Democratic Presidential Debate Ratings

Ratings: Democratic Presidential Debate Draws a Record 15.3 Million

CNN’s broadcast of this presidential election cycle’s first Democratic debate on Tuesday drew 15.3 million total viewers, easily setting a ratings record.

The previously most watched Democratic presidential debate, held April 2008 in Philadelphia, delivered 10.7 million viewers.

Cable’s broadcast of this presidential election’s first two Republican debates drew 24 and 23 million viewers, respectively.

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  1. Gerald says:

    The Republic debate still trounced the Democratic debate even if it was record setting. That is a win for The Donald…. unfortunately.

  2. Ron says:

    Comparing these rating numbers with the Republican debate, this is, in my opinion, a really big win for the Democrats. Yes, the Republican debates averaged about 9 million more viewers. But the vast majority of people only tuned into the Republican debates because Donald Trump is like a freaking circus, nothing more than a reality show star who says stupid, offensive things. People watched strictly for entertainment and comedy, not because they cared about what they had to say. However, whether you agree with Dems or not, everyone knew that the Democratic debates would be way more grounded in policy and social issues–even Republican analysts admit this. So, having reached those kinds of viewing numbers knowing the debate was going to be more focused on the issues, to me, reads as a huge win for the Dems. It means people actually care about listening to what they have to say vs. the Republican debates, where people only tuned in for the comedy and a good laugh from the name-calling circus participants that were on the stage.

  3. im in the democratic party and i watched all the debates… But i mostly watch the repubs only to laugh and have fun with the Donald if he wasn’t there i would watch none of those morons lol