CNN HAS HIGHEST DEMOCRATIC DEBATE RATINGS IN HISTORY
15.3 MILLION TUNE-IN FOR CNN DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES’ DEBATE ON TELEVISION
Democratic Debate Live Stream Sets New Record
According to Nielsen Fast National ratings data, last night’s CNN Facebook Democratic candidates’ presidential debate moderated by Anderson Cooper averaged 15.3 million total viewers. In the demo 25-54, the debate averaged 4.8 million — the highest ever for a Democratic debate.
Prior to last night’s debate, the highest rated Democratic presidential primary debate on cable news was CNN’s 2008 Los Angeles Debate (1/31/08), which averaged 8.3 million viewers. On broadcast, the highest rated was ABC’s 2008 Philadelphia Democratic debate (4/16/08), averaging 10.7 million viewers.
This was the 6th highest non-sports cable telecast on record.
CNN live streamed the debate to CNN.com, its mobile apps and Apple TV, setting an all-time record for peak concurrent streams of a live news event. At 10:20pm, usage peaked at 980,000 concurrent streams, topping the 921,000 peak concurrent streams CNN saw of its GOP debate at Reagan Library. For comparison, it’s estimated that NBC pulled in 1.3 million peak concurrent streams of the Super Bowl earlier this year.
In addition, CNN’s Democratic debate day earned 4.3 million total live streams (web, app, and Apple TV) and more than 13 million total video starts.