Bernie Sanders Agrees to Debate on Fox News

By Chris Ariens 

Sen. Bernie Sanders has accepted Fox News’s invitation to a democratic debate. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, however, has not. Still, Fox is moving ahead with plans.

“Fox News has suggested several debate venues in California to the Democratic National Committee and both candidates,” said Bill Sammon, VP and Washington Managing Editor. “We are also offering a variety of dates, being careful to exclude Friday and Saturday nights, per the agreement between the DNC and candidates. Fox will release further debate details as appropriate, given that only one of the two candidates has accepted our debate invitation so far.”

There have been 8 democratic debates so far this cycle. In the 2008 cycle, 16 democratic debates were held, the final one occurring April 16 on ABC as Barack Obama debated Hillary Clinton.

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

Debate Network Total Viewers A25-54 Concurrent Streams
Aug. 6 | GOP Fox News 24,000,000 7,900,000 2,400,000**
Sept. 16 | GOP CNN 22,940,000 6,900,000 921,000
Oct. 13 | Dem CNN 15,791,000 4,998,000 980,000
Oct. 28 | GOP CNBC 14,000,000 3,900,000 ***
Nov. 10 | GOP FBN 13,500,000 3,670,000 ***
Nov. 14 | Dem CBS 8,500,000 2,120,000 ***
Dec. 15 | GOP CNN 18,165,000 5,560,000 815,000
Dec. 19 | Dem ABC 7,850,000 1,928,000 ***
Jan. 14 | GOP FBN 11,094,000 2,983,000 xxx,000
Jan. 17 | Dem NBC 10,200,000 3,170,000 ***
Jan. 28 | GOP Fox News 12,466,000 3,467,000 1,350,000
Feb. 4 | Dem MSNBC 4,489,000 1,211,000 ***
Feb. 6 | GOP ABC 13,181,000 3,384,000 ***
Feb. 11 | Dem PBS/CNN 8,030,000 2,300,000 ***
Feb. 13 | GOP CBS 13,510,000 3,520,000 TBD
Feb. 25 | GOP Telemundo/CNN 14,521,000 4,684,000 700,000
Mar. 3 | GOP Fox News 16,852,000 5,462,000 1,490,000
Mar. 6 | Dem CNN 5,500,000 1,788,000 TBD
Mar. 9 | Dem Univision/CNN 5,948,000 2,309,000 TBD
Mar. 10 | GOP CNN 11,854,000 3,673,000 623,000

**Users needed to be an authenticated viewer to watch the livestream.
***Concurrent livestream data has not available.

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