million viewers.

“The Republican rematch on CNN September 16 averaged more than 23 million viewers, essentially confirming that the GOP debates are the highest-rated new “show” of the fall TV season.” “CNN’s Internet streaming data during the debate also demonstrated alot of curiosity about the first Democratic forum of the season.”

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