2016 Primary Debate Ranker, Including Live Streaming, So Far

By Chris Ariens 

The next primary debate is less than three weeks away, as CNN hosts the GOP candidates on Tuesday, Dec. 15. It’ll be the 7th debate this cycle. By this time in the 2008 cycle there had been 19 debates among both Democrats and Republicans. The next debate will be the 5th for GOP candidates. Compared to last time around, by Dec. 15, 2011 there had been 13 GOP primary debates. The most-watched debate of that cycle came in December, when ABC drew 7.63 million viewers for its debate on Saturday, Dec. 10 2011.

Here’s the 2016 debate ranker, which includes Nielsen viewership data, along with livestreaming information provided by the networks.

Debate Network Total Viewers A25-54 Streams
Aug. 6 | GOP Fox News 24,000,000 7,900,000 2,400000**
Sept. 16 | GOP CNN 22,940,000 6,900,000 4,500,000
Oct. 13 | Dem CNN 15,791,000 4,998,000 4,300,000
Oct. 28 | GOP CNBC 14,000,000 3,900,000 ***
Nov. 10 | GOP FBN 13,500,000 3,670,000 2,580,000
Nov. 14 | Dem CBS 8,500,000 2,120,000 1,200,000
Dec. 15 | GOP CNN 18,165,000 5,560,000 3,100,000
Dec. 19 | Dem ABC 7,850,000 1,928,000 TBD
Jan. 14 | GOP FBN 11,094,000 2,983,000 1,165,000
Jan. 17 | Dem NBC 10,200,000 3,170,000 1,200,000
Jan. 28 | GOP Fox News TBD TBD TBD
Feb. 6 | GOP ABC TBD TBD TBD
Feb. 11 | Dem PBS TBD TBD TBD
Feb. 13 | GOP CBS TBD TBD TBD
Feb. 25 | GOP CNN TBD TBD TBD
Mar. 9 | Dem Univision TBD TBD TBD

**Users needed to be an authenticated viewer to watch the livestream.
***CNBC is not sharing their livestream data.

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