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.

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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 […]

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.

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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.

Trump Says Fox Apologized To Him In Feud

Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, in conversations with Trump, “acknowledged his concerns” about a statement the network had made in the days leading up to the debate, Fox said. But Fox said Trump had demanded a $5 million contribution to his charities in order to appear, which the network rejected.

Dem. Debate Added For Feb. 4 On MSNBC

CNN Democratic Town Hall Is Most-Watched

Trump Pulls Out Of GOP Debate On FNC

Donald Trump’s declaration was an unexpected, if not unpredictable, twist in the final days of the Iowa campaign. The real estate mogul had threatened repeatedly to boycott debates before, only to ultimately acquiesce. By picking a fight publicly, Trump assured that even if he goes through with his plan not to show up Thursday, his absence will be the center of attention. Adding intrigue to the Democratic race, the White House said President Barack Obama would host Bernie Sanders for an Oval Office meeting.

FNC Teams With Google For Next GOP Debate

RNC Moves Feb. Debate From NBC To CNN

CNN is replacing NBC News as the host of the Republican National Committee’s Super Tuesday debate in February. “The Republican National Committee has decided to move forward without NBC’s participation in our February debate in Houston, Texas. The RNC has awarded the debate to CNN, who will broadcast it on Thursday, Feb. 25, in Houston at a location to be decided,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said yesterday.

FNC Announces Date, Team For Iowa Debate

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel says it will host the seventh Republican presidential debate, taking place next month in Des Moines, Iowa ahead of that state’s caucuses. Fox […]

Holt To Moderate First Dem. Debate Of 2016

NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt will moderate the first Democratic debate of 2016, on Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, S.C.

18 Million Viewers Watch GOP Debate On CNN

Nielsen said on Wednesday this made it the third most-watched among the five GOP primary debates that have taken place so far this year.

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WMUR Booted From Next Democratic Debate

New Hampshire’s most influential television station is being pushed out of next week’s Democratic debate. The reason? A labor dispute between a handful of employees at the station, WMUR, and its owner, Hearst. The Democratic National Committee announced WMUR’s fate on Friday in a joint statement with the New Hampshire Democratic Party that blamed the TV channel and Hearst for the impasse.

Fox Business Net To Host Additional GOP Debate

Zucker: CNN Won’t Pay Trump To Appear In Debate

Muir, Raddatz To Moderate ABC’s Debates

World News Tonight anchor David Muir and ABC’s chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz will moderate two primary debates in the coming weeks, both from New Hampshire, site of the first-in-the-nation primary.

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WHO Gives Each GOP Presidential Candidate An Hour

CBS Saturday Debate Draws 8.6M Viewers

Viewer interest in the primary debates of both parties remains higher than previous years, with the second Democratic get-together of 2015 drawing a good-for-Saturday 8.55 million viewers on CBS.

FBN Logs Biggest Business Day After GOP Debate

FBN Drew 13.5 Million For GOP Debate

Focused primarily on economic issues, it was least-watched of the GOP debates, behind the 14 million who watched the third debate on CNBC. However, before Tuesday’s debate, Fox Business Network has never before reached as many as 1 million viewers for an event.

Debate Puts Spotlight On FBN Moderators

The fourth GOP debate — and first since a CNBC session left candidates grumbling about the journalists asking questions —- takes place Tuesday night in Milwaukee. Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, FBN’s Neil Cavuto and The Wall Street Journal’s Gerard Baker will guide the two-hour discussion starting at 9 p.m. ET. It’s also an opportunity for the relatively little-noticed business cable network, which will try to push its coverage in front of as many viewers as possible.

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WHO To Present GOP Candidate Forums

Three presidential candidates — Ben Carson, Bobby Jindal and Donald Trump — have agreed to sit with Tribune’s WHO Des Moines, Iowa, down for live, one-hour televised forums with Iowans where they will discuss three of the most pressing issues.