The GOP Debates, By The Numbers

By Chris Ariens 

There have been 20 GOP primary debates going back to May 5, 2011. Wednesday’s debate on CNN in Arizona was likely the last. Here are the GOP debates, by the numbers:

  • Networks:

CNN – 7
Fox News -5
ABC – 2
NBC – 2
MSNBC – 1 (plus an NBC simulcast on 1/8/12)
CBS – 1
CNBC – 1
Bloomberg – 1

  • Average viewership (Total Viewers/A25-54 Viewers):

ABC – 6.951M / 1.919M
NBC – 5.638 / 2.016
CBS – 5.480 / 1.520
Fox News – 5.320 / 1.484
CNN – 4.426 / 1.367
CNBC – 3.332 / 993K
MSNBC – 2.988 / 967*
Bloomberg – Not Publicly Rated

  • Locations:

Florida – 4
New Hampshire – 4
South Carolina – 4
Iowa – 3
Arizona – 1
California – 1
D.C. – 1
Michigan – 1
Nevada – 1

*MSNBC’s average includes a second debate, airing Sunday, Jan. 8, which was simulcast on NBC, where a majority of viewers watched.

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