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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.

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  1. wrstlgirl says:

    Everyone likes a freak show, LOL!!!

  2. Ninamags says:

    If nothing else, the Republican clown car was entertaining to watch last evening. Some of those people are beyond delusional.

  3. Amy says:

    It was much more palatable watching it via Twitter. Though that last hour was just brutal.

  4. Et al. says:

    At least Donald Trump’s claim of having the #1 show on television is finally true.

  5. Andrew says:

    American Horror Story: The GOP Debate

  6. Pat says:

    The comments are making me laugh and I needed that, today.

  7. Ellinas1978 says:

    That’s why they scheduled it before the TV season begins.