Is Tonight Really A Big Deal?

By Patrick 

Everyone says that tonight’s a big debate (namely due to the entrance of Fred Thompson). But Jim Rutenberg says “not so fast“:

    But how many people watch these debates anyway? Ratings show that the total is more than usually watch a cable television program and considerably more than the number tuned in around this point in the 2004 race.

    But it is also far fewer than tune into the average network sitcom, and less than might be expected in a race in which both the Republican and Democratic nominations are up for grabs.