National Crises and Reality TV Aspect Boost Debate Ratings

This year's primary debates see huge gains

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.