5.5 Million Watch 7th Democratic Debate on CNN

By Chris Ariens Comment

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5.5 million viewers watched on CNN as the Democratic candidates for president battled in the seventh debate last night. While going down as the second least-watched overall, the 2-hour debate gave a boost to lead-out program, Race for the White House. The new 6-part docuseries narrated by Kevin Spacey averaged 2.564 million total viewers, making it the most-watched CNN Original Series premiere—and telecast—ever.

The debate, moderated by Anderson Cooper, drew 1.788 million in the A25-54 demo.

The most-watched debate of the 2008 cycle was the final debate, on April 16, 2008, when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were still fighting for the nomination. 10.6 million people watched that debate on ABC, which was the 16th that cycle. Clinton remained in the race until early June.

Univision has the next Democratic debate Wednesday night, which will be simulcast on Fusion and 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 2,400,000**
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 5,500,000 1,788,000 1,200,000
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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