5.6 million watched Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debate in Brooklyn last night. Among the adults 25-54 demo, 1.798 million watched. The debate, which aired on CNN, was the third least-watched of this cycle.
By comparison, an April 16, 2008 democratic debate featuring Sen. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton was the most-watched of that cycle when 10.69 million viewers tuned in on ABC. There were 16 democratic debates in 2008. This was the 9th democratic debate of this cycle.
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|
|April 14 | Dem||CNN||5,567,000||1,709,000||TBD|
**Users needed to be an authenticated viewer to watch the livestream.
***Concurrent livestream data has not available.