ABC Primetime Debate Draws Over 7.5 Million Viewers

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By Alex Weprin Comment

The second broadcast debate of the 2012 Presidential primary cycle has become the most-watched debate yet, being viewed by 7.63 million total viewers and 2.10 million viewers in the key adults 25-54 demo. By comparison, the first broadcast debate of the cycle ran on CBS last month, and drew 5.5 million viewers and 1.5 million demo viewers.

The ABC debate topped the September 22 Fox News debate and the September 7 MSNBC debate to become the most watched debate in both total and demo viewers, respectively.

See how it stacks up on ourĀ  TVNewser debate ranker:

Debate Network Total Viewers A25-54
Dec. 10 ABC 7,630,000 2,100,000
Nov. 22 CNN 3,599,000 1,041,000
Nov. 12 CBS 5,480,000 1,520,000
Nov. 9 CNBC 3,332,000 993,000
Oct. 18 CNN 5,468,000 1,651,000
Oct. 11 Bloomberg NA NA
Sept. 22 Fox News 6,107,000 1,701,000
Sept. 12 CNN 3,600,000 1,100,000
Sept. 7 MSNBC 5,411,000 1,728,000
Aug. 11 Fox News 5,053,000 1,430,000
June 13 CNN 3,162,000 918,000
May 5 Fox News 3,258,000 854,000