16.9 Million Watch 11th GOP Debate on Fox News; Most-Watched of 2016

By Chris Ariens Comment

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With Donald Trump back in the mix, and the smallest field of candidates yet, the raucous, fiery GOP debate was watched by 16.9 million viewers last night, making it the most-watched of 2016, and the fourth most-watched of this cycle.

The 11th GOP debate of the 2016 campaign, held in Detroit, averaged 5.5 million in the A25-54 demo.

This was the third GOP debate this cycle for Fox News and was the most-watched program on all of TV last night.

With 24 million viewers, FNC had the most-watched primary debate ever in August. But the network took a hit in January with its second debate when Donald Trump bowed out.

By this time in the 2012 cycle, the GOP debates–20 in total–had all taken place. The most-watched debate that time around drew 7.6 million viewers.

The next GOP debate is next Thursday on CNN.

Here’s the 2016 debate ranker, which includes Nielsen viewership data, along with livestreaming information provided by the networks.

Debate Network Total Viewers A25-54 Streams
Aug. 6 | GOP Fox News 24,000,000 7,900,000 2,400000**
Sept. 16 | GOP CNN 22,940,000 6,900,000 4,500,000
Oct. 13 | Dem CNN 15,791,000 4,998,000 4,300,000
Oct. 28 | GOP CNBC 14,000,000 3,900,000 ***
Nov. 10 | GOP FBN 13,500,000 3,670,000 2,800,000
Nov. 14 | Dem CBS 8,500,000 2,120,000 1,200,000
Dec. 15 | GOP CNN 18,165,000 5,560,000 3,100,000
Dec. 19 | Dem ABC 7,850,000 1,928,000 ***
Jan. 14 | GOP FBN 11,094,000 2,983,000 1,900,000
Jan. 17 | Dem NBC 10,200,000 3,170,000 1,200,000
Jan. 28 | GOP Fox News 12,466,000 3,467,000 1,350,000
Feb. 4 | Dem MSNBC 4,489,000 1,211,000 ***
Feb. 6 | GOP ABC 13,181,000 3,384,000 1,300,000
Feb. 11 | Dem PBS (with CNN simulcast) 8,030,000 2,300,000 TBD
Feb. 13 | GOP CBS 13,510,000 3,520,000 TBD
Feb. 25 | GOP CNN/Telemundo 14,521,000 4,684,000 2,100,000
Mar. 3 | GOP Fox News 16,852,000 5,462,000 1,490,000
Mar. 6 | Dem CNN TBD TBD TBD
Mar. 9 | Dem Univision TBD TBD TBD
Mar. 10 | GOP CNN TBD TBD TBD

**Users needed to be an authenticated viewer to watch the livestream.
***Livestream data has not been revealed.

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