The main GOP debate at 9 p.m., post-debate coverage hosted by Neil Cavuto, the earlier debate at 7 p.m., and in-between debate coverage hosted by Lou Dobbs finished 1, 2, 3, and 4 Tuesday, among total viewers.
- 7 p.m. ET debate (7 p.m. ET) | 4.7M total viewers / 866,000 in A25-54 demo
- Lou Dobbs Tonight (8 p.m.) | 4.0M / 958,000
- 9 p.m. ET debate (9 p.m.) | 13.5M / 3.7M
- Cavuto: Coast to Coast (11:17 p.m.) | 5.3M / 1.5M
FBN even beat out sister network Fox News in post-debate coverage:
- 11 p.m. ET:
Fox News (Bill O’Reilly) | 1.510M / 390,000
CNN (Anderson Cooper) | 886,000 / 304,000
MSNBC (Chris Matthews) | 802,000 / 146,000
In the A25-54 demo, FBN had the top 2 shows (the 9 p.m. debate and Cavuto’s post-debate analysis). It was FBN’s most-watched day ever, a record last set on election day 2012. The network, a rival to NBC-owned CNBC as well as Bloomberg, went on the air in Oct. 2007.