If you thought that this year’s Republican debates seemed to be getting more buzz than ever before, you’d be right. Consider this: Fox’s New Hampshire Republican primary debate in September 2007 attracted 3.2 million viewers. Fox’s September debate this year, in Florida, had a whopping 6.1 million viewers—the highest of any debate so far this season.
And that was no fluke. This year’s debates have garnered significantly higher viewership than primary debates past, starting with the first televised debate this spring bringing in 3.3