Second Republican Presidential Debate Draws Fewer Viewers Than First, With 9.5 Million Watching

The Wednesday night debate was the second in a row that the front-runner, former President Donald Trump, skipped to have the spotlight follow him instead of his distant rivals. Viewership was down from the 12.8 million who tuned into August’s debate, which marked the first time much of America heard from the other Republicans hoping to take on Trump.

Fox Slashed Ad Prices For Second Debate

Semafor reviewed the rates the network shared with one prospective ad buyer for both the first and second GOP primary debates. For the first debate, the cost of a single 30-second spot topped $495,000. But the same 30-second spot during Wednesday night’s contest cost just over $200,000.

Trump Plans To Skip GOP Debate For Interview With Tucker Carlson

The former president’s apparent decision to skip the first debate is a major affront both to the Republican National Committee and to Fox News, which is hosting the event.

Ron DeSantis Accepts Gavin Newsom’s Challenge To Debate On Fox News

The California governor had taunted his Florida counterpart for months. Now, with his presidential campaign struggling, DeSantis agreed to a debate hosted by Sean Hannity.

Nexstar Keeps Some High-Profile Debates Exclusive

It declines C-SPAN’s request for carriage, opting for national exposure on its co-owned NewsNation cable network. Above: WJW Cleveland’s debate between U.S. Senate candidates Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and J.D. Vance aired on Nexstar-owned NewsNation.

C-SPAN Blankets Cable, Broadband With Debate Coverage

The cable industry-backed C-SPAN is making sure cable and broadband subscribers have plenty of access to important political action in their states. With only two weeks before arguably one of the most important midterm elections in recent memory, C-SPAN is airing and streaming coverage of more than a dozen debates among candidates for governors, U.S. senators and representatives over the next week.

Bret Baier, Martha MacCallum to Co-Moderate Fox News Town Hall Featuring Ohio U.S. Senate Candidates

KCRA Sacramento/Capradio To Host Debate For U.S. House District 3

Hearst NBC affiliate KCRA Sacramento, Calif., and CapRadio are hosting a live debate in Sacramento with the candidates for U.S. House District 3 on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. […]

As Campaign Norms Erode, Even Debates Are Under Debate

Direct political engagement with voters is waning as candidates surround themselves with supporters. “They run these campaigns in bubbles,” a former congressman says. Above: A debate in the Nevada governor’s race between Gov. Steve Sisolak (l) and Joe Lombardo (r) was streamed live for $99 before it was broadcast to the public the next day. (Ellen Schmidt/Associated Press)

Nexstar Media Hosts Nearly 50 Candidate Debates, Forums Ahead Of Midterm Elections

In several key states with competitive races, Nexstar said it is the only local broadcaster with the scale and resources capable of bringing opposing candidates together for a live broadcast carried in virtually every county to an audience of millions of voters. Many of the Nexstar-hosted debates, including for the U.S. Senate races in Georgia and Pennsylvania and the Governor’s race in Texas, represent the only face-to-face meetings between the candidates ahead of the November elections.

C-SPAN Offers Pre-Election Debate Blitz

Nexstar To Host Debate Between Pa. Candidates For U.S. Senate

Nexstar Media said today that it will host an exclusive multi-market live primetime telecast of a debate between the candidates running for the United States Senate from Pennsylvania, Republican Dr. […]

WFSB Hartford And CT Insider To Host Senate Debate

Gray Television’s CBS affiliate WFSB Hartford, Conn., and CT Insider will host the live Senate Debate between U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D) and Leora Levy (R) at the WFSB studios in Rocky […]

KOBI, Southern Oregon University Schedule Oregon Gubernatorial Debate

In partnership with Southern Oregon University, California-Oregon Broadcasting’s NBC affiliates KOBI and KOTI, based in Southern Oregon, present a gubernatorial debate live Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. on KOBI in […]


KCCI Editorial Emphasizes Need To Watch Station’s Live Debate

KNBC-KVEA To Host Live Los Angeles Mayoral Debate

As the November election draws near for voters to elect the next mayor of the City of Los Angeles, NBC’s KNBC and Telemundo’s KVEA will host a mayoral debate with […]

NewsNation to Offer Candidate Debates in Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania

Debate Night in America will feature news and analysis from NewsNation’s team of journalists, including George Will and Chris Stirewalt. Nexstar’s TV stations serving Texas, Georgia and Pennsylvania are hosting the events and also televising them locally.

KCCI Des Moines To Host Primetime Debate Between Nominees for U.S. Congress

Hearst Television’s CBS affiliate KCCI Des Moines, Iowa, will host a live debate between Rep. Cindy Axne and Republican challenger Zach Nunn. The KCCI Commitment 2022: Iowa 3rd District Congressional Debate will air […]

DC Democratic Mayoral Candidates Faced Off On WTTG


KCCI Hosting State-Wide Debate For Iowa’s U.S. Senate Democratic Candidates

D.C. Mayor And Rival Clash Over WTTG Debate

WBTS Boston, NECN And Telemundo Boston To Host Preliminary Boston Mayoral Debate

NBCUniversal-owned WBTS Boston, Telemundo Boston and NECN, in partnership with the Dorchester Reporter and the Bay State Banner, will host, broadcast and livestream a one-hour live preliminary mayoral debate inside the NBCUniversal Boston Media Center tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 8, […]

WCBS To Host Debate Between NYC Democratic Mayoral Primary Candidates

CBS-owned WCBS New York will host a one-hour debate between leading contenders in the New York City Democratic Mayoral Primary on Thursday, June 10 (7-8 p.m.). The debate will air live on […]

Confusion Clouds Remaining Debates

An extended back-and-forth between the campaigns threw the presidential debate schedule into chaos Thursday, raising the question: Will there even be another debate? In addition to safety concerns, there is also a political standoff between the two campaigns, with a fight over the dates and settings of the two remaining debates.

Trump, Biden Clash Over Debate Timing, Format

Trump’s campaign is seeking to delay the final two debates by one week after the president pulled out of next Thursday’s event to protest the organizing commission’s decision to make the debate virtual. The Biden campaign said it will not agree to the delays, but instead wants the final debate to be a town hall style event to make up for next week’s scuttled showdown.

Trump Won’t Participate In Virtual Second Debate

Minutes after the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced this morning that next week’s second debate would be held virtually, President Trump announced that he would not participate. “I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate,” he told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo in an interview.


It’s Time For The Debates To Go Remote

The events of the past week show that in-person showdowns won’t work in this pandemic, with this administration.


WRAL And PolitiFact Fact-Checked Presidential Debate In Real Time


KOAT To Air First Televised Debate Between Congressional Candidates

Sanders vs. Biden Debate Scores 10.8M Viewers

CNN and Univision drew 10.8 million total average viewers for Sunday night’s Democratic debate between Sen. Bernie Sanders and former vice president Joe Biden, handing CNN its most-watched debate of the election cycle, according to Nielsen Fast National data.

Sunday Dem Debate Moved To DC, Ramos Out

Univision’s Jorge Ramos has backed out of his planned role as one of the moderators of Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate because of possible exposure to the coronavirus, and the event itself has been moved from Phoenix to CNN’s studios in Washington, D.C.

Audience Pulled From Next Dem Debate

Due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus. there will be no live audience when former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, both vying for the Democratic nomination, face each other Sunday in Phoenix at the request of both candidates’ campaigns. CNN is scheduled to televise the event.


CBS News Debate Performance Panned

Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell tried to manage seven presidential candidates fighting for their lives Tuesday, just a week before the South Carolina and Super Tuesday primaries. Particularly at the start, the journalists looked like substitute teachers in front of an unruly school class.

Vegas Debate Scores Highest Dem Ratings

Coming before the Nevada primary vote, Wednesday’s debate drew 12 million viewers tuned in to NBC, with 7.6 million on MSNBC — the third-largest audience ever for a single telecast on the cable network. The debate had more than twice the viewership of two previous Democratic Presidential debates.

CBS Unveils Feb. 25 Debate Moderator Lineup

CNN, Univision To Co-Host Dem Debate

The Democrats are heading to the Valley of the Sun next month for the 11th Democratic primary debate of the 2020 election cycle. CNN and Univision will host the debate on March 15, in Phoenix. It will air from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. Additional info, including moderators, venue and criteria, will be released at a later date, according to CNN.

MSNBC Debate Draws Least Of Any This Year

Wednesday’s Democratic debate drops 31% in the key demo from CNN’s last month, attracting 6.5 million viewers.

NBC’s Issues Aren’t Addressed Despite Candidates’ Letter

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after four Democratic presidential candidates called on NBC News to support an independent investigation into its handling of sexual misconduct, the issue remained offstage […]

4 Dem Candidates Push NBC On Eve Of Debate

Citing harassment allegations at the network, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren urged its parent, Comcast, to conduct an independent review.


Washington Post, MSNBC Set Special Debate Coverage Live From Atlanta

The Washington Post and MSNBC will kick off special coverage in Atlanta for the fifth Democratic presidential primary debate beginning Monday, Nov. 18. The two-hour live event, sanctioned by the Democratic […]