September 17th, 2015
01:26 PM ET

CNN DEBATE HAS BIGGEST RATINGS IN CNN HISTORY

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CNN DEBATE HAS BIGGEST RATINGS IN CNN HISTORY

23 MILLION TUNE IN FOR REPUBLICAN DEBATE ON TELEVISION 

ADDITIONAL 4.5 MILLION LIVE VIDEO STREAMS

According to Nielsen Fast National ratings data, last night’s CNN Republican candidates' presidential debate (8:15-11:15pm, ET) moderated by Jake Tapper averaged 22,939 million total viewers.

Prior to last night’s debate, CNN’s highest rated presidential primary debate was the California Democratic debate on January 31, 2008 which averaged 8.3 million viewers.

CNN’s most-watched program ever was a special “Larry King Live” with Ross Perot and Al Gore with 16.8 million total viewers (11/9/93).

In the early debate, CNN averaged 6.3 million viewers.  Fox News’ early debate averaged 6.1 million.

Tapping its TV Everywhere service CNNgo, CNN live streamed the debate on CNN.com and through its mobile apps.  At 9:45 pm, usage peaked at 921,000 concurrent live streams. The day saw 4.5 million live video starts of the debate across its digital platforms.

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Topics: 2016 Election • CNN • CNN Debate • CNN Politics • Ratings
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