PBS Plans First Democratic Debate Following Iowa Caucus

By Chris Ariens 

Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will moderate the fifth Democratic debate of this cycle one month from today. The PBS NewsHour Democratic Primary Debate will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Feb. 11, at 9 p.m. ET. Produced by PBS, its Washington, DC flagship station WETA, and Milwaukee Public Television, the debate will also be streamed online at pbs.org/newshour.

“We are proud that PBS stations will broadcast this Democratic candidate debate at such a critical time in the election cycle — on the heels of the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary — and there are no better journalists to moderate than Gwen and Judy,” said Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and general manager of PBS.

The Democratic debates have not pulled in the viewership the raucous GOP match-ups have, but they have outperformed the democratic debates at this point in the 2008 cycle. Here’s a look at the viewership he 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 TBD TBD TBD
Jan. 17 | Dem NBC TBD TBD TBD
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. 26 | GOP TBD (previously NBC) 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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