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GOP Debate: 2nd & 3rd Lowest Rated So Far

The GOP debate which first aired live on CNBC and was re-broadcast on MSNBC yesterday, were the second and third lowest rated debates this election season. This is a list of the debates, ranked in order by total viewers, as rated by Nielsen Media Research (live only data).

Debate Network Total Viewers 25-54
Sept. 5 GOP FNC 3,141,000 854,000
Aug. 19 Dems ABC 2,799,000 1,046,000
June 3 Dems CNN 2,714,000 1,050,000
July 23 Dems CNN 2,552,000 831,000
May 15 GOP FNC 2,445,000 664,000
Sept. 9 Dems Univision 2,194,000 1,166,000
April 26 Dems MSNBC 2,164,000 736,000
Aug. 5 GOP ABC 2,106,000 709,000
June 5 GOP CNN 1,974,000 689,000
May 3 GOP MSNBC 1,705,000 523,000
Sept. 26 Dems MSNBC 1,449,000 539,000
Oct. 9 GOP MSNBC 1,081,000 342,000
Oct. 9 GOP CNBC 1,014,000 223,000
Aug. 7 Dems MSNBC 893,000 297,000

>Update: An NBC insider tells TVNewser Nielsen is allowing the network to combine the totals of the two airings which would make 2,095,000 total viewers and 565,000 in the A25-54 demo (live only data).

>More from an emailer: “If the debate had been live at 9 on MSNBC, don’t you think some of the 1 million + viewers of the 4PM show would have watched it at 9? Also, weren’t those who would have watched at 9 spoiled by the fact that highlights were being discussed all over the news after the 4:00 show?”

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