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GOP Debate No. 2 Draws 22.9 Million Viewers, CNN's Biggest Audience Ever

CNN’s coverage of the second Republican presidential debate, held Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and winding down juuuust about now, drew 22.9 million total viewers, the cable news network reports.

That represents the most watched CNN program ever, eclipsing a 1993 episode of Larry King Live that featured Al Gore and Ross Perot discussing NAFTA and delivered 16.8 million viewers. The debate telecast averaged a 14.7 household rating, which translates into 1 in 7 households watching.

That said, Fox News’ coverage of this election cycle’s first GOP debate, held last month in Ohio, drew a slightly larger crowd of 24 million.

CNN’s previous high for a debate telecast was 8.3 million, for a January 2008 Democrat face-off.