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).
|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?”