Donald Trump: Debate System Is Rigged

In a series of interviews over the past week, the Republican nominee has asserted that “the system is being rigged” against him. The first of three scheduled debates between Trump and Hillary Clinton will be held on Sept. 26, with NBC’s Lester Holt as the journalist questioning the candidates.

Trump Wants To Drop Debate Moderators

In an interview Monday on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Donald Trump predicted the upcoming presidential debates would be “very unfair,” and suggested doing away with moderators entirely. “Let Hillary and I sit there and just debate,” he said.

Presidential Debate Moderators Announced

NBC’s Lester Holt will moderate the first scheduled presidential debate on Sept. 26. ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper are doing the second and Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace the third.

Nets Brace For Trump-Clinton Debate Decision

With only three presidential debates and one vice presidential contest, some network stars are sure to be left out in the cold in what will be must-watch moments of the campaign season. Picking debate moderators is always a tough business, and today’s polarized, increasingly opinion-based media raises serious questions about whether objective, trusted and credible moderators can be found.

Ailes Advising Trump Ahead Of Debates

Roger Ailes, the former Fox News chairman ousted last month over charges of sexual harassment, is advising Donald Trump as he begins to prepare for the all-important presidential debates this fall. Ailes is aiding  Trump’s team as it turns its attention to the first debate with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee, on Sept. 26, according to four people briefed on the move, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

Looking Back At The Top Presidential Debates

Colbert To Air Live After Presidential Debates

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) — Stephen Colbert, who capitalized on the political conventions with live airings of his late-night show, will do the same for the presidential and vice presidential debates. “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” will air live on CBS after the scheduled Sept. 26 and Oct. 19 debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald […]

FEC Considered Punishing FNC For ‘Happy Hour’ Debate

CNN To Host Libertarian Candidates In Town Hall

Trump Backs Out Of Bernie Debate

Nets Interested in A Trump-Sanders Debate

ABC, CBS and Fox News have expressed interest in hosting a debate between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

Trump, Sanders Toss Around Idea Of Debate

That possibility surfaced Wednesday, even if in a jocular tone, in an indirect exchange between the Republican billionaire real estate mogul and the senator who Hillary Clinton hasn’t been able to bump from the Democratic presidential sweepstakes.

Clinton Declines Fox News Debate With Sanders

Bernie Sanders Agrees To Debate On Fox News

CNN Dem Debate In Brooklyn Draws 5.6 Million

CNN Lands Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders Debate

DMAS 1 & 4

WJLP, KJWP Offer OTA Debate To Candidates

Robert Mc Allan, president of the two stations in New York/New Jersey and Wilmington, Del./Philadelphia, says he’s disappointed that the majority of long-form exposure given the presidential candidates from both parties has been in the debates presented solely over cable and satellite, leaving nearly 1.5 million over-the-air households in the New York and Philadelphia markets literally in the dark. He hopes to rectify that.

The Republican Debates, By The Numbers

A new report breaks down how long they’ve lasted, who’s talked the least and who’s talked the most (one guess). And just think, it’s only March. Figure on a long, hot summer.

Fox News Gets Next GOP Debate: March 21

Viewership Falls Off For GOP Debate On CNN

One week after ratings soared to a 2016 high with an insult-ridden Republican debate on Fox News Channel, viewership fell off about 30% for CNN’s rather civil get-together last night.

Debates: Reality TV For The Political Masses

Is it all too much? In fact, this year’s debate schedule — at least 13 for Republicans and 10 for Democrats — is considerably shorter than in years past. Republicans debated 20 times during the 2012 GOP primary season; Democrats faced off 26 times during the 2008 primary campaign. While viewership has cooled since a whopping 24 million people watched the first GOP debate of the 2016 campaign last August, considerable audiences still are tuning in.

Univision Gets Tough On Democrats In Debate

Many Republicans view Univision as a hostile news organization, with its unapologetic pro-immigration reform stance and ties to Hillary Clinton. But on Wednesday night the network’s two top anchors, Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas, along with Washington Post correspondent Karen Tumulty, tried to shed that image, while also previewing what a potential general election debate might look like between Clinton and Donald Trump.

RETRANS

Univision Asks AT&T For 24-Hour Extension

Wednesday afternoon, Univision requested that AT&T continue to distribute its signal to AT&T’s U-Verse subscribers for 24 hours immediately following the conclusion of Wednesday night’s Washington Post-Univision Democratic Presidential Debate. Univision said it “is hopeful that AT&T will show good faith in the parties’ ongoing [retransmission consent] negotiations by treating Univision’s top-rated Hispanic content on par with its English-language broadcasting counterparts in order for the companies to continue to collaborate in serving the growing U.S. Hispanic community.”

 

Dems Draw 2.6M Viewers On Fox News Channel

Forum May Signal Thaw Between Dems, FNC

FNC Sees Double-Digit Gains For GOP Debate

16.9M Watch 11th GOP Debate On Fox News

March 9 Dem Debate To Air On 3 Networks

Thurw. GOP Debate Drew 14.5M On CNN, Telemundo

  NEW YORK (AP) — Thursday’s GOP debate was watched by 14.5 million people, according to the Nielsen ratings company. The explosive faceoff between presidential hopeful Donald Trump and rivals including Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio aired on both CNN and Telemundo. CNN averaged 13.26 million viewers, while Telemundo drew 1.27 million. Aired live from […]

GOP Debate On CBS Is Most-Watched Of 2016

Saturday’s contentious GOP debate from South Carolina has drawn another impressive audience — 13.51 million viewers and a 3.0 rating in adults 25-54 from 9 to 11 p.m. ET — edging last week’s event on ABC to become the most-watched of the seven Republican and Democratic debates so far this year.

COMMENTARY BY ERIK WEMPLE

Democrats Should Do A Debate On Fox News

Blitzer To Moderate CNN’s GOP Debate In Houston

Why PBS, CNN Are Teaming Up On Debate

In an unusual arrangement, PBS NewsHour will provide its feed of Thursday’s faceoff between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton to the cable news network while also distributing it to its 350 “member” stations around the country. The debate will thus be the first of this campaign carried on two networks.

ABC GOP Debate Draws 13.2M Viewers

The return of Donald Trump to the stage helped lift ratings for Saturday night’s Republican presidential primary debate on ABC, which has drawn the largest audience for a political gathering of either party in 2016 — and the network’s largest non-sports audience on a Saturday in more than 14 years.

MSNBC’s Dem Debate Is Lowest Rated Of Season

ABC Names Candidates For Sat. GOP Debate

GOP Adds Another Debate, Fox News To Host

Fox News will host its third Republican presidential primary debate on Thursday, March 3 from Detroit. The 2-hour debate will air live at 9 p.m. ET. Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace will return as moderators.

Clinton, Sanders Agree To Four More Debates

The debates will take place in New Hampshire, Michigan, Pennsylvania and California.

CNN Announces Democratic Town Hall For Wed.

12.5M Watch Fox Debate Without Trump

Fox News’ Trump-less debate Thursday night drew 12.5 million viewers, the second-highest telecast in the network’s history but the second lowest-rated GOP debate of the cycle thus far.