Ratings: Democratic Debate Goes Bigger on Night 2, Fox's Wheel Slips

Democratic Debate Ratings

NBC’s coverage of Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate delivered 8.8 million total viewers and a 1.9 demo rating, up 19 percent from the fast nationals for Night 1 and obviously dominating the night in both measures.

Update: With MSNBC and Telemundo coverage folded in, Night 2’s audience grows to 18.1 million, besting the previous record set (in October 2015) for a Democratic presidential primary debate by 2.6 million. Plus, another nine million viewers watched via live streams.

Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden emerged as the Top 3 in TVLine’s Night 2 poll.


ABC | Holey Moley (4.3 mil/0.9) and Reef Break (2 mil/0.3) dipped from their debuts, while Family Food Fight (2.5 mil/0.6) held steady.

THE CW | iZombie (670K/0.2) and In the Dark’s freshman finale (610K/0.2) were both steady.

CBS | Life in Pieces (3.8 mil/0.6 and 3.4 mil/0.5) was on par with last week’s double pump, though its series-ending episode delivered an all-time audience low. Elementary (3.1 mil/0.4) was steady in the demo while matching its second-smallest audience ever.

FOX | MasterChef (2.9 mil/0.7) was steady, while Spin The Wall the Wheel (2.5 mil/0.6) was down 29 and 25 percent from its debut.

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