Debate a hands-down winner for CNN
NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Monday night's Democratic presidential debate on CNN was the most-watched primary debate in cable TV history.
The two-hour debate averaged 4.9 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday. It also set records in many key demographics, including adults 18-49 and 25-54.
The debate topped the previous record of 4.5 million viewers, set by the CNN-You Tube GOP debate November 28. Last week, the Fox News GOP debate in South Carolina averaged 3.7 million viewers.
The most-watched debates of the primary season so far are the back-to-back events sponsored by ABC News and Facebook on January 5 at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. The Democratic debate, in primetime, was seen by 9.4 million viewers.
Meanwhile, MSNBC said Tuesday that it will televise a Republican presidential debate -- the last one before the Florida primary -- on Thursday. Brian Williams and Tim Russert will moderate from 9-10:30 p.m., with Chris Matthews leading the analysis afterward.
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