Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Democratic presidential debate attracts 8M viewers (w/video)

NEW YORK — The Democratic primary debate simulcast on PBS and CNN averaged 8.03 million viewers, on par with the audiences for recent showdowns between the party's 2016 White House contenders.

PBS produced Thursday's debate, which was anchored by News­Hour anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. CNN paid a license fee to simulcast the matchup between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders in Milwaukee and ran commercials on its air during the breaks.

CNN, which promoted the debate throughout the day, drew 4.1 million viewers from 9 to 11 p.m. The event averaged 3.9 million on PBS stations.

The total was in line with the viewing level for the Democratic primary debates that aired on CBS (8.55 million on Nov. 14) and ABC (8.03 million on Dec. 15).

The CNN/PBS figure was well above the audience for the meeting between the candidates on MSNBC on Feb. 4 (4.48 million), which is a bit of an outlier as it was a last-minute addition to the party's debate schedule.

The top-rated Democratic debate so far remains the first meeting of the candidates on CNN, which was watched by an average of 15.4 million viewers Oct. 13.

The Democratic primary debates have not scored as high as the Republican events that have become TV attractions in large part due to frontrunner Donald Trump's presence in a race with a larger and more unsettled field of candidates. On Feb. 6, the Republican primary debate on ABC scored 13.18 million viewers.

The Republican contenders meet again at 9 tonight in Greenville, S.C. The debate on CBS will be moderated by the network's political director, John Dickerson.

Democratic presidential debate attracts 8M viewers (w/video) 02/12/16 [Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2016 10:01pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Tribune News Service.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Mastermind of lottery rigging scam that netted millions faces 25 years

    Nation

    DES MOINES, Iowa — For a decade, computer programmer Eddie Tipton reliably showed up for work at the central Iowa office of the Multi-State Lottery Association and earned the confidence of his co-workers, a team of technicians entrusted to build computers used to randomly pick numbers for some of the most popular …

    FILE - In this June 29, 2017, file photo, Eddie Tipton, the former Multi-State Lottery Association information security director who admitted to masterminding a scheme to rig lottery games that paid him and others $2 million from seven fixed jackpots in five states, is seen in court in Des Moines, Iowa. Tipton is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, Aug. 22. (Rodney White/The Des Moines Register via AP, File) IADES501
  2. Pasco County man killed in wrong-way crash on New Jersey Turnpike

    Accidents

    MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. — Authorities say a Florida man driving the wrong way on the New Jersey Turnpike was killed when his SUV crashed head-on into another vehicle.

  3. No bond for suspect in Kissimmee officers' fatal shooting

    Crime

    KISSIMMEE — A suspect in the fatal shooting of two police officers in Florida will be staying in jail after a judge denied him bond Sunday, saying there was probable cause for his first-degree murder charge

    Officers Matthew Baxter, left, and Sam Howard, right, who were both shot and killed in Kissimmee, Florida, on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. [Kissimmee Police]
  4. Tampa police arrest 22-year-old man in July murder

    Crime

    TAMPA — Police arrested Sunday a 22-year-old man who detectives said shot and killed a Tampa man after an argument.

    Tampa police arrested Dejonta Felder, 22, in the murder of 32-year-old Julius R. Carter. [Tampa Police Department]