CNBC's Republican Presidential Debate Draws 3.3 Million
CNBC's broadcast of the Republican debate with the presidential hopefuls averaged 3.3 million total viewers from 8-10 p.m. on Wednesday night, according to Nielsen.
The Your Money, Your Vote debate from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. hosted by Maria Bartiromo, John Harwood and a slew of CNBC personalities featured Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum, drew nearly 1 million viewers in the core adults 25-54 demographic.
Compared to the most recent GOP debate, which aired Oct. 18 on CNN, CNBC's debate -- complete with Perry's memorable "oops" remark after blanking on an answer to a question -- was behind by more than 2 million viewers (3.3 million vs. 5.5 million). Fox News Channel's debate on Sept. 22 averaged 6.1 million, still the most-watched thus far this season.
Though CNBC, a financial news network, is well behind Fox News Channel and CNN's debates, its ratings during the two-hour period is above average for the channel. During 8-10 p.m., CNBC was the top-rated cable network in total viewers and ranked second in 25-54 behind the USA Network.