More than 5 million watch GOP debate on Fox News

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By Chris Ariens Comment

The Republican Presidential Debate from Iowa last night was watched by more than 5 million people on Fox News Channel. The debate, which ran from 9pm to just after 11pmET, drew 5.053 million total viewers and 1.43 million A25-54 viewers.

By comparison, the first GOP debate of this cycle on May 5, drew 3.258 million total viewers and 854,000 in the demo, also on Fox News.

And for some more comparison:

  • An August 7, 2007 debate among Democratic presidential candidates drew 893,000 total viewers and 297,000 A25-54 viewers on MSNBC.
  • An Oct. 21, 2007 GOP debate on Fox News Channel drew 2,367,000 total viewers and 697,000 A25-54 viewers.
  • A Nov. 28, 2007 GOP debate on CNN drew 4,292,000 total viewers and 1,409,000 A25-54 viewers.

More than half the viewers who watched the debate last night stuck around for a “Hannity” special at 11pm, which drew 2.858 million total viewers and 908,000 in the demo.