Tuesday Night’s CNN Debate Drew 7.3 Million TV Viewers, Up from PBS’ and MSNBC’s Debates, Down from All Prior 2020 Debates

By Christine Zosche 

CNN’s coverage of the seventh Democratic primary debate of the 2020 cycle attracted 7.3 million total TV viewers, and 2.1 million adults 25-54. (TVNewser)

The ratings are an improvement on the debates in November (6.6 million on MSNBC) and December (6.17 million on PBS and CNN). (THR / Live Feed)

CNN’s livestream of the debate saw 4 million live starts on CNN’s platforms, which are numbers self-reported by CNN and not independently verified. (Mediaite)

None of the Democratic debates thus far in this cycle have come near the 24 million viewership figure posted by Donald Trump’s first debate on Fox News in August 2015. The most-watched debate from this cycle to date was the very first on NBC, which drew 15.3 million total viewers. (Variety)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) captured the attention of Twitter users during the debate with her response to an alleged comment by fellow candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) that a woman can’t win the election. (Adweek)